As Valentines Day distracts us with images of love hearts, perhaps the greatest gift this year is a plan to look after the health of your heart.
Cardiovascular disease causes 26% of all deaths in the UK. There are countless studies that show that a change of diet and life habits can dramatically improve health outcomes. As one expert said "........genetic predisposition is the gun, lifestyle choices the trigger....."
Lower blood pressure and cholesterol by increasing foods full of potassium and magnesium. Green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds , dark skin fruit, avocados, oily fish, are all foods to focus on while you cut out processed fats and sugary treats.
Relax the blood vessels with polyphenol rich food (apple, pomegranate) and nitric oxide to relax the vessels (curcumin and beetroot)
Garlic reduces the 'thickness' of the blood and improves cholesterol parameters. For best results use it raw or take a supplement. Side effect...it will kill many unwanted viruses and bacteria!
K2 reduces vascular calcification
(furring of the arteries) and recent studies confirm it is important if taking high dose Vitamin D.
Stress reduction, exercise and drinking some water, go hand in hand with heart health. Small changes can lead to big rewards.
I'll leave you with a powerful smoothie recipe to try.
• 2 small beetroots (the smaller, the sweeter)
• 2 large carrots
• 1 stalk of celery
• 1 apple
• Ginger to taste and water.
Drink freely to super nourish your cells.