How Healthy is Your Heart?

February 23, 2018

Heart health has been on my mind a lot lately.

My maternal grandmother and great grandmother both passed away from heart disease and I lost a a good friend from a sudden heart attacks this year. 

I believe keeping your heart healthy is important to living a happy life. 

Have you ever noticed that after someone has survived a heart attack usually take a whole new perspective on their life. 

They start to eat healthier, exercise, rethink their priorities in life and begin to live their life with new meaning.  

Don’t wait till having a heart attack forces you to make changes in your life.  Start making changes to live a healthier life now.  

Eat healthy and control blood sugar. Unregulated blood sugar is a risk factor for pre-diabetes and diabetes.  We know that when blood sugar is continuously elevated (above 100 on a fasted blood test) it can cause diabetes but also being hypoglycemic (low blood sugar below 65 on a fasted blood test) an also cause diabetes. 

It is important to keep blood sugar regulated throughout the day.  You want to eat a diet filled with fiber rich vegetables, lean proteins and complex carbs throughout your day to help keep blood sugar stabilized. 

Foods also high in omega 3 are good for your heart health, e.g. wild salmon, almonds, walnuts.  You also want to incorporate fresh berries, spinach and other green leafy vegetables, oats and sweet potatoes.  Your fasted blood sugar should range from 85-99 mg/Dl.

Check your A1C. The A1C test is a good way to look at your blood sugar levels in addition to fasting glucose.  The higher your A1C level is the greater the risk of diabetes and poor heart health. 

Cholesterol gets a bad reputation but it’s not so much that cholesterol is the bad guy but what having high cholesterol is trying to tell us.  High cholesterol is a sign that there is excess inflammation in your body and that your body is trying to repair itself by using cholesterol.  In order to control your cholesterol be sure that you are controlling your simple sugar intake and follow the rules to healthy eating I have talked about previously.    

The best supplements to help mange high blood lipid levels are red yeast rice extract, garlic extract, Pantethine (B5) and Chromium.  

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Balancing Estrogen.  It has been shown that heart disease risk in woman increases as estrogen decreases after menopause.  Some natural ways to help balance low estrogen  are to avoid coffee and other caffeine. I know this is almost impossible for some woman so I would give advice to decrease caffeine as much as possible.  Try to increase consumption of herbal teas or switch to decaf.

Add flaxseeds to your diet.  Flaxseeds contain lignans which are estrogen like chemicals that also serve as antioxidants.  Flax also has a good deal of fiber and be added to shakes or sprinkled over salads or yogurts, be sure to you are using ground flaxseeds.  

Have more orgasms.  Female orgasms and sexual stimulation raise estrodiol levels.  Orgasms also raise oxytocin, which works with estrogen to buffer stress and lower cortisol.  

Manage high blood pressure.   High blood pressure is a direct risk of heart disease and should be managed accordingly.  Keep your weigh within a healthy range and exercise regularly, drink in moderation and avoid smoking.   

Manage stress and cortisol.  Increased stress and excessive levels of cortisol can cause increased strain on the heart. Everyone’s life has stress but the way that you mange it helps to keep healthy.  Add activities into your daily life to help lower cortisol like leisure walking, massage, acupuncture, practicing gratitude, meditation and yoga. 

Exercise.  Obviously exercise has a ton of benefits that I talk about all the time but it is extremely important to keeping your heart healthy.   Doing cardiovascular exercise at least 3-4 times a week will help to keep blood and oxygen pumping through your body.  Your heart is a muscle and exercising it will help to keep it strong and healthy.  

Healing the emotional part of the heart.  The heart holds many emotions, we love with our heart, when we experience something sad in life we say we are heart broken.  Paying attention to the emotional part of our body helps to keep our heart healthy also.  Take a look at how you are handling love in your life.  Are you harboring any feelings of resentment or anger?  Are you holding back from loving or keeping yourself from feelings of love?  Take time to really think about these questions and see if you need to heal any emotions to keep your heart healthy.  

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What's Love Got to Do With It?!

February 15, 2018

With all the hype around Valentine’s Day and looking for love with a partner, I think it is important to talk about loving the most important person first, yourself. 

We spend so much energy looking for love and wanting to be loved but we don’t spend enough time working on loving ourselves. 

Self love is not selfish, we need to learn how to love ourselves first.

Here are some of my ideas on how to increase self love: 

Give Gratitude.  Gratitude is the number one game changer in feeling and g...

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The Top Reasons Why You Are Not Seeing the Success You Want

February 5, 2018

Have you ever wondered why no matter what some people do they always achieve success while others seem to struggle more.

There are certain things that successful people do that others do not. 

If you have been trying to reach a certain goal or level of success and can’t seem to figure out why you are not able to obtain the level of success you want, here are a few reasons that you can cause you struggle. 

You Quit Too Soon. Reaching a big goal can take a lot of effort.  It can be fr...

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7 Ways a Business Coach Can Save You Money!

January 26, 2018

Being a solo business owner and entrepreneur can sometimes feel lonely.

You may not have someone else you can ask questions to or bounce ideas off of that knows what you are going through.  

Having a coach helps you to make and execute a plan for your businesses success, keep you on track with your goals, and acts as a sounding board for important decisions in your business.

If you don’t have a business coach this can be something huge that is missing in your business. 

Having a business coach ...

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Why Collagen Is All the Rage

January 25, 2018

Collagen seems to be all the rage right now and I am feeling obsessed with it now too! 

You have probably seen it as supplements, powders, and Gummy. Everyone seems to be marketing the collagen is the next big thing. 

As a nutritionist, I have defiantly jumped on the bandwagon too! 

What is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues. 

Collagen provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system, essential for mobil...

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Can this lead to a happier you?

January 18, 2018

One great thing about the month of January is the time you have to slow down after a crazy month and spend some time taking care of yourself. 

This is a great time to reset and a take stock of what is going on in your life and how it is affecting your health. 

Self Care gets a bad rap sometimes, people think it’s just all about taking bubble baths while sipping on champagne and eating chocolate but there is so much more to it then that!!

Self Care is about honoring who you really are and takin...

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Are You Feeling Burnt Out?

January 11, 2018

So now that the craziness of the December and the holidays are over and its time to settle down in to your usual day to day life you may be feeling a little burnt out or run down.

It is not unusual to feel burnt out especially after a time in your life when you have probably been non stop doing things to take care and trying to please others. 

What does being burnt out look like? 

-Feeling of exhaustion, being tired no matter how long you sleep. 
-Not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep at ...

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How to Live Agelessly

June 18, 2017

A few weeks ago I was out celebrating my birthday and one of my friends whom I’ve known since college said to me, “You look ageless, haven’t aged a day since college.” 

Now, I know that isn’t really true, I definitely don’t look exactly like I did in college, but I appreciated the compliment. 

His remark got me thinking about why some people look their age and others seem to drink from the fountain of youth. 

I believe there are some secrets to aging and looking and feeling your very...

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Do You Need to Take Vitamins?

May 1, 2017

Do you really need to take vitamins is a question I get a lot. We should be able to get all of our nutrients from the foods that we eat, and not need to take additional supplementation.

However, it is unfortunate that most people don’t eat enough of an adequate nutrient dense diet. In addition the food that we eat is usually farmed in nutrient depleted soil so we are not getting the highest quality vitamins and minerals we need from just food alone. 

This is why it is important to take add...

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Secrets to Long, Healthy, Lucious Hair!

April 18, 2017

I was born with a full head of hair and have always been lucky enough to have long, full, thick hair. 

However, when I was suffering with adrenal fatigue my hair would fall out in clumps and I felt that I could make a wig out of the hair I found on the floor. 

Once I was able to get my hormones balanced and start to heal from adrenal fatigue my hair would fall out less.

Within a few months my hair was back to its normal, full, (or Jersey big) hair! lol 

If you are looking to get fuller, t...

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