According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, every 7 minutes, a Canadian dies from heart disease or stroke.
Are You Ready for a Change? Unfortunately, current research shows that many of the widely circulated nutritional recommendations for modulating some of the risk factors for heart health are ineffective and may in fact be contributing to cardiovascular disease and other health issues. The food pyramid that is taught to us is not the one to follow if you are looking for optimal health and wellness.
How can this be? Because many of the dietary recommendations are based on very old research with faulty methodology.
For example, for decades we have been told to replace saturated fats like butter and animal fats, with polyunsaturated fats such as corn oil or sunflower oil. However, a review of numerous scientific studies suggests that doing so is increasing the rate of death from cardiovascular disease. These findings have led to the emergence of a somewhat controversial theory, and that is that cholesterol and saturated fat, in and of themselves, are not the cause of cardiovascular disease.
The important cornerstones of heart health are reducing oxidation and inflammation in the body, which can be done by following sound nutritional advice (with food and supplements) as well as lifestyle changes that are proven to boost cardiovascular health.
Actions Steps you can take starting today:
Niacin (vitamin B3) is shown to raise HDL, the “good” cholesterol. Plus, it’s much cheaper than a prescription drug and has similar effects.
- Niacin 500 mg Extended Release - Every night at bedtime. Be sure if you take this to do so under your doctor’s direction.
Studies show that Guided imagery has the ability to reduce stress and anxiety, decrease blood pressure, enhance sleep, and contribute to an overall sense of well-being, adding that activities that elicit the relaxation response also increase heart rate variability, which is an important factor in improving cardiovascular health.
Book an appointment today to go over your history and receive your personalized nutritional assessment and plan. Contact Lynn Today.