Looking After Your Heart Naturally
Foods to support heart health
When I think of looking after your heart, I think of both your emotional and your physical heart health.
To look after your physical heart health, a healthy diet will help. One that’s rich in oily fish so that you have enough of the essential omega 3 fatty acids to help with blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Magnesium found in green leafy vegetables is a really important mineral for the heart muscle. Vitamin C found in brightly coloured fruit and vegetables is helpful to prevent against hardening of the arteries. Herbal tea can help too, I like Salus Hawthorn tea as it has such an affinity with the heart. I was told one time that white tea is brilliant to keep the arteries nice and supple. Beetroot, you can’t go wrong with to help improve blood flow. Garlic is one of the best foods you can eat to support heart health - it’s not only good to keep the vampires away!
Aim to reduce salt, sugar, saturated fat, and refined carbs because over time, high amounts of salt, sugar, saturated fat, and refined carbs raise your risk for a heart attack or stroke. Himalayan salt, Celtic Sea Salt or Sea Salt will be better options to common table salt. Xylitol could make a good substitute for sugar. Choose wholegrains instead of the refined carbs and lean proteins instead of saturated fats. A balanced diet will help you achieve your goals.
Don't forget your water, this is one of the simplest things that you can do to help with blood pressure. Sip throughout the day.
Supplements for heart health
If you are thinking about a supplement, then a popular remedy over the years is Jan De Vries Hawthorn Garlic Complex, with B1 which contributes to normal heart function. It’s a simple combination that helps to protect your heart. Hawthorn in food has a long tradition of supporting heart health, it is one of our most popular supplements over the years. Garlic in the diet also has a long tradition for heart health helping to maintain healthy cholesterol levels supporting healthy blood pressure levels. It is nice to see these two foods in this supplement to help you support heart health. You could combine this with a fish oil, Eskimo Omega 3 Oil for example. Omega 3 can help to reduce the LDL the bad cholesterol. This combination could work together to help you keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in check.
Looking after your emotional heart health
I believe that your emotional health can impact on your physical heart. We have all experienced stress, anxiety, separation, and bereavement at some point. We can identify with the physical pain of these emotions. It feels like your heart is going to break. There is little to be done in some of these situations. Self-compassion, self-care, and time are often the only healers of this type of pain. The Healing Flower Star of Bethlehem is the flower remedy to help soothe a broken heart and worth taking in times of emotional heartache.
Relaxation, meditation, and sleep will do wonders for your heart too. Exercise is important, but make sure to do what you can do, not what you think you should be doing.
Keep on eye on your heart health, you would be lost without it. Look after it and it will look after you.