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Its all about the heart...

February is the month of the heart. 

A few simple tips to help a healthy heart include:
 
  • Stop smoking
  • Increase activity levels
  • Reduce Stress levels
  • Cut out refined sugars and junk Food
  • Replace with a wholefood diet
  • Increase water intake
  • Cut out on red meat and alcohol
  • Laugh a lot

Smoking is one of the worst things for heart health. It replaces precious oxygen with poisonous carbon monoxide in your red blood cells, making your heart work harder with every puff. Not to mention the toxic chemicals within each cigarette. 

Increase antioxidants from fresh fruits and vegetables - especially green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits and red berries. Resveratrol present in the skins of red grapes, berries and peanuts is cardio protective and packed full of vitamin C. Resveratrol is a member of a group of plant compounds called polyphenols. These compounds are thought to have antioxidant properties, protecting the body against the kind of damage linked to increased risk for conditions such as cancer and heart disease. 

As we age our blood vessels naturally become less pliable which has implications for blood pressure and the risk of stroke. These blood vessels are covered in a layer of smooth muscle which facilitates a steady blood supply to all tissues concerned through constant contraction and relaxation. The minerals necessary for efficient function of that muscle are magnesium, calcium and potassium, which we can get in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale or chard.

Consider a green smoothie such as our very own 'green monster' or 'blueberry bliss' at happy organic. 

Essential fats really are also something to consider. They help to optimise the structure of the cells, ensuring that oxygen and nutrients are exchanged efficiently and that intercellular messengers can relay their information. These good fats can be found in avocado, chia seeds, flax or linseed, and oily fish.

One of the most important components to heart health that is frequently over-looked is to ‘get happy’.  A sense of purpose in life is invaluable to a happy and healthy heart!