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Heart disease and your family history can be altered with some changes

We see generations of women come into Indulge, A Colour Salon 180 from Ordinary at all of our locations  and as always we hear everything from the daughter graduating from high school, to which daughter is pregnant and the next is heart disease or ailments and which doctors they are seeing. We hear it all and we also can head off some difficult news by lending an ear or recommending certain doctors that have well known reputations for certain types of ailments that can be confronted.

The cool thing about women and networking is that women like to help women. They will give suggestions on whom to see as far as professional due to their own experiences. Heart disease is more common among women and more genetically passed through the family. The reason it runs through the families is because family members make the same mistakes in eating fatty foods, not enough exercise, and fall into the same patterns. Isn’t that great news? We can change our future by better choices. Some better choices may be:

a. Eat more nutrient rich foods. Eat seven to nince servings of fruit and veggies per day. Save all of your baked and friedc foods for the occasional treat. This basically keeps your cholesterol and blood pressure down.

b. GET SOME EXERCISE every day. Get out of the mind set that if your not going to the gym or doing the entire workout with DVD, you may as well not bother. I used to have this mindset myself. Since I started working out since last October, 2011 I used to do 5-6 days a week for about 1 hour. Now I realized and educated myself that I do not need to do that many days or that long of a period. Our bodies were designed to be rigorous to catch our meal by running after it in short spurts. I know, now we just pull up to the window or throw it in the microwave. How many calories do you burn doing that? Good cardio in shorter times will be so much more effective and better for your heart. After reading the “Paleo Diet” I learned that really if we did these exercises in shorter spurts we sweat and burn calories quicker and the body responds. Even if you feel like you can’t get through 30 minutes, just tell yourself I will get better, with more practice, I will master this work out. You should have seen me in the beginning. I could hardly get my legs up in a V and hold them there. Today, I can do it with no problem. JUST START. You can do this in 30 minutes three days per week. You will still maintain even if you feel the need for a Hershey Golden Almond Nugget. (my fave)

c. If you smoke, QUIT IT! smoking damages the protective lining around the arties. That totally sucks and you are causing. Change your mindset by choosing to replace it with some other activitiy that keeps your hands busy and your mind busy instead of the habit. Otherwise, you will go back to your bad stinky habit.

d. Sing opera out loud. You can do this in the shower or the car or sing wherever. Crazy but it lowers your blood pressure by as much as 25 percent. This is according the Harvard scientists. With higher blood pressure, the heart has to work harder which leads to heart attack.

e. Get to the dentist regularly. I’ve learned that a party of bacteria can lead to heart disease. My son used to take an antibiotic 1/2 hour before his dental appointment to prevent any bacteria that may have accumulated which can affect the heart. That nasty bacteria of the mouth can lead to a stroke or heart attack. Taking care of your mouth every three months even for a cleaning can prevent heart disease by 24 percent.

f. Laugh more. Life is to serious. Try 30 minutes of laughing at sitcoms or a favorite video opens up those arteries. Who knew? Being happy and telling yourself to be happy is by far a better healer than getting sucked into the negativity. Choose to be happy. When you are happy and doing small things for yourself such as having a facial treatment or a nail service or something that gives you happy endorphins puts good stuff in your veins naturally which will reduce any long term negative affects that would require medication. Allows your blood to flow freely and reduces your blood pressure, according to the study published in the American Journal of Cardiology. This technique lasts up to 24 hours.

I believe that with these simple techniques that were recommended by Randall Wright, M.D. director of teh Neurovascular Institute at the Conroe Regional Medical Center in Texas and auther of The WRight Choice: Your Family’s Prescription for Heathy Eating, Modern Fitness and Saving Money has given us super women weapons against “hereditary genes” for heart disease and stroke. 


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