Your heart races when you feel excited, slows when you relax, and beats steady and strong when you feel safe and loved. It’s your constant companion and the drumbeat to your life. Did you know that if you live to be 100 years old, your heart will have beaten about 3,786,978,960 times? That’s nearly 4 billion heartbeats!
Obviously, your heart works hard to care for you, so it’s important that you care for it. Learn how you can improve your cardiovascular health and why keeping your heart healthy is so important!
Eye-opening statistics about your heart
Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that cardiovascular disease and stroke are major women’s health risks; but knowledge is power and a critical part of healthy living! Consider the following:
- Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in the United States.
- Stroke and cardiovascular diseases are responsible for the death of one in three women every year.
- Almost two-thirds of women who die of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.
- Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factor for heart disease or stroke.
- Heart disease kills six times as many women as breast cancer every year, but data shows that women fear breast cancer more.
Heart health tips
Before you get carried away worrying about the state of your heart, remember that there are lots of ways to care for yourself. Try these tips to help you better manage your cardiovascular health and show your heart some love!
1. Eat a heart-healthy diet
There are so many reasons to eat healthily, and your heart just got added to the list. When it comes to a heart-healthy diet, it’s important to trim unhealthy fats, high-sodium foods, and sugary drinks; but it’s also important to remember all the delicious things you can add to your diet.
Try incorporating these tasty and heart-healthy foods to your next meal, and remember that you can always use your favorite Vitality™ essential oils for extra flavor!
♦ Salmon, albacore tuna, and other fish high in omega-3 fatty acids
♦ Whole grains like steel-cut oats, brown rice, and whole-grain bread
♦ Fruits and vegetables—like our grilled zucchini!
Even when you work hard to care for your heart, you don’t always make the best decisions every single day. Supplement your heart-healthy choices with CardioGize™, a naturally derived supplement formulated to support healthy heart function and blood circulation.*
This supplement includes astragalus, dong quai, motherwort, and hawthorn berry, which have all been used traditionally to support the cardiovascular system. Plus, the deodorized garlic and CoQ10 in CardioGize also promote healthy circulation and have antioxidant properties.
3. Cultivate healthy habits
Habits big and small make a difference on your heart. Cultivate an attitude of overall wellness and incorporate these healthy choices into your daily routine.
♦ Get 6-8 hours of sleep per night to allow your body time to recover and recuperate. Use our 10 essential oil tips for your nightly routine to help your body get some much-needed rest and recovery.
♦ Stop smoking and tobacco use. Smoking makes you 2-4 times more likely to develop heart disease, and it keeps oxygen from your brain, increases your risk for blood clots, inhibits your ability to be physically active, and increases your heart rate and blood pressure.
♦ Avoid excessive alcohol use. You can always host a fun and festive Club Red party featuring NingXia Red® and Vitality oils!
4. Live an active lifestyle
Just like any other muscle, the best way to make your heart stronger is to work out. Whether you prefer high-intensity workouts or a slow burn, these tips can help keep your heart in tip-top shape.
♦ Get moving! Go for a run, bike ride, or swim to get your heart pumping. Not sure where to add a workout in your busy schedule? Try incorporating exercise into your day with our quick exercise tips for your everyday routine.
♦ Find ways to take stress off your body and your heart. In addition to working out, relax and unwind through yoga, meditation, or anything that helps you calm your body and mind. You can even try it at work with our sit-down, sweat-free Aroma Yoga.
With this heart health information, you’re better equipped to take the best care of your heart. Try adding one thing to your day to give your heart a boost, and remember that little changes can make a big difference!