Isabel sends a message for this month, and to some degree we agree with her. She writes…
American Heart Month encourages us to “go red” for heart health. I say, “go green” instead!
What do I mean by that?
Well, first of all, I need to say what a good thing I think the American Heart Association has done for women’s heart health. The Go Red for Women campaign has raised lots of money…and more importantly…awareness of the #1 health issue for women. Thank goodness for the “go red” campaign.
But what I want to talk to you about is taking care of your heart all year long. And what better time to start than during American Heart Month!
Try this quiz to see how “heart smart” you really are.
1. True or False? Cardiac arrest and heart attack are the same thing.
2. To reduce your risk of heart disease, which fiber source should you load up on?
C. Whole grain bread
3. Which of the following signs of heart attack are more common in women than men?
B. Trouble sleeping
C. Indigestion or gas-like pain
D. Fatigue or unexplained weakness
F. Shortness of breath
G. Discomfort between the shoulder blades
H. A sense of impending doom
I. None of the above
J. All of the above
4. At rest, the muscles in the heart work twice as hard as
A. The leg muscles of a person who is standing still
B. The leg muscles of a person who is walking
C. The leg muscles of a person who is jogging
D. The leg muscles of a person who is sprinting
5. True or False? There is nothing you can do to stop heart disease.
1. False – A heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, while cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly.
2. A. Beans are a great source of soluble fiber, which can help regulate your blood sugar and lower your cholesterol
3. J. All of the above.
4. D. Even at rest, the muscles of the heart work hard – twice as hard as the leg muscles of a person sprinting.
5. False – You can reduce your risk of heart disease significantly if you have the information you need, know which questions to ask your doctor, and have support to make heart-healthy changes in your life (like the community on Beyond Diet).
How did you do? Even if you “aced” this quiz, we can all learn something new when it comes to the health of our hearts.
For instance, did you know that our hearts beat about 100,000 times each day and are responsible for pumping 2,000 gallons of blood through our bodies? The heart is a small organ, but it is absolutely critical to keeping our bodies in tip-top shape. Any damage to the heart (even just a part of it) can reduce its pumping power, forcing it to work even harder in order to keep up with the body’s demand for blood.
That’s why it is SO important to keep our hearts in excellent shape. How do we do that? By eating healthy, well-balanced meals and exercising!
I know it can be difficult to eat enough vegetables (and obtain all the nutrients from them) on a daily basis. That’s why I use Athletic Greens every single morning. I’ve told you this before, but I will tell you again because I am such a huge fan of Athletic Greens…this greens powder is my nutritional insurance.
We’re glad Isabel is happy with that product. We don’t use it because it is extremely expensive compared to the product we use and contains a lesser amount of nutrients. However, in fairness, we will give you that web site and you can decide for yourself. Keep your heart healthy…add Athletic Greens to your daily routine.
The bottom line is simply this. Most of our fresh foods are picked green, thus missing the vital nutrients that keep us well, and for this reason it is most important to supplement with a good quality vitamin. If you get colds and flu, then you need to change the brand of vitamins you take. You can check out what we recommend on our Supplements?! page.