Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you observe the holiday or view it as one of the largest, most successful marketing ploys of all time, it’s as good a day to think about the heart as any.
With National Heart Month officially reaching the halfway point, we wanted to provide a brief reminder on why your heart deserves some love today, and everyday to come.
- Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States, claiming approximately 1 million lives annually. To put that in perspective, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease each and every year. One. In. Four…that’s crazy. Just imagine if an infectious disease were causing these numbers; you’d have a hard time ignoring it.
Rather than leave you with such a sobering thought, remember the good news: heart disease can often be prevented with healthy lifestyle and dietary choices–choices that you have the power to help promote! Here are two for consideration.
- Get a friend or family member off processed foods. This article written by an experienced heart surgeon says it all: Heart Surgeon Speaks Out on What Really Causes Heart Disease. The big food industry fights tooth and nail, and spends millions of dollars, to keep this information from becoming common knowledge, but they can’t stop the power of consumers coming together to say enough is enough.
- Take 5 minutes to meditate every day this month. As you already know, stress is a major contributor to heart disease. But numerous, well-documented studies like this one from Harvard Medical School have revealed the power of meditation in lowering stress levels. See what 5 minutes can do for you.