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This is “Heart Healthy Month”

12 Feb

Have you taken care of your heart?  Would you say that you are heart healthy? Then you may be better off that most folks.

Some of us think about our hearts on Valentine’s Day. It more than love.

Do you eat “heart healthy food?” Red wine and dark chocolate are suppose to be great for the heart. I would say most researchers would say, ” But not in excess.” Red wine and dark choclolate are 70% higher with resveratrol. This is what is suppose to lower your blood sugar.

Actually the red wine also contains catechins that are thought to improve blood cholesterol. 

 I am bringing two bottles to Adults Night Out tonight. Tommorrow the mens group is cooking the ladies breakfast for Valenine’s Day. That’s kind of nice gesture.

www.USA.gov You can subscribe to this website and get some intresting information sent to you.  One article that came yesterday was on improving your heart. The risk factors of heart disease and how to prevent heart disease are important to know.

 If you or somone else feels like they are having a heart attack call 911. The symptoms according to the USA.gov is the following:

-pressure or pain in the chest

-shortness of breath (I almost said breast)

-a feeling of light headness, or feeling dizzy, weak

-discomfort in your upper body (arm, shoulder, back, neck, jaw)

-nausea or a discomfort in the stomach

(Josh, this sounds like what someone in church was describing about their husband.)

Heart Disease kills more than any other disease in American. This is American Heart Month. What have you done to help yourself or your family?

Do you have a heart defibillator in your church? It could make a difference on if you or someone else will die. Some churches are way out in the boon docks.

According to Life Extension these are other great foods to eat that are heart healthy:

Blueberries/rasphberrries and strawberries (organic) are suppose to be really good for you. Why? They are full of beta carotene, potassium, fiber, vitamin C, folate, ellagic acid (a polyphenol), lutein, and anthocyranin. I know when the grocery store has them on sale, and they are in season I always buy them. I really love black berries but I don’t see them listed here. I question the pesticides so I am careful what country they come from. I remember my family doctor once telling me about all the blueberries they eat in their family. Go blueberry picking this summer and freeze them.

Oatmeal is suppose to be a great source of soluble fiber, niacin, folate, and potassium. I have read blueberries are good for cholesterol lowing. It’s probably not those packages in the box but the real old fashioned oatmeal.

Almonds and walnuts are full of omega 3 fatty acidss, vitamin E, fiber, magnesium, and mono and poply unsaturated fats.

Salmon is something I love and eat twice a week. Tuna and salmon are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Certain tunas are better than others.

Ground up flaxseeds are a great source of fiber, omega 3 fatty accids and polyoestrogens. I know survivors that eat flaxseeds each day. For some  who have hormonal driven estrogen type cancers we may want to research flaxseeds and soy products before using, and have your hormonal level tested.

Remember when you put that steak on your plate at Valentine’s Day, order only a small piece. Fish is great to eat. I hear the Pickwick has some great Valentine’s Day specials on this heart day. We had a delicious meal there on Thanksgiving.

What have you done for your heart health this month? Today? What will you be doing to save your heart on Valentine’s Day?

I can think of many a laugh I have gotten on Valentine’s Day. Hide some hidden notes for your loved ones everywhere.  Add a few jokes.

 

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