Women’s Heart Health

Because heart disease is a leading cause of death in women, I am always on the lookout for ways to connect women for prevention and support.

http://www.womenheart.org/?page=Thrive2016

Women’s Heart Health

I’ve found a great organization with excellent support in person and online:

I HAVE HEART DISEASE. . . NOW WHAT?

After being diagnosed with heart disease, many women experience feelings of isolation and depression. Talking with someone who’s been there can make a difference in emotional recovery. WomenHeart has a unique model utilizing a series of peer to peer programs specifically designed to educate and support you each step of your heart health journey.”

Please click on over to their amazing website to see if there is something you can be a part of you know someone who might also benefit from their amazing resources and connections:

~ Women Heart ~

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease

1 – 3 Glasses of Champagne for Healthy Brains

Wine gives me a headache, and I’m not one for sugary drinks – mixed drinks and sodas alike. But pour me a nice glass of champagne and all is well.

http://www.thorntonwine.com/champagne-facts

Champagne Please!

There are research findings now it seems that show 1 – 3 glasses of Champagne PER DAY has wonderful health and memory boosting benefits! Did you see – PER DAY!

“New research shows that drinking one to three glasses of champagne a week may counteract the memory loss associated with aging, and could help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders, such as dementia. [Read more…]

Beet Juice Increases Muscle Power?

Just the thought of beets puts a sour look on most peoples’ faces. I’m one of the few who loves beets, red or gold, hot or cold. You either love ’em or hate ’em. Now there’s a reason to at least try them.

http://www.useloveshare.com/FIC/candace/science/?m=3&i=26

Scientists have evidence that Popeye was right: spinach makes you stronger. But it’s the high nitrate content in the leafy greens — not the iron — that creates the effect. Building on a growing body of work that suggests dietary nitrate improves muscle performance in many elite athletes, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that drinking concentrated beet juice — also high in nitrates — increases muscle power in patients with heart failure.” (Cardiology fellow Nishtha Sodhi, M.D)….According to the study authors, including Andrew Coggan, Ph.D., and Linda Peterson, M.D., the magnitude of the improvement is comparable to that seen in heart failure patients who have done two to three months of resistance training.  (Credit: Robert Boston)
Spinach, beets, celery and leafy greens like arugula all contain Nitrates which when broken down in our body’s metabolic chemical pathways, produces Nitric Acid.
Nitric acid causes our blood vessels to dilate, and relax, which allows for greater flow of blood to our organs and muscles. Increasing the relaxation of blood vessels improves oxygen and nutrient delivery to muscles when there is increase demand, such as during exercise.

 “It’s a small study, but we see robust changes in muscle power about two hours after patients drink the beet juice,” said senior author Linda R. Peterson, MD, associate professor of medicine. “A lot of the activities of daily living are power-based — getting out of a chair, lifting groceries, climbing stairs. And they have a major impact on quality of life. We want to help make people more powerful because power is such an important predictor of how well people do, whether they have heart failure, cancer or other conditions. In general, physically more powerful people live longer.”

Quotes taken from the discussion at Science Daily dot com.

Read the full discussion at ScienceDaily or click on the Citation link below if you enjoy reading research!

I’m all for living healthier longer, and will continue taking my daily beet juice supplement contained in Lifeoxlyin.


Story Source:

The above post is reprinted from materials provided by Washington University School of Medicine. The original item was written by Julia Evangelou Strait. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Andrew R. Coggan, Joshua L. Leibowitz, Catherine Anderson Spearie, Ana Kadkhodayan, Deepak P. Thomas, Sujata Ramamurthy, Kiran Mahmood, Soo Park, Suzanne Waller, Marsha Farmer, Linda R. Peterson. Acute Dietary Nitrate Intake Improves Muscle Contractile Function in Patients With Heart FailureCLINICAL PERSPECTIVE. Circulation: Heart Failure, 2015; 8 (5): 914 DOI: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.115.002141

Two Tips for Healthy Hearts!

The Simple 7 from the American Heart Association makes heart health so easy! If we make it a priority, we can all squeeze a little more exercise into each day, while eating better and controlling our sugar all together will help us lose weight. If you are a smoker, you may need some support from your doctor to help you put aside this one heart unhealthy activity. When it comes to managing our cholesterol and blood pressure, we might need a little more assistance understanding exactly what these two factors are all about to know better how to manage them.

 

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