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February is that time of year when we get to show our better half how much we care for them. We buy them a card, maybe some flowers or chocolate and definitely plan a "date" night. Our sweethearts are our most important friends and we need to support them in healthy choices.

February is also American Heart Month, so it is fitting that we talk about healthy hearts in this article. Heart disease is currently the leading cause of death in America and is responsible for 26% of all deaths and is a major cause of disability! Heart disease with a few exceptions is preventable, so what can you and your sweetie do to prevent heart disease?

1) Eat a healthier diet – that means less refined foods, more fresh, organic vegetables and fruits although you shouldn’t eat too many fruits as they are very high in sugar. One of our nutrition professor’s in chiropractic college said it this way: We make eating too complicated, the way to decide if you should eat something is to put it in your hand, hold it under running water for 60 seconds, if it is still there you get to eat it. So there goes bread, cookies, ice cream, cake and all the things we love. (Ok - you can still have something like that once in a while, just not at every meal).

2) Exercise regularly – even walking will help but it is best to get your heart rate up and sweat a little. Do whatever you like to do hard for 20 seconds, then take a 20 second break. Repeat this cycle over and over. Start with just 2-3 minutes if you are really out of shape and build up to where you can do it 20 minutes in a session. Do this 3 times a week for optimal heart health benefits. Make sure you begin and end with stretching to get ready for exertion and cool down properly.

3) Take good quality supplements that support heart health – it should contain things like vitamin C, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Selenium, L-Taurine, L- Arginine, L-Carnitine, Co-Enzyme Q10, glandular support and for most of us Hawthorne berry. (About 20% of the population is allergic to Hawthorne Berry so be careful, in our office we do energetic testing to see if it is Ok to take)

4) If you are not a vegetable eater get a high quality supplement to get your greens in daily. We use a couple of products, one called Total Green which is a powdered supplement and the other is Total Veggie which is in a pill form.

Eating better also means reading labels, here are a few Food Marketing Translations:

- NO SUGAR ADDED – Instead, we have included a variety of sweet tasting carcinogenic chemicals.

- ARTIFICIAL FLAVORING – A horrible mix of chemicals that will trick your brain in thinking you are eating something healthy.

- NATURAL FLAVORING – A tiny bit of lemon or something added to the chemical crap listed in the artificial flavoring above.

- LOW FAT – Instead of fat, we have added a chemical cocktail that is worse than fat ever was.

- AN ESSENTIAL SOURSE OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS – We have added a salad of unavailable vitamins and minerals to hide the rest of the garbage that we are feeding you and you children.

We all have choices to make every day with what we do to improve our health. Is it time for you to begin to make better choices? You notice I didn’t say be perfect, just better. If you want you blood pressure taken at no charge, feel free to drop into our office and we will be happy to do that for you.

Any questions? Go to our website please go to our website at sanjuanholistichealthcare.com. or call us at 378-5660.

Yours in Health,

Mark W. Earnhart, D.C.

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About Mark W. Earnhart

Avatar_MarkWEarnhartSan Juan Island Chiropractor Mark Earnhart writes a column twice a month. He can be contacted through his Web site: sanjuanholistichealthcare.com

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