Sex Fact: On average we burn 144 calories per 1/2 hr engaging in sexual activities. Having sex is both good for your heart and body in more ways than one. It burns calories, and releases hormones that help to decrease stress which can be a factor in heart disease.
February is Heart Awareness Month. The older we get, our chances of developing heart disease increases. High cholesterol is not the only influential factor, genetics & lifestyle play a major role as well. Wether you have heart disease, or want to prevent it, the key is to watch your cholesterol intake, and lower your “bad cholesterol” (LDL), this will significantly reduce your chance of having a heart attack. Heart disease is a build up of cholesterol within the walls of your arteries. Cholesterol can be monitored with blood tests, frequency of the test vary individually. Cholesterol checks are done when you have your annual physical, if results are abnormal, your provider will suggest first to decrease your saturated fat intake, modify your food intake by adding more fruits and veggies weight management, & to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. If your level is extremely high, your provider may start you on prescription medication.
Total Cholesterol: Less than 200mg/DL
Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) “bad cholesterol”: Less than 100mg/DL
High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) “good cholesterol”: 40mg/DL or higher
Triglycerides: Less than 150mg/DL
Herbs and natural products have been around a much longer period of time than prescription meds. If you’re reluctant to use prescription meds and prefer the natural route below are a list of natural products that can help to achieve lower cholesterol. The AHA (American Heart Association) Go Red For Women movement and the latest movement for Hispanic women Go Red Por Tu Corazon is to bring awareness to women on how serious heart disease is. Heart Disease is the #1 killer of men & women in the US. This is not surprising given the amount of fast food joints on the increase. I’m not saying to totally rid yourself of fast food, if you can great!! If you’re eating it everyday, decrease it to once a week, you will see an improvement. 1 out of every 2 men, and 1 out of 3 women will develop heart disease. The goal is to plan your meals in advance, this is a great way to monitor your food intake, it decreases your chance significantly from putting “bad food” into
your body. It’s only right we take care of our heart. A car with a battery whose terminals are crusted over can not be jump started until you clean it, the same with your heart. You’ll have a better performance, and less chance of a break down once you maintain it. The key to a healthy heart is in your hands.
- B Vitamins, besides niacin, decrease the rate at which LDL is damaged through oxidation.
- Chromium has been seen to reduce LDL levels and increase HDL levels.
- Coenzyme Q10 has been noted to reduce total cholesterol serum levels.
- Fiber can be obtained through fiber supplements or through foods such as whole grains and vegetables. It is thought that fiber binds to cholesterol in the small intestine and preventing cholesterol absorption into the bloodstream.
- Garlic has been widely studies for its cholesterol-lowering properties.
- Grape Seed Extract has been noted to reduce total cholesterol serum levels.
- Royal Jelly has been seen to lower cholesterol levels by reducing some of the cholesterol-elevating effects of nicotine.
- Soy has been shown to reduce total cholesterol levels
- Vitamin C has been noted to slightly reduce cholesterol levels.