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Love Your Heart

Happy Valentines Day

Love your heart these numbers you should know for a healthy heart and less inflammation in your body.

Everyone must know

BMI

Waist size

Blood pressure

Cholesterol

Blood sugar

Healthy weight is crucial heart disease is number one killer of men and woman.

know your BMI

Body mass index (BMI) is the recommended method for diagnosing overweight and obesity. It evaluates the relationship between body weight and height. While BMI is not a direct measure of excess body fat, it expresses the weight-height relationship and provides a more accurate measure than body weight alone.

Control these 5 numbers and you can lower your chances of getting heart disease, by 60 percent

Your waist size is very important it should not be more than half of your height in inches.

Example. If your 66 inches tall you should not have a 40 inch waist. It should be no more than 33.

It’s a key to predicting heart disease.

For men

For women

When waist is to large you develop metabolic syndrome

You will have to much fat around your vital organs

If you lose just 10 -15 percent of your weight if your overweight you lower your risk significantly

Blood pressure it’s called the silent killer for a reason. Put down the salt, eat fruit and veggies

When determining risk factors for stroke and heart disease, high blood pressure is number one. Also referred to as hypertension, this condition results in elevated blood pressure within your arteries. Although many individuals simply take medications to control their blood pressure, you can actively work towards lowering your readings, resulting in a healthier future.

Your diet is a large contributing factor, as unhealthy processed foods will make matters worse. When you consume a balanced diet, rich in vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, and lean proteins, you will notice a reduction in your blood pressure. Sodium should be reduced, as even a small reduction can improve your blood pressure levels.

Potassium can actually lessen the effects of sodium, so focus on consuming more bananas, dark leafy greens, yogurt, fish, mushrooms, and avocados. As mentioned, avoid processed and fast foods, and when it comes to adding salt, develop new habits. Instead of reaching for the salt shaker, experiment with fresh herbs, spices and citrus juice instead.

Eat a lot of fresh fruit and veggies limit or eliminate the red meat.

For Valentine’s Day Skip the red meat.

Eat some healthy fish like cod-salmon-crab- any shell fish

Having a dish of veggies as our main course we will have some cod.

I wish we liked salmon but maybe it’s just because we haven’t had the “perfect “ recipe

I know I like my grandmothers salmon patties but not just salmon the cracker crumbs and butter….they were not the healthiest way salmon was cooked but they were delicious.

Salmon and cod both have an ample amount of essential nutrients. They both have a good amount of protein and are excellent sources of selenium, too.

Although salmon contains more saturated fats than cod, salmon has higher amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids compared to cod.

While crab meat is considered low in saturated fat, the presence of chromium helps increase the level of HDL in your body, and thus reduces the risk of strokes, coronary artery disease

In fact, crabs contain sterol, which restrict the absorption of other cholesterol thus cancelling out the harmful effects of other fats added .

All shell fish are also a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids.

TIP

Any red fruit or veggie is good for the heart ❤️

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Great American SmokeOut

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is an annual event that encourages smokers to make a plan to quit smoking .

The 42nd annual Great American Smokeout will be held today November 16, 2017.

About 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 15.1% in 2015), cigar, pipe, and hookah – other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco – are very much on the rise. Smoking kills people – there’s no “safe” way to smoke tobacco.

Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully.

Benefits of Quitting Smoking Over Time

It’s never too late to quit using tobacco. The sooner you quit, the more you can reduce your chances of getting cancer and other diseases.

Within minutes of smoking your last cigarette, your body begins to recover:

20 minutes after quitting

Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.

(Mahmud A, Feely J. Effect of smoking on arterial stiffness and pulse pressure amplification. Hypertension. 2003;41(1):183-187.)

12 hours after quitting

The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

(US Surgeon General’s Report, 1988, p. 202)

2 weeks to 3 months after quitting

Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.

(US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp. 193, 194, 196, 285, 323)

1 to 9 months after quitting

Coughing and shortness of breath decrease. Tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs (called cilia) start to regain normal function in your lungs, increasing their ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.

(US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp. 285-287, 304)

1 year after quitting

The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of someone who still smokes. Your heart attack risk drops dramatically.

(US Surgeon General’s Report, 2010, p. 359)

5 years after quitting

Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder is cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker. Your stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2 to 5 years.

(US Surgeon General’s Report, 2010 and World Health Organization. Tobacco Control: Reversal of Risk After Quitting Smoking. IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 11. 2007, p. 341.)

10 years after quitting

Your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. Your risk of cancer of the larynx (voice box) and pancreas decreases.

(US Surgeon General’s Report, 2010 and US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp. vi, 155, 165)

15 years after quitting

Your risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s.

(World Health Organization. Tobacco Control: Reversal of Risk After Quitting Smoking. IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 11. 2007, p. 11.)

These are just a few of the benefits of quitting smoking for good. Quitting smoking lowers your risk of diabetes, lets blood vessels work better, and helps your heart and lungs.

Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than that of non-smokers. Quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying from smoking-related disease by about 90%.

Quitting while you’re younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke.

Are there benefits of quitting that I’ll notice right away?

Kicking the tobacco habit offers some rewards that you’ll notice right away and some that will show up over time.

Right away you’ll save the money you spent on tobacco! And here are just a few other benefits you may notice:

Food tastes better.

Your sense of smell returns to normal.

Your breath, hair, and clothes smell better.

Your teeth and fingernails stop yellowing.

Ordinary activities leave you less out of breath (for example, climbing stairs or light housework).

You can be in smoke-free buildings without having to go outside to smoke.

Quitting also helps stop the damaging effects of tobacco on how you look, including premature wrinkling of your skin, gum disease, and tooth loss.

I quit 10 months ago after a family member had a heart attack and I had a stress test running in a treadmill that I passed but barely.

You owe it to yourself and to your family to live your best life.

I am so glad I quit. I breathe better , and although my bones still ache I don’t have the consent debilitating pain I had a year or two ago and I know that because I stopped smoking is a Factor.

Our home doesn’t stink of cigarette smell, our clothes our hair.

I actually hate the smell of cigarettes now and can’t believe I used to smell like that.

Give it a try…..

And here’s a note for all you weed smokers out there….

One of the few things scientists know for sure about marijuana and cardiovascular health is that people with established heart disease who are under stress develop chest pain more quickly if they have been smoking marijuana than they would have otherwise. This is because of complex effects cannabinoids have on the cardiovascular system, including raising resting heart rate, dilating blood vessels, and making the heart pump harder. Research suggests that the risk of heart attack is several times higher in the hour after smoking marijuana than it would be normally.

Thinking of chilling out kicking back and lighting up a joint?

Think again.

A new study from Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School says marijuana increases the risk of having a heart attack within the first hour of smoking to five times that of non-smokers.

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Nothing Is Useless

When the body is falling apart. And you feel like you have nothing of value to offer God or anyone else. 

Think again. 
Below is a post from Our Daily Bread
Nothing Is Useless June 12, 2017  

from Our Daily Bread
Read: 1 Corinthians 15:42–58 

“Nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” 

1 Corinthians 15:58 
‘Nothing Is Useless’

A Story of Hope and Encouragement 

In my third year battling discouragement and depression caused by limited mobility and chronic pain, I confided to a friend, “My body’s falling apart. I feel like I have nothing of value to offer God or anyone else.”
Her hand rested on mine. “Would you say it doesn’t make a difference when I greet you with a smile or listen to you? Would you tell me it’s worthless when I pray for you or offer a kind word?”
Do what you can with what you have and leave the results to God. I settled into my recliner. “Of course not.”
She frowned. “Then why are you telling yourself those lies? You do all those things for me and for others.”
I thanked God for reminding me that nothing we do for Him is useless.
In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul assures us that our bodies may be weak now but they will be “raised in power” (v. 43). Because God promises we’ll be resurrected through Christ, we can trust Him to use every offering, every small effort done for Him, to make a difference in His kingdom (v. 58).
Even when we’re physically limited, a smile, a word of encouragement, a prayer, or a display of faith during our trial can be used to minister to the diverse and interdependent body of Christ. When we serve the Lord, no job or act of love is too menial to matter.
Jesus, thank You for valuing us and using us to build up others.
Do what you can with what you have and leave the results to God.

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Wear Red Day

Why go Red?

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That’s why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day® Friday, February 3, 2017, encourage others to do the same and make the time to Know Your Numbers. 
Total Cholesterol

HDL (good) Cholesterol

LDL ( lousy) or bad Cholesterol 

 Blood Pressure

Blood Sugar 

and 

Body Mass Index (BMI). 
Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases.
What is a heart attack, exactly?

Every 34 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a heart attack. Women account for nearly half of all heart attack deaths. Over a life time, heart disease kills five times as many women as breast cancer.


But what is a heart attack, exactly?
A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, occurs when blood flow to the heart is interrupted, usually due to a blood clot blocking blood flow in a coronary artery, one of the blood vessels that feeds blood to a part of the heart muscle. This blockage causes the heart muscle to be starved for oxygen and nutrients. When damage or death of part of the heart muscle occurs, a heart attack, or myocardial infarction, occurs.
It’s no secret that heart attacks can be fatal. However, every year, thousands of Americans survive heart attacks and go on to enjoy their lives. 

Learn about symptoms, risk factors, and lifestyle choices you can make now to reduce your heart attack risk.
Helpful terms to know

Atherosclerosis: when coronary arteries that supply the heart muscle with blood become narrow over time due to a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances that together are called plaque.
Ischemia: when the heart muscle is starved for oxygen and nutrients.

Get Heart Smart & Live Best Life It’s Never To Late To Change

In 1971 my dad had a heart attack one of which would be many.

He was working and wasn’t sure what was going on. So he laid down in the back of his delivery van thinking it would subside, it did not. 

He was only 39 years old.
It was devastating , my mom looked so worried and scared. And exhausted 
Of course the adults were worried but I was 9 at the time. I learned at an early age what heart disease was, nitroglycerin,cpr etc.  

It was devastating and scary.

Wondering if your dad was coming home. Back then they didn’t have stents so he had a triple bi-Bipass

In fact he had 5 more heart attacks and 3 more open heart surgeries 

He was diagnosed with cancer in 1988 and died 8/4/88 at age 56

That day really sucked. 
Not long after my dad died my mother had a heart attack I swear she was suffering from a broken heart

Had a pace maker & define surgically 
She also passes away in 2000 at age 65
My parents smoked even as they battled health issues and 
I’m no better I smoked to

After all the shit I saw my parents go through I had the nerve to smoke 

But I have quit I will sneak one now and then. But that’s going to stop. 
Then December 3 of 2016

My husband had a heart attack and 3 stents. 

He is 51
No more cigarettes for us. That’s it. 
We ate healthy abt 80 percent of the time and now we are going to make more changes
We have to make good changes I have to change

My advice is: don’t feel overwhelmed with making changes. 

Start out slow, implementing healthy choices into your diet and exercise routine. 
It’s hard for me because I injured myself exercising and ended up with Osteonecrosis on top of my Osteoarthritis and Spondylolithesis 

Begin with walks to get your blood flowing and heart pumping and gauge from there how far you can go. 
As for our diet changes, I found ways to still enjoy our favorite meals just healthier versions. 
For example, we love tacos so instead of using ground beef, which has a high fat content, I use Morning Star Crumbles I use them in chili to. 

They taste delicious 

And my husband loves it as well

So win win !!

I want others to know that you are not alone with this battle you can prevail, all it takes is a little dedication and determination to win the fight.


We have to start seeing our body as the temple it was supposed to be
After al we only have one life

Check out this link 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/
It’s also great for men to know their numbers. 

#GoRed

#HeartDisease

#Wegohealth 

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