American Heart Health

As many of you may know, February is American Heart Health month. Nearly 27 million people in the United States have heart disease. It remains the leading cause of death for both U.S. men and women.

Some symptoms to be mindful of include chest pain, unusual fatigue, shortness of breath, and pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen, or back. People may not be aware that men and women often experience different sensations of “chest pain”.  Compared to men, women often describe a tightness or burning sensation. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are concerned about your heart health, please do not hesitate to contact your primary care physician.

In order to battle the growing concern over cardiovascular diseases, it’s important to familiarize yourself with life-saving preventative steps. Practice a healthy lifestyle by increasing physical activity and participating in a healthy eating regimen. Nutrient-dense foods such as whole grains, leafy greens, fruits, and lean meats should constitute a well-balanced daily food intake. Consider using spices to season your food as an alternative to salt. Regularly monitor and control your cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

Research has suggested there are a variety of supplements that can help lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. Some of the top heart healthy supplements include fish oils – omega 3 fatty acids, CoEnzyme Q-10 (CoQ10), niacin, vitamin D, and magnesium. At GPG, we have a fantastic selection of supplement products, many of which are manufactured fresh, and in an environmentally friendly and sustainable process. We carry supplements from Nordic Naturals, Vega, Mega Food, Garden of Life, New Chapter, and Now Foods. However, it is always best to discuss changes in supplementation with your doctor.

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Happy Valentine’s Day friends!

Anne Allis