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In This Issue: February 2020

Jan 31, 2020 10:11AM ● By Cat Carrel

Happy Hearts

February conjures images of roses, chocolates and romantic dinners with the exchange of gifts with a lover. But there’s more to February than just sweethearts and treats. This is the month we celebrate Heart Health and everything we can do to keep our amazing beaters going strong. 

On New Year’s Day, I committed to eat a whole food, plant-based diet and to avoid alcoholic beverages for the entire month of January. Often called “Dry-nuary” and “Veganuary”, these two major changes have encouraged me to look at this lifestyle as a possible permanent change. In just two weeks I had lost eight pounds (four of which were probably inflammation); my face wasn’t puffy anymore; I didn’t “crash” in the afternoon; and I have more money in my bank account since I’m making my own food. I was already a pescatarian, but simply cutting out eggs, fish and cheese has made a huge difference. And, not drinking alcohol, of course.

In Sacred Vessels: The Lifeblood of Heart Health Julie Peterson explores how keeping our cardiovascular system healthy—with its more than 60,000 miles of blood vessels—can prevent us from falling victim to the number one killer of Americans, cardiovascular disease (CVD). She finds that with a proper diet and exercise, CVD can be prevented and even reversed. Imagine being able to flip a switch, without medications, and reverse Type 2 Diabetes, metabolic syndrome and other effects of CVD. It’s not only imaginable, it’s just plain doable.

And it’s never too early to get on board for better heart health. Half of today’s children don’t meet half of the metrics that predict good heart health later in life. Ronica A. O’Hara investigates why this is and how to change it in Good Hearts Start Young: Boosting Kids’ Cardiovascular Health Even if you haven’t started a family, moms can start in utero to help their babies’ cardiovascular health as they develop.

Keeping our hearts healthy now not only benefits us physically, but lets us to be here longer, enjoy life to the fullest, and love to our beaters’ content. 


Cat Carrel, Publisher

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