Exercise for a Happy Heart

Exercise for a Happy Heart

By Bren Boston, MD

Human bodies hate being sedentary.  We weren’t designed to be that way.  Even your brain is happier if you exercise.  Exercise lowers your risk of the most common cause of death in the U.S. – heart disease.

Exercise can come in many forms, and they are virtually all good for your heart.   The best regimens will include 3 types of exercise:  

  1.  Aerobic exercise
  2. Resistance exercise
  3. Stretching and balance exercises

Aerobic exercise can be walking to work, dancing in your kitchen, or jumping rope.  

Resistance exercise can be lifting ...

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The 3 Amigos: Our 3 Brains and Inflammation

The 3 Amigos: Our 3 Brains and Inflammation

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

No, you do not need new reading glasses. You read it right; we have 3 Brains.

Wait! Three brains? I can barely handle my head Brain!

The first one is the HEAD, then the HEART one followed by the GUT brain. These 3 brains are interconnected through an extensive network of neurons, each with particular roles. Resembling a highway of information, these brains, when balanced, provide stability, grounding and the intuition (gut feelings) necessary for ultimate ...

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Heart Love

Heart Love

 

By. Danél Lombard, MPT, MA, E-RYT

You don’t have to look far to find ways in which we can take better care of our hearts by improving our daily eating and exercising habits. From heart healthy foods to high intensity interval training, ways to improve heart health seems endless. As a physical therapist, it’s easy to point out what types of exercises should be part of your weekly routine. But as an integrative physical therapist, I’d like to go one ...

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Calcium Overload May Increase Your Risk for Heart Attack

Calcium Overload May Increase Your Risk for Heart Attack

 

By. Bren Boston, MD

Medical doctors monitor your health with both bone density scans and coronary artery calcium (CAC) score scans.  Have you wondered if the calcium supplements you take to prevent or treat osteoporosis might be depositing in the walls of your arteries?  If you have a family history of both heart disease and osteoporosis and feel confused as to whether you should take calcium supplements, then congratulations you are not alone!

Fortunately, there are reasonable and effective ways to ...

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June is Men’s Health Month: Spotlight on Heart Disease

June is Men’s Health Month: Spotlight on Heart Disease

 

By Bren Boston, MD

Per the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the US, causing 1 in every 4 male deaths. The American Heart Association states that 1 in 9 men, compared to 1 in 30 women, will experience sudden cardiac death. Half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.

Half of Americans have at least 1 of the top 3 risk factors for cardiovascular disease: high blood pressure, ...

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8 Heart Healthy Diet Tips

8 Heart Healthy Diet Tips

Diet & Exercise. Yes, its really that simple, but taking charge of your health requires planning. Below are 8 diet tips brought to you by The Mayo Clinic to help you on the path to a heart healthy lifestyle.

1. Control your portion size

How much you eat is just as important as what you eat. Overloading your plate, taking seconds and eating until you feel stuffed can lead to eating more calories than you should. Portions served in restaurants ...

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