60 Second Heart
Affairs of the heart, my aching heart, a heartthrob, heart of my heart – these phrases all refer to an organ composed of muscle tissue that sits in our chest. Isn’t it interesting that the heart has been deemed the source of our affections? While much has been romanticized about the heart, the truth is that the heart is a pump that pushes the blood to the lungs so that it can pick up oxygen and deliver it to all the tissues of the body. Keeping the pump working keeps us alive.
Cholesterol is a naturally occurring substance that is manufactured by the liver to keep blood vessels firm, so they will not collapse. If cholesterol is manufactured in the correct amount, no buildup occurs. Eating a diet high in sugar, carbohydrates, and saturated fats will increase the likelihood of artery buildup. Here are a few key healthy tips that will help keep your heart in shape:
• Avoid smoking and caffeine
• Eat fish very often or take fish oil supplements
• Get plenty of sleep
• Exercise 3-5 times weekly
• Eat your veggies
We carry Standard Process Fish Oil, which is extremely pure and high quality and only available through doctors. Ask about it during your next appointment.
Dr. Thorburn is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also has advanced training in nutrition. Take advantage of her 46 years of experience!