Natural Remedies to Boost Your Heart Health – Preventing Heart Disease Naturally!
February goal: down with heart disease!! It is one of the big goals of heart month to bring awareness to heart health. With continuous advancements in science through research, we are finding new ways to help those living with heart disease, and work to prevent it for others. There are amazing new methods for boosting heart health, with more emphasis being given to healing NATURALLY! With simple additions and changes to your lifestyle, there are many natural remedies that will reduce your chance of heart disease, lower blood pressure, and strengthen that beating organ in your chest!
Worried about not having the time or motivation to make these changes? The best part about helping your heart naturally is that it takes minimal effort on your part – only small changes to implement each day! Take a look at these natural remedies that will boost your heart health and start preventing heart disease now!
NOTE: It is important to note that if you suffer from any current medical ailments (heart or otherwise), always speak to your doctor before making any changes to your existing lifestyle.
Adding to Your Diet
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
There are many wonderful and nutritious ingredients that we can add to our diet to improve our heart health (ex: pomegranate, avocados, and nuts!). One of these natural remedies being Omega-3 fatty acids! By having this super-ingredient in your diet, you reduce the risk of: plaque build-up in your arteries, blood clots, increased blood pressure, and heart attacks or cardiac arrest!
Our bodies are unable to make Omega-3 on their own, so we must get this essential and natural ingredient through our diet. You may be wondering, “where can I find some of this amazing Omega-3?” Easy! It can be found in pill-form at your local grocery store, or by adding fish into your meal plan! Fish is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, so including this alongside a plate full of heart-healthy vegetables will be sure to get your blood-pumper on the right track!
When discussing natural remedies for common ailments, you will probably always hear someone mention green tea! Using leaves from the camellia sinensis plant, green tea is high in antioxidants and is great for the heart! The withered (and often rolled or roasted) leaves found in green tea have produced benefits that date back to the 12th century – one of these being the reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. It is said that consuming green tea improves the health of the lining found in blood vessels as well as reduces plaque build-up in the arteries. Add 1-5 cups of this natural remedy to your diet each day to feel better immediately.
Unlike what many may believe, cardio exercises will not harm those living with heart disease. It is a common myth that when someone has a heart-related issue they should ‘take it easy’. Always follow your doctor’s suggestions as to how much and how hard you should be exercising, and if you are in the clear than getting out and breaking a sweat is NOT bad for your heart. On the contrary, it is often encouraged to get out and take up walking, running, cycling, or even swimming! Adding these ‘natural remedies’ of exercise to your daily routine will make big changes in your overall wellness!
The benefits of yoga are astronomical. This stretching, breathing, and meditation-focused exercise is found to drastically reduce stress (therefore helping your heart), as well as lower your risk of heart disease– as found from a review published by Harvard Health Publishing. This review states that individuals who participated in yoga experienced weight loss, reduced blood pressure, and a reduction in LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein – a harmful cholesterol that can lead to plaque build-up).
Not sure how to get into yoga? Almost every city has beginner classes that will teach you basic steps and poses that will improve your overall health. If doing yoga on your own, be sure to add heart-healthy poses to your routine. It has been found that particular poses in yoga have a greater impact on the heart:
- Head-to-Knee Forward Bend (calming, increase circulation, reduces stress)
- Hands-to-Heart Easy Pose (calming, reduces heart rate)
- Forward Bend – Big Toe Pose (calming, increase circulation, reduces stress)
- Downward Dog – Head Below Heart (increase blood flow to brain)
- Bridge Pose (calming, reduces stress, stretching)
Add these poses into your practice and reap the benefits that yoga has to offer your heart.
Natural Remedies to Reduce Stress
Essential oils have been all the rave for the past few years – and there is no wonder as to why! These natural remedies (used either as a straight diluted essential oil, in a diffuser, or as a misted spray), have proven time and again to give our bodies relief from stress and anxiety! Oils such as peppermint, chamomile, lavender, lemongrass, sage, and others including mixed blends, are inhaled or used topically upon the skin.
Once in contact with the skin (via topical application), the oils enter through the blood stream and their healing properties flow throughout your body. On the other hand, if inhaled, the oils enter the lungs and parts of the brain are stimulated by the scent – which enables further relaxation and feelings of tranquility. When you are calm your valves and arteries are no longer under extreme pressure, and your heart can pump normally at a relaxed pace, lowering blood pressure and any strain on the heart.
Natural Remedies to Directly Help Your Heart
In addition to reducing your stress (and helping your heart), essential oils can also work to prevent heart-related issues. High blood pressure is one of these common ailments that can be assisted naturally with certain essential oils. Studies have shown that lavender, bergamot, cedarwood, lemon, rosemary, eucalyptus, and others have had a positive effect on reducing blood pressure. Speak to a naturopath for the safest way to use these essential oils (topically, ingested, diffused, etc.)!
Many of the natural remedies we seek are easily grown at home! Want to grow some of your own natural ingredients to further your heart health? Take a look at how to grow your own medicinal garden on our blog!