Heart Health Alert: Common Heart Killers

Everyday millions of people are slowly destroying their hearts and don’t even know it. Find out what common items to avoid and why!

So you’ve made a commitment to improve your heart health. You’ve started a fitness program. And you’re eating healthier. But in your efforts to reduce calories and sugar, you are drinking diet soda. Bad move.

Several studies have linked diet soda to an increased risk of heart disease.

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One study, according to Journal of General
Internal Medicine, conducted by University of Miami and Columbia University followed, 2500 patients for 10 years. Over time the participants that had 1 or more diet sodas a day (versus the group that had none) displayed symptoms that “were more likely to have had a stroke or heart attack, or to have died from vascular disease.”

Frequent diet soda drinkers were more likely to have higher blood sugar, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, and metabolic syndrome.  These risks together can increase the risk for heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

Another shocker that has been linked to possibly contributing to heart disease are some common over-the-counter antacids.

Antacids are one of the oldest effective remedies for heart burn and are quite common. Whether it’s over eating, eating spicy food, or just having stress. Americans are popping antacids like candy.

In 2014, total sales of U.S. antacid tablet vendors amounted to about $2.02 billion dollars!

According to a new study conducted by researchers at Houston Methodist and Standford University found that certain types of antacids using proton pump inhibitors increase your likelihood of suffering a heart attack, regardless of whether you’ve had preexisting heart conditions.

Common antiacids that are in this category include Prevacid and Prilosec.

Finally, many people enjoy some wine or beer with dinner or just to unwind. But a recent study by Harvard Medical School found that people who consumed anywhere from 8-14 drinks per week had enlarged hearts, meaning the heart was working harder to pump blood, and thereby was weaker.

The natural antioxidants in red wine can be beneficial to your body and heart, but try to keep it at a 2-glass per day minimum.

Heart Healthy Alternatives

If you’re a diet soda drinker because you like the taste and carbonation, some healthy alternatives could be flavored sparkling water like Pelligrino or Perrier. Club soda is also another great alternative.

If you’re looking to save money in the long run, you may want to check out in-home gadgets, like one by Sodastreamusa.com, which takes fresh water (bottled or tap) and turns it into sparkling water that you can add your own flavors to.

To naturally relieve heartburn, try a class of milk, cup of plain/vanilla yogurt, or a banana. These items have calcium or nutrients that act as a ‘base’ and neutralize stomach acids.

In addition, some studies show that adding Astaxanthin and coconut oil to your diet helps lower inflammation GI tract and also helps eliminate the harmful bacteria that causes acid reflux.

Some people also swear by a ½ cup of aloe vera juice or mixing 1 tablespoon, of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar into 6-8 ounces of fresh water.

As a rule of thumb it’s important to eat a healthy balance of organic fruits and veggies as well as organic, non-GMO foods to help have a healthy heart. And it goes without saying that being active helps mind, body and heart.

However, to help bullet-proof your heart from potential cardiovascular ailments, it’s prudent to incorporate more Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet to help heart function and reduce triclycerides.

This can take the form of high quality fish oil supplements or by eating wild (not farm raised) Salmon. In addition, CoQ10, Krill oil, and Astaxanthin have been recommended for heart health.