Simple Formula May Ban Heart Trouble
Doctors are a lot like everybody else. We love “magic bullets,” too.
Modern medicine has discovered more than a few magic bullets. And they’re usually pretty simple. Take hand washing for instance…
The practice of medicine wasn’t always clean. In fact, it wasn’t until after the civil War that Sir Joseph Lister successfully promoted the idea of antiseptic surgery. Even the simple act of doctors washing their hands met with resistance. And the battle was still being fought into the 20th century.
Today, of course, hand washing is standard practice… and hospitals have become less dangerous as a result.
A team of doctors in Chicago may have recently made another simple breakthrough. And this one could lead to living more healthy years.
The team looked at 44 years of data on thousands of adults from five large studies – including the famous Framingham Heart Study. And they made a few calculations.
They discovered that people who took care of their hearts in middle age lived an average of 14 more years without heart trouble.1
The researchers found these people had four things in common in middle age. They didn’t smoke, and they had healthy blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol.
Certain vitamins and herbs can help. And here are three other simple ways to help you breeze through all four of these challenges…
1) Cut down on alcohol and caffeinated drinks
2) Eat more vegetables and fruits
3) Get moving
Now, I’m not talking about making extreme or drastic changes. Small, simple steps can get you there more quickly than you might think.
For example, if you’re having a glass of wine, use a smaller glass. Make your 2nd cup of coffee a decaf. Instead of seconds on potatoes, have seconds on the broccoli. Add a little lemon juice or a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for extra flavor.
You get the idea.
Getting more active can be easy, too. Park further away from the store entrance when you shop. Use the stairs instead of an elevator. Get up just 20 minutes earlier in the morning to take a brisk walk.
Now, you may be thinking, “That’s great for the other things. But how will that help me quit smoking?”
Believe it or not, all three of these simple, little changes can help take care of your smoking problem.
Back in 2007, a team at Duke University recorded a link between certain foods and the urge to smoke.
Over 44% of the people in their survey reported alcohol and caffeine enhanced their urge to smoke… while vegetables and fruits tended to make smoking less pleasant – and thus less desirable – for a significant number of smokers.2
Physical activity appears to help by “de-activating” reward centers in your brain.
University of Exeter researchers looked at activity in the reward centers of women’s brains. Their reward centers reacted to smoking-related images when they didn’t exercise. But after cycling, the images didn’t increase activity.
The women reported feeling less urge to smoke as well.3
Even if you’re past middle age, taking these simple steps can make a big difference. They’re an easy way to help ensure you’ll spend more of your life doing the things you enjoy.
Yours in good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 Wilkins, J.T., et al, “Lifetime Risk and Years Lived Free of Total Cardiovascular Disease,” JAMA. Nov 7, 2012; 308(12) 1795-1801.
2 McClernon, F.J., et al, “The effects of foods, beverages, and other factors on cigarette palatability,” Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Apr 2007; 9(4): 505–510.
3 “First brain study reveals benefits of exercise on quitting smoking,” University of Exeter. Feb 10, 2009.