This is a critical Women’s Heart Health Update.

The reason for our update is that, sadly, women are dying. Every year, heart disease kills over 289,000 women. Two-thirds of them have no previous symptoms. This is why it’s sometimes called the silent killer. The encouraging news here is that through better public awareness of natural health and holistic prevention, heart disease doesn’t have to take us or the women we love. In most cases, we can prevent it with an optimally healthy lifestyle.

One of the top contributors to heart disease for women is stress. Does this sound familiar?

  • You have 3 missed calls.
  • Dinner isn’t ready, or even planned out.
  • You’re late.
  • It’s been a busy day, and you are maxed out.
  • You head to the gym or heat up a cup of tea.

This stress is almost just too much. Stress is unhealthy, and you probably know this, but do you know why?

There are several reasons.

1. Blood pressure. Stress causes tension, which causes high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a significant contributor to heart disease and an accurate predictor of heart attack risk.  It’s also an accurate indicator of your overall heart health. For this reason, high blood pressure can and should be considered life threatening. 

Blood pressure is a number that all women should be conscious of. As we get older, and as our schedules get busier, our risk of high blood pressure rises. This increases our chances of heart disease. High blood pressure in and of itself can be a sign of heart disease setting in. This is why it’s critical to have your blood pressure checked at least annually. Women are at high risk for blood pressure issues, as well as African Americans and anyone over 60. 

An important note here is that blood pressure drugs do more harm than good. These drugs are chemicals that add to the toxic load of the body. This increases inflammation and further increases blood pressure, as well as increased risk of future heart problems. Blood pressure drugs lower blood pressure numbers but they are poison. Sadly, about 76% of people diagnosed with high blood pressure are taking drugs to lower it. This could definitely be contributing to the growing numbers of American Women dying from heart issues. Always talk to your doctor first and make a plan before stopping any medication.

2. Unhealthy eating. You know the drill. You have a busy day, so you wind up going through the drive-through or calling out for pizza. You try to limit this to once a week, max, but sometimes the stressful days add up. Maybe you have gone gluten-free or low carb, and even been successful at it, but healthy eating takes time and thoughtfulness. When you are stressed and rushed, you don’t have enough time to consider what you are eating. This is called mindful eating. The more mindful we are, the more we realize that pure, whole foods prepped at home and as organic as possible, are what we and our families need. It’s not that we can’t ever eat out, but when we eat out too much, we miss out on the stress relieving, positive experience of cooking meals with our family. 

3. Nutrient deficiency. Stress depletes nutrients like vitamin C, B vitamins, and vitamin E. Your body uses these nutrients to lower the inflammation that stress causes. This leaves you with nutrient deficiencies, which can cause a lowered immune response. This leads to colds, flu, and many different types of infections that can further stress your body. This is when you feel like you are in a downward spiral, having trouble recovering from illness. It’s really hard for your body to recover from anything when you are nutrient deficient. These deficiencies can also contribute to the early stages of heart disease. 

The good news is that you don’t have to cross everything off of your to-do list and try to live with zero stress. However, if you have high blood pressure, you may need to re-evaluate your responsibilities, especially if you are working outside the home and have kids to take care of or are taking care of a parent. Additional responsibilities can be a noble goal, but if your blood pressure is high due to stress, then you should probably not try to commit to a lot of extracurricular activities beyond work and home. Women tend to thrive on taking on more and more, but in the end it’s not always the healthiest option. Your life could depend upon it. 

You may also want to consider the benefits of a stress-lowering physical activity to help balance a busy life. Here are a few ways to get physical activity, have fun and be healthier:

  • Swimming
  • Walking or running
  • Tennis
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Dancing or aerobics

Going outdoors can be a stress relieving, positive experience. Just go outside and walk for 10 minutes. This increases energy for up to 2 hours and lowers stress significantly.

If you are stressed, or have high blood pressure, one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself is replace the nutrients your body has depleted. Replacing the nutrients helps heal the body and revitalize the mind. Improved nutrition status can help improve your body’s energy as well as clear your mind. This energy and mindfulness can be channeled towards healthful habits which then further lower stress. 

Here are 3 critical nutrients to help lower stress and improve heart health for women AND men: 

  1. Magnesium Glycinate – Stress depletes magnesium, and a magnesium deficiency can be a significant contributing factor to a heart attack. Stress also lowers tension and helps detoxify the body, which makes it critical for optimal heart health.
  2. Neo 40 is a sublingual tablet that increases nitric oxide production and circulation. Neo 40 is clinically proven to lower blood pressure naturally. It can also lower tension and increase energy. It’s great to take daily if you have high blood pressure, or you can keep in your bag for the days you don’t have time for a workout. The effects of the supplement mimic your body’s response to a good workout.
  3. Vitamin C - Linus Pauling was a super smart biochemist who discovered that heart disease is actually a form of scurvy. Yes, you read that right. Americans are basically dying from a vitamin C deficiency. It’s sad, but don’t be a statistic. Dr. Hotze recommends to take at least 1,000 mg of vitamin C daily for every 25 pounds of body weight.

All of these supplements can be very helpful for improving heart health and lowering stress, which ALL women should be considering. Heart disease can affect anyone at any time, so it’s critical, especially for women, to take to heart what you can do for yourself immediately to lower your heart disease risk. Heart disease can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle. Consider sharing this with a woman you care about. It could save a life!