By Barbara Radin Fox for The Island Connection
Well, February is the wonderful month of love, hearts and flowers. This is also the month that we focus on the heart and how to keep it healthy.
The American Heart Association put out a report stating that an astounding number, nearly half of all U.S. adults, have some form of heart or blood vessel disease and heart disease is now the leading killer of men and women in this country.
Is there anything we can do to prevent to prevent us from experiencing this problem? The answer is yes.
According to Steve Penkhus, M.D. of Seabrook Island, there are several things we can do to help ourselves. They include maintaining a BMI of 20-25, exercising 30 minutes per day for 5 days, (or 60 minutes if you also want to lose weight). In addition, we need to sleep 7-8 hours/ night, limit alcohol to no more than 2 alcohol drinks per day for men and 1 for women, not smoke and avoid opiates.
According to Neal Barnard, M.D. of Washington, D.C., the best way to prevent or treat heart disease is to go on a whole grain, plant based diet. He has several books out entitled Kickstart Your Health and his videos may be found on YouTube. Some of my patients have tried this diet and reduced their blood pressure almost immediately.
Send questions and comments about health related topics to FoxB@ bodyandsoultherapy.com or mail questions to Barbara Fox, 2045 Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412. We will try to give you information that will be helpful, but no specific medical advice.