What helps what hurts a human heart?
What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day and "Heart Health Month" than with a newsletter all about the HEART!
One of the first things I learned from my doctor (Thomas Cowan, MD) over 10 years ago was that the heart is not a pump. Far from a conventional point of view - nevertheless a view 'outside the box' from a medical doctor with a deep understanding of physiology, the cardio vascular system, and the human spirit.
I have also learned in my years of studying human health and nutrition, what helps the heart and what hurts the heart.
'HUMAN HEART, COSMIC HEART'
Knowing how the human heart functions helps us have a better connection and understanding of our heart. My doctor has been on a life-long quest to understand the human heart beyond what is taught in medical school, beyond what is understood anatomically, and beyond the popular belief that the heart is a pump. He has just written a book on the very subject: 'Human Heart, Cosmic Heart' and I'm encouraging all my clients, family members, and friends to read it. Who wouldn't want what it has to offer:
LIFESTYLE AND DIET
What also helps our hearts is a healthy lifestyle, full of love, laughter, and positive thinking. And we can't forget DIET, perhaps the single most important factor for the longevity of the heart. A varied diet rich in natural whole foods like eggs, fresh vegetables, properly raised animal meats, wild seafood, and an abundance of healthy fats like coconut oil, butter, and full-fat cultured dairy products. Say "no" to a high carbohydrate, low-fat diet. Healthy natural fats are the preferred fuel for the heart!
HEART DISEASE IS OUR #1 KILLER!
Unfortunately, heart disease in America is the leading cause of death. Some of the most common causes for heart disease are daily stress, obesity, smoking tobacco, consuming a processed food diet, over-exercising, and taking pharmaceutical drugs like Statins to lower cholesterol.
A happy heart is a healthy heart, so it's also important to enjoy life as much as possible and make time for activities you really love. Contact me if you'd like to learn more about what helps and what hurts your heart!
San Francisco Nutritional Therapy
Ashley Hathaway, NTP, CGP
My blogs are based on information I've learned over the past 10+ years through personal experiences, formal study, reading many books, articles and published papers, attending lectures, conferences, and various workshops.