Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the US and worldwide, accounting for almost 1 in 4 deaths in the US every year. Our cardiovascular system is one of our most precious assets in maintaining our longevity and increasing our chances of enjoying many more decades of memories with family and friends. And yet, it so often gets neglected because it can be so easy to ignore cardiovascular health for decades without noticing significant repercussions. I can all but guarantee you that nearly everyone diagnosed with serious cardiovascular disease of one form or another
regrets not doing something about it sooner.
All too often I hear phrases like, “I just hate exercising.” I honestly think that most aversion to exercise stems from the conventional view of exercise as something like running, cycling or swimming, which to many probably sound extremely tedious and boring. But, we live in a world where most of us sit for a living, and as a result, any level of physical activity is beneficial. I think most of us has some activity or sport that we once enjoyed, or that we perhaps follow obsessively. The key to being sustainably active is finding something you enjoy. Sure, it may not be the Super Bowl, but get some friends or family together once or twice a week to toss a ball around, dust off the bat and hit some balls, or just go for a hike or a stroll around the neighborhood. Not only will the activity make you stronger and improve your heart health, but the memories you make and the connections with friends will also help to improve your heart health.
Although physical activity is usually the first thing that comes to mind for boosting
cardiovascular health, there are many other factors to consider. At Vital Health, our mission is to teach our community how to take back control over their health. When I take on a new case, I first look for the deeper causes underlying the primary concern(s). I then put together a comprehensive package of recommendations with the purpose of building up the body, rewiring our genetic expression, and maximizing the body’s innate healing processes. Our power to overcome past choices and influence our genetic expression is more powerful than we know. We have seen many patients defy prognoses of irreversible conditions when they learn how to provide their system with the resources it needs to function properly. One of my favorite things to hear from patients is, “My doctors are baffled at my test results, they told me just to keep doing whatever it is that I’m doing.”
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