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Day 4 – Which Do You Choose?

Day 4
I have been at a conference so I got behind.  I’ll be catching up this week!
Which is the best choice here?

Your friend just betrayed you big time! What’s the heart healthiest way to manage your anger?
A. Tell her off___
B. Run it off____
C. Walk it off___
D. Find consolation in Ben and Jerry’s___

Answer: C Taking a walk calms the fight or flight response, as do cool down activities like stretching and deep breathing. Intense physical activity, on the other hand, can push your heart into the danger zone. “Anger triggers an adrenaline response that reduces blood flow to the arteries,” says Donna Arnett, PhD, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. “Strenuous exercise in this state is incredibly taxing on the heart.”  An Australian study found that the risk of a heart attack was more than eight times higher when patients had been very angry in two hours before the onset of symptoms, while another recent study showed that the risk tripled in those who experienced anger and heavy exertion in the hour before.

 

 

 

 

True or False – Day 3 – Heart Health

Day 3

“Women need to start worrying about heart disease after they hit menopause”.

Answer: False
It’s believed that the drop in estrogen that accompanies menopause may make your blood vessels less elastic, increasing the strain on your heart.  However, when researchers followed nearly 1,500 women over nine years, they found that in the years leading up to menopause, there was an increase in the severity of metabolic syndrome…a group of risk factors, including high fasting blood sugar and high blood pressure, associated with heart disease. This effect was even more pronounced in black women.

True or False – Day 2

Day 2

Which of these is not a risk factor for heart disease?
A. High blood pressure ___
B. Obesity___
C. Migraines ____
D. Smoking ____
E. Diabetes_____

Answer: Trick question…they all might be. You can probably rattle off most risk factors by…well, heart, with the possible exception of migraines.  But a Harvard study of more than 100,000 women recently found that migraine sufferers were 50 percent likelier to have a heart attack, a stroke, or fatal heart disease, regardless of other risk factors, Genetics, hormones and inflammation are all possible culprits, but “the short answer is that we do not yet know what precise mechanism causes this,” says lead researcher Tobias Kurth, MD, adjunct professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

 

 

 

 

How Important are Conversations?

How important is a conversation?   What does that even mean?

Conversation takes on many aspects in building relationships,  setting goals,  fulfilling desires, raising children, enjoying family, discussing health issues and just life in general.

Yes, we are talking conversation…not yelling and debating. You want these conversations to lead you to a positive outcome…raising and discussing questions that will help you understand where you are and where you really want to be or where the other person in the conversation is or wants to be.

Remember these conversations should always be honest. If you are not honest, you’ll get nowhere. Since the first conversation is with yourself,  no one else will know except you and that is why your honesty is so important.  I do not mean beating up on yourself when mistakes or poor judgement has occurred.  How about more of an assessment and then looking for positive solutions or changes?   When you can do this, conversations with others become so much easier.  You can say what you believe in a kind but honest way and ask to engage with another person in a reasonable discussion.

One great example is to begin a conversation with yourself concerning your body and how you really feel and what goals you want to achieve.  Are you unhappy with your weight, your energy or your stamina?   Do you think it is partly a psychological block or something physical?    Are you willing to do something about it?   This is one of the most difficult self conversations and perhaps some outside help may be useful, whether to brainstorm or just hear other opinions.   The key is personal honestly and a decision whether you are ready to commit, perhaps to just one thing.  Then go for it!

Over the years I have had many of these conversations with myself. The biggest one was when I was 41 and working. I was overweight, felt sluggish, had no energy and was falling asleep at work. Finally I had a conversation with myself about how I felt and just had to do something. That is when I embarked on my quest to be healthier which led me to Shaklee products and studying nutrition and wellness.  This started me on the road to better health and a successful business helping others. That was 33 years ago and because of that personal conversation, I am living a healthier, more energetic life and feel “fit and fabulous”!

What conversations do you want to have?  If you want some outside help, connect with me for a private conversation.  You can also sign up for my free health assessment on my website here.  And let me know what you think about having a self conversation as the preparation for more expanded conversations with others.

Have a great day!!