Are You Living a Heart Healthy Lifestyle?

February is American Heart Health Month. Though it only comes once a year, it’s a great time to touch up on important heart health tips for your self-care routine.

These 4 tips are the most recommended by heart health organizations, doctors, and nutritionists to boost your heart health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease — no matter the time of year.

And best of all: these can each be done at home.


Eating well is instrumental to heart health. You don’t need a nutritionist to keep up a heart-healthy diet.

Stick with the basics: plenty of low sugar fruits, vegetables (of all colors), nuts, and complex carbohydrate grains (like quinoa) are fantastic foods. It’s important to focus on beneficial fats (Omega 3 fatty acids), too.

If you’re not eating a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acid foods (like fatty fish and nuts) consider adding an Omega-3 Fish Oil supplement to your diet. Vegan? Opt for Black Cumin Seed Oil. It’s a great plant-based alternative, and very high in beneficial fatty acids that protect heart health, too.

And don’t forget: stock up on plenty of fiber-rich foods and antioxidants, both of which curb inflammation and reduce blood vessel and heart disease risks.


Remember: the heart is a muscle. You need to use it!

Just like going to the gym to work out your upper body for better strength, working out your heart will help it become both stronger and healthier. It will also help keep blood pressure healthy, too.

The best way to do this: aerobic exercises that get your blood pumping and enriched with oxygen. These include but are not limited to:

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Outdoor Biking
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)
  • Cycling


Heart health isn’t just about physical health. It can be about mental health, too.

Studies (like this one) show that mental states and conditions like stress, worry, and anxiety— and even anxiety disorders— can wear down on heart health without us even realizing it. It does so by increasing chronic inflammation, raising blood pressure, and (more often than not), both.

Seeking treatment, support, and/or solutions to stress and mental health conditions can help. In your own self-care routine, work on ways to minimize and manage stress in your life.

Quitting and Cutting Down

Do you drink or smoke? Indulge in too much junk food? What about sugars, processed foods, or simple carbohydrates?

All of these can cause wear and tear on the heart. It’s best to work on cutting down on these vices— or quitting them entirely.

Of course, changing habits doesn’t happen overnight. But getting started at the very least can bring improvement to your heart and make all the difference.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Healthy Dose of Self-Love

Valentine’s Day is our yearly reminder to celebrate those we love the most. We buy gifts and write sweet notes to our partners, best friends, siblings, and even our pets. But what about ourselves?

Self-love is an incredibly powerful way to take charge of your life and honor the unique person you are. Sadly, many of us struggle with showing ourselves the same love we offer others. Make this the February you shower yourself with a healthy dose of self-love!

What is Self-love?

Self-love is not selfish, self-indulgent, or narcissistic. In fact, it’s just the opposite! When we have compassion and patience for ourselves, we are much more likely to give the same to others.

More accurately, self-love is a way of honoring yourself for who you are, releasing judgement and punishment, and treating yourself with the same kindness you would treat a cherished friend. With self-love, we are more confident, relaxed, optimistic, adaptive, and even happier.

Learn to Love Yourself this Valentine’s Day

We all deserve a little self-love. Here’s how to honor yourself this Valentine’s Day:

Fuel Your Fire

Self-love starts with nourishment. Your body is an amazing machine, feed it the good stuff! A healthy diet that’s packed with fresh fruits and vegetables, the right fats, gut-supporting probiotics, and key vitamins will not only make for a strong body, but a happy mind as well. This Valentine’s Day, cook yourself a deliciously healthy meal and keep the habit up all year long.

Move and Groove

Treat your heart to some love this Valentine’s Day with some blood-pumping exercise. Try a heart-opening yoga sequence, a quick run, or turn up your favorite tunes and dance the night away. Exercise is good for the heart and crushes depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.

Invest in Your Health

Forget the chocolates and flowers – this year, buy yourself something that will really make your heart sing. An investment in your health always pays back dividends. Make an appointment with the massage therapist or naturopath you’ve been meaning to check out. Stock up on omega-3’s to protect your heart and brain. Buy a class pass to your favorite gym or studio. You deserve it!

Send Your Future Self a Love Letter

Most of us have something we don’t love about ourselves. Maybe it’s our weight, our career choices, our laugh. Whatever your sore spots are, it’s time to rewrite the story and celebrate the good. Draft an email to yourself and schedule it to send in 3-6 months. Write your future self a letter about the things you are celebrating today and a few self-love goals you’ll be taking on moving forward. This is a powerful exercise in treating yourself like a friend and will be a heart-warming surprise in a few months’ time!

Self-Love is in the Air

Shower everyone with love this Valentine’s Day – especially yourself.

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