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BHRT & Heart Health

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HRT and heart health february 2024 newsletter

Love is in the air, and while a box of chocolates may be on your mind, it isn’t all created equal. Selecting the right treat can have a range of health benefits.

Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants which help combat oxidative stress in the body. Studies suggest that dark chocolate may contribute to cardiovascular health by improving blood flow, reducing blood pressure, and lowering the risk of heart disease. No wonder this small indulgent, serotonin, and endorphin-releasing treat leaves us in better spirits and relieves stress. The flavonoids in dark chocolate may positively affect brain function, including enhanced memory and learning. And dark chocolate is a good source of essential minerals such as iron, magnesium, and copper.

bhrt heart health newsletter box of chocolates

Before you indulge, check the label to help you choose your chocolate:

  • Cocoa count – aim for a higher percentage of cocoa, at least 70%.
  • Watch the sugar – excess sugar can negate its health benefits.
  • Quality ingredients – exercise self-control when consuming dark chocolate due to its calorie and fat content.

Did you know that optimized hormones through BHRT can positively affect your heart?

Studies suggest Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) benefits heart health by maintaining optimal levels of hormones like estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. For instance, estrogen is linked to potential cardiovascular benefits, including positive effects on cholesterol and blood vessel function. Testosterone may also contribute to heart health by positively impacting cholesterol and blood pressure. Additionally, progesterone’s anti-inflammatory properties can contribute to a healthier cardiovascular system by reducing inflammation. Progesterone may influence cholesterol levels, leading to a more favorable lipid profile.

Supplement Spotlight

Advanced Cardio BP Support promotes overall cardiovascular health, specifically focusing on supporting healthy blood pressure already in the normal range. The ingredients have potent antioxidant properties that provide heart-healthy support for overall health, including immune function and healthy stress response.

show your heart some love with these tips:

  • Adopt a Healthy Diet: Consume a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Minimize added sugars, processed foods, sodium, and saturated/trans fats.
  • Stay Active: Engage in regular exercise, such as brisk walking, jogging, swimming, or cycling, for at least 150 minutes per week. Choose activities you enjoy to make staying active a joyful experience.
  • Stress Management: Prioritize stress-reducing activities, like prayer, meditation, deep breathing, or yoga. Ensure adequate sleep (7-9 hours a night) for overall well-being. Laughter can improve blood flow and blood vessel function, contributing to a healthier heart.
  • Quit Smoking or Vaping: If you’re a smoker, quitting is a crucial step to lower blood pressure and heart rate. Consider enlisting the help of a professional to process the challenges you might be using smoking to cope with.

“No beauty shines brighter than a healthy heart”. Unknown.”

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