You have a physical, emotional, and spiritual/energetic heart. If you want to enjoy radiant heart health, you must design a lifestyle that nurtures, cares, and supports these three aspects of your heart.
As the generator of the largest electromagnetic field in the body, and central point of your emotional system, your heart holds the key to your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
The Four Pillars of a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle will help you cultivate the conditions that will allow you to enjoy optimum heart health while also supporting you along the path of becoming a healthier, more loving, powerful, wise, compassionate, and joyful version of yourself.
Before applying the dietary/exercise suggestions below, please consult with your doctor or medical provider. Implement any habits slowly and progressively until they become part of your lifestyle.
The Four Pillars of a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle
Pillar #1: Nutrition
Eat Wholesome, Nutrient Rich, Clean Foods
- Eat wholesome, nutrient-rich, clean foods that make you feel good.
- Avoid processed foods, saturated fats, artificial sweeteners, and sugar.
- Drink plenty of water, herbal teas, and reduce your salt intake.
- Supplement your diet with iodine, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin C.
- Herbs that nurture your heart: Hawthorne, black elderberry, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric.
- Antiviral Mushrooms that boost your immune system: Reishi and Shiitake.
- Fast Quarterly – juice, water, or dry.
- Detox Regularly – apple cider vinegar works great.
- When traveling, make the healthiest, the most loving choice you can make.
- Appreciate or bless each meal to align energetically and become receptive to the food.
Pillar #2: Movement
Move, Strengthen and Stretch your Body
- Your body is designed for movement. Walk, run, swim, dance, bike, hike, do yoga, etc. depending on what feels right to you.
- Strength training is the best way to keep muscle mass and tone as we age.
- Stretch as a cat and dog do, do it on your own or partake in a Yoga class.
- High-intensity interval training (H.I.I.T.) builds cardiovascular resilience and strengthens your heart.
- When possible, walk or ride your bike instead of driving.
- Be sure to give yourself plenty of rest time between exercises or workouts.
- If starting a new exercise program, start slowly, and gradually increase it.
- Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after working out.
- Exercise with a partner or friend.
Pillar #3: R.E.S.T.
Restore, Energize and Sleep Time
- Honor your body, heart, and mind by giving it plenty of time to restore, energize, and sleep.
- Sleep and rest are not the same things. Rest is a partial shutdown, while sleep is a total shutdown.
- Rest before you get tired and not the other way around.
- Honor your individual circadian rhythm and unique requirements for sleep. Everyone is different.
- Engage in activities that energize and inspire you and make you feel good.
- Be aware of the two phases of sleep. Walking up after the first 4-5 hours of sleep is how we slept for thousands of years.
- Jealously guard the last few minutes before you fall asleep – end your day with appreciation and focus on what you want to create for your life.
- If you struggle to fall asleep, meditate on your heart or take a natural sleep supplement containing Passiflora or Valerian root.
- Turn off your cell phone while you sleep and keep it at least 9 feet away.
Pillar #4: The Three C’s
Coherence, Connection, and Compassion
- Practice Emotional Self-Regulation by cultivating Heart/Brain Coherence.
- Invest time connecting with and getting to know your inner world of thoughts, feelings, emotional wounds, and deepest heart desires.
- Cultivate long-lasting, deep, meaningful relationships with friends and family.
- Spend time in nature aligning to the natural rhythm of the earth (Schumann’s Resonance).
- Expose yourself to natural sunlight at least 20 mins each day.
- Spend time connecting to your Higher Self or Divine/Spiritual Essence in the Sacred Chamber of your Heart.
- Cultivate the three levels of compassion: self, towards others, and towards all life.
- Join a community of heart-minded people where you can connect with others and receive emotional support.
I hope you find these guidelines useful and that they help you become a more wholesome and healthier version of yourself!
From my heart to yours,
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