This past week we survived a blizzard which blew snow into drifts. That meant the deck, steps onto the deck, and walkways had to be cleared. I help some but Larry does the bulk of it. I worry about him because shoveling snow is hard work but he is gradually learning that he can stop when he feels tired.. it doesn’t all have to be done at one time and immediately. His health is more important.
We both had doctor appointments with our primary care C-FNP. My blood pressure was 114/78.. not bad for an almost 70 year old. I had lost a few more pounds since November 2012.. now my weight is right around 121 pounds which is less than when I married at age 18. I bet I can fit into my wedding dress with no problem. Our C-FNP ordered routine blood work again so we’ll see how that turns out?
She, our C-FNP, wanted Larry to see a cardiologist again to see if he might need more tests on his heart. We saw the cardiologist on Friday and are now waiting for him to be scheduled for a heart catheterization sometime in the next 2 weeks. (The cardiologist is still insisting that Larry take a statin drug.. we’ll see what our ultimate decision is going to be.. I believe big pharma is behind pushing for lower and lower cholesterol numbers just like they did for blood pressure.)
Meanwhile we are continuing to eat healthy, do daily exercise, and focus on taking supplements that are beneficial for the heart.
Magnesium, Calcium and Vitamin D For Heart Health
So many times we take our hearts for granted and do not consider how very important good nutrition and lifestyle is to our heart. In this article we will be discussing three of those important nutrients.. calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D.. and how they relate to heart health.
Usually when we think about calcium we think of how it builds strong bones and teeth. That is very true but it is also critical to the heart. Calcium is essential for muscle contraction so since the heart is a muscle it makes sense that calcium is necessary for the heart muscle to work and function properly.
We first started using calcium years ago, about 27 years, when Larry was trying to keep from having to take added blood pressure meds. He had been on blood pressure medication since about age 26 or 27. Then in his early 40’s his blood pressure was out of control even on medication. That was when we first started considering supplements as a health benefit. Yes, calcium is helpful for more normal blood pressure and cardiovascular health.
Calcium is absolutely essential for life but can actually be harmful if not directed to where it is needed. You have probably heard that if your body is needing calcium, it can be leached from your bones and teeth.. that is not good. Also calcium can cause calcification damage if not directed out of and away from soft tissue. How do you direct calcium to where it is needed?
Magnesium is the key that directs calcium to where it is needed so never take calcium alone. Magnesium and calcium are partners. Magnesium is sometimes referred to as nature’s ‘calcium channel blocker’. ‘Calcium channel blockers’ are a very common prescription drug that is used to lower blood pressure and regulate the heart beat so why not consider nature’s version rather than a chemical synthetic version?
Magnesium also serves as one of nature’s cholesterol regulators so can help reduce and balance cholesterol thus reducing the need to consider cholesterol lowering drugs (statins).
As I mentioned above calcium is essential for muscle contraction – magnesium is essential for muscle relaxation. This is another indicator they work together to balance one another.
Magnesium is the key regulator that directs calcium to the bones and away from soft tissue where it can cause calcification.
About 25 years ago Larry was diagnosed as having ‘mitral valve prolapse’ a very common heart value problem. We did not know this at the time but now we know it is very common for people who have ‘mitral valve prolapse’ to also be deficient in magnesium.
Here is a list of some of the most common signs of magnesium deficiency:
- Weakness and fatigue
- Muscle cramps or spasms
- Tremors and tics
- High blood pressure
- Irritability and/or depression
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of sense of smell
- Poor brain function
- Difficulty sleeping
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat (abnormal heart rhythms)
- Uncontrolled blood sugar
The above signs can also be signs of other deficiencies but a magnesium deficiency should be seriously considered.
For years we have been told to avoid sun exposure and if we are going to be exposed to the sun we need to lather on sunscreen otherwise we are going to have skin cancer. I have never liked sunscreen because I always felt that I was drowsing my body in chemicals so I very seldom used it on myself or my children.
Now we are finding that most people are deficient in vitamin D which is being linked to various diseases and illnesses. Deficiency of vitamin D has been associated with congestive heart failure and increased risk of heart attack. Wow, this is scary.
For years vitamin D has been added to foods, especially milk. The vitamin D3 we get from sun exposure is safe when we use a common sense approach to sun exposure.
Our bodies need vitamin D3 in order to utilize and absorb calcium. Vitamin D helps reduce inflammation and now we know that inflammation is a contributor to heart disease. Vitamin D is critical for balancing and controlling HDL and LDL cholesterol. Surveys from Harvard School of Medicine have shown that 75% of adults with heart disease are deficient in vitamin D.
Vitamin D is obtained from plants and also from the skin of humans and animals that have been exposed to UVB rays from sunlight. If you supplement vitamin D it is critical that you use D3, the type we receive from the UVB rays of the sun. It is called (7-dehydrocholesterol).
Vitamin D deficiency puts you at risk of developing many chronic diseases such as; high blood pressure, TB, cancer, periodontal disease which has been linked to heart disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, peripheral artery disease, cognitive impairment, and autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes.
Calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D all work together. They are all critical for healthy functioning of the heart and cardiovascular system.
How do we get adequate intake of these 3 important nutrients?
Dairy and veggies such as spinach, kale, okra, soybeans, white beans, and some fish like sardines, salmon, perch, and rainbow trout are good sources of calcium.
Sources of magnesium are: brans (rice, wheat, oat), dried herbs such as coriander, seeds such as pumpkin and watermelon seeds, nuts in general, molasses, soybeans, beans, bananas, avocado, and grains such as quinoa.
Food sources of vitamin D are: egg yolks, beef liver, cheese, and fatty fish.
A minimum 20 minutes of UVB sun exposure daily to a minimum of 40% bare skin is one of the best ways to get vitamin D.
Many foods say they are fortified with especially calcium and vitamin D but I say why not get them more naturally because most fortified foods are fortified with synthetic, unnatural forms of the nutrients.
How much calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D do you get on a daily basis? Tell me in the comments below how you get your calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D.
Protect Your Heart as well as Your Bones with Chelated Cal-Mag with D
Minerals in general are very difficult to digest and absorb. For this reason in the mid-1970’s Neo-Life Scientific Advisory Board under the direction of the late Dr. Arthur Furst developed the ‘Double Amino Acid Mineral Chelation Technology’. Today, over 40 years later, this technology is still the most efficient way of delivering supplemental minerals.
The U.S. Pharmacopeia has a standard for calcium of 75% dissolution within 30 minutes of taking a calcium supplement. Neo-Life’s Cal-Mag as a dissolution of 103.3% within 30 minutes. The average dissolution of 52 major brands of calcium supplements sold is only 39.3%.
Chelated Cal-Mag with D is formulated with an ideal 2 to 1 ratio of calcium to magnesium plus it contains 1000 IU (3 tablets) of vitamin D3 from cholecalciferol which is readily absorbable and highly bioavailable.
Be assured that you are not deficient in Calcium, Magnesium, and vitamin D.. order today.
How did I lose over 25 pounds in the last year?
One way was by cutting back on serving sizes. It is not that difficult to reduce your serving sizes by 1/10th. Over a year’s time those few calories will add up to more weight loss.
I was faithful about doing T-Tapp regularly.
More Benefits of Lavender
Lavender oil is effective at treating minor burns. It has pain relieving benefits as well as serves as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic oil. This makes it effective for wound treatment and reduced risk of scarring. Lavender is also useful for treating headaches, insomnia, fever blisters, acne, anxiety, stress, and depression.
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Pat has been married to the same man for over 51 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 8 grandchildren. Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle. This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition. Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and avoiding a major heart attack, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others. Her goal is to share with others the things she has learned and is still learning about having the BEST REAL HEALTH possible.
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