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Is Your Gut the Key to a Stronger Heart? Action Plan For Heart Health

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February marks the centennial celebration of American Heart Month, commemorating 100 years of raising awareness about heart health! This year’s theme is Bold Hearts! (Learn more here!

In the spirit of this significant milestone, let's take this opportunity to focus on the profound impact our dietary and lifestyle choices have on our cardiovascular health. 

How often do you think about the connection between what you eat and the health of your heart? In the rhythm of our daily lives, we might not always see the subtle ways our daily choices impact our heart's health, potentially overlooking the important link between our diet and lifestyle —and cardiovascular well-being. 

This week’s blog aims to illuminate the vital role that mindful eating and healthy routines play in sustaining a healthy heart, —spotlighting the undeniable importance of making our cardiovascular health a central focus of our wellness routines. 💚

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you already know that we’re going to make an intriguing gut microbiome connection, and we’re not going to disappoint you this week! 😃 

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Your Gutsy Heart: The Gut Heart Connection

Our heart and gut might seem like distant relatives within the family of vital organs, but they share a closer bond than most realize. Emerging research underscores a fascinating link: a healthy gut microbiome significantly influences heart health. 

The gut microbiome, a vibrant ecosystem of billions of beneficial bacteria, plays a crucial role in digesting food and warding off harmful pathogens. Among their many health-promoting actions, these bacteria produce a variety of substances that have a significant impact on our well-being. Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) such as butyrate, acetate, and propionate are prime examples. 

Produced during the fermentation of dietary fibers by gut bacteria, these SCFAs can help lower blood pressure and improve overall heart health by reducing inflammation, enhancing the integrity of the gut lining, and influencing cholesterol metabolism. 

This intricate interplay between the gut microbiome and these beneficial compounds highlights the direct connection between our digestive health and cardiovascular system, emphasizing the importance of a fiber-rich diet for heart health. 

Embracing a high-fiber lifestyle is like throwing a party for your gut's good bacteria, creating a harmonious relationship that cheers on both your digestive health and your heart. Pretty amazing, don't you think? (We think so!! 🥰) 

The Low Down on High Cholesterol (the bad kind)

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or as it's more commonly known, “bad cholesterol”, is like the unwanted guest at your artery party, leading to clogged pathways and increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. 

🦸🏼‍♀️ But fear not! A high-fiber lifestyle is here to swoop in like a superhero. 🦸🏻

Imagine fiber as the muscle-bound bouncer, grabbing hold of the bad cholesterol in your digestive tract and showing it the exit route —straight to the sewer before it even gets a chance to mingle in your bloodstream. This kicks LDL cholesterol to the curb. How cool is that? 

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An Action Plan for just better.® Heart Health 

To kickstart your journey toward a healthier heart, here's a practical action plan filled with easy-to-implement tips! 

Get Your Groove On!

Moving your body helps improve heart health by managing weight, lowering blood pressure, reducing bad cholesterol, increasing good (HDL) cholesterol, and mitigating stress.

JBB Tip: Don’t like to exercise? Try micro-exercises! Do some squats or calf-raises while waiting for your tea water to boil. Use your entire body and walk like a giant down your hallway. Take the stairs whenever possible. Grab your partner and do a little dance. Get out in nature!

Dodging Stress: Easier Said Than Done, Right? 😅

We get it; stress seems to come with the territory these days, doesn't it? But here's the scoop: letting stress set up camp harms your heart. 💔

Now, don't fret! There are actually some pretty cool and doable ways to mitigate stress. Ever tried mindfulness, meditation, or yoga? They're like your heart's BFFs, helping dial down the stress levels and keep your ticker happy. Why not carve out a little me-time each day for these stress-busters? Trust us, even just five minutes of deep breathing can feel like hitting the reset button. Give it a whirl!

The Pulse Check: The Blood Pressure Patrol

High blood pressure is kind of like the stealthy, silent villain in the story of your heart health – it sneaks up without much warning but can really stir up trouble, leading to heart disease if left unchecked. So, what's the game plan? Keeping tabs on it is key!

Think of monitoring your blood pressure as being your heart's lookout. If those numbers start creeping up, it's time to chat with your healthcare team about lifestyle tweaks and possibly some meds to bring it back down to earth. Remember, teaming up to keep your blood pressure in the green zone is a major win for your heart! 

Living Heart-Happy: Make Your Plate Great! 

Kick Saturated and Trans Fats to the Curb

It's time to break up with saturated and trans fats – they're the heart's frenemies, sneaking in risks of cardiovascular disease.

Embrace lean meats and plant-based oils (we love Avocado Oil!), and let processed foods be a thing of the past. This switch is like a heartfelt high-five to your health, proving that small changes can lead to big wins for your heart. 

Elevate Your Plate with Plants!

Ever thought a simple plate of fruits and veggies could be your heart's best defense? Veggies and fruits pack a powerful punch of nutrients, antioxidants, and fibers, sending out a love letter to your heart with every bite.

We're on a mission to fill up on fiber from whole, unprocessed foods, and we want you on our team! Imagine fiber as the ultimate cheerleader for your gut's well-being. We know that consistently hitting those high-fiber targets might seem like a Herculean task, but we've got your back. 

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Your Heart’s New Best Friend: just better.® Prebiotic Fiber 

Jumping into a high-fiber lifestyle enhances gut health, bolsters heart function, regulates blood sugar and supports your weight management goals. 

But how much do we need? Aim for 30 grams of fiber daily. 

Worried that 30 grams of fiber a day is a tall order? With just better.® fiber at your fingertips, you’ve got this in the bag. Add a scoop or stick pack to whatever you’re noshing or sipping on—coffee, tea, smoothies, salad dressing, oats, yogurt, soup, wine… you name it! The best part? You’ll never know it's there! just better.® Fiber does not change the taste, texture, or the fun of your favorite drinks and food! 

Wrapping It Up: A Heart-Healthy Journey

So, there you have it—the inside scoop on keeping your heart ticking like a well-oiled machine! By adding just better.® Prebiotic Fiber into your daily vibe, you're not just making a choice for a happier, healthier heart; you're stepping into a lifestyle that prioritizes your overall well-being.

But why stop here? 

If you're ready to take the next step toward a heart-healthy life, we invite you to try just better.® Prebiotic Fiber for yourself. Experience the just better.® difference that a simple addition to your daily routine can make in your quest for optimal health. 

Visit our shop and order your first pouch today!

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