Monday, January 20, 2014

Surprising Heart Health Tips

by Ellen Syversen, MPH, CHES, NTP

February is Heart Health month. As the nutritionist for Radiant Health Center, I wanted to share 5 heart health tips that go beyond the standard fare.

1. New research shows a strong relationship between heart disease and Vitamin D deficiency. Get your Vitamin D levels tested.
2. The heart needs energy, and the mineral magnesium is essential for energy producing reactions in the body. Eighty percent of Americans are magnesium deficient so we need to supplement with this mineral or eat more magnesium rich foods like brown rice, leafy greens and lentils.
3. Dehydration causes the vascular system to selectively close some of its vessels which can lead to high blood pressure. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day and cut back on caffeine and sugary drinks as they are dehydrating.
4. We all need to manage our blood sugar with a balanced diet. High insulin and blood sugar are damaging to our heart. A balanced, whole foods diet containing healthy fats, protein and lots of vegetables is a great way to keep your blood sugar stable and protect your heart.
5. The nutrient CoQ10 is needed for heart health and is depleted by statin drugs. If you are taking this medication, please consider supplementing with this important nutrient.

Contact Ellen Syversen for more information and to schedule a free, hour long, no obligation initial consultation. I can be reached at 541-912-8624 or You can also come visit me at

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