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      According to the American Heart Association, every 34 seconds someone in the US dies of a heart attack. By the time you finish reading this paragraph, another person will have lost their life. Sadly, many people do not even know they have heart disease until they experience a heart attack. These facts alone make Heart Health a critical topic to understand.

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Heart for the Holidays

Filed in Adults, Heart Disease, Heart of Perfect Health, Stress | Posted by Brenda Watson on 12/19/2016


Protecting your heart - from Brenda Watson's official blog

With the holidays now in full swing, rarely do we find a person who doesn’t experience some type of added stress. “Joy to the world” is sometimes difficult to achieve as we frantically shop and make arrangements to accommodate the arrival of friends and family. Some of us are reminded of those that are no longer at our table, and for others, this can be a lonely time for many reasons. Even extreme happiness can be stressful! No matter your situation, please keep these recent articles in mind prompting you to protect your heart – both physically and emotionally.

Intuitively we all know that our hearts work very hard during extreme physical effort. Most of us feel similar strain when we are under severe emotional upset. The INTERHEART Study, a huge global investigation of more than 12,000 people who experienced their first heart attack revealed that anger and emotional upset doubled the risk of an attack. And get this – engaging in heavy physical activity when highly emotional more than tripled the risk! Beware of arguing with your spouse when you’re dragging your Christmas tree into the house!

Last Monday Science Daily shared an article written by a cardiologist from Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. See that here. There is a phenomenon called “silent heart attack” that primarily strikes women, generally in their mid-50’s to mid-70’s. As we race through these December days striving for perfection, it may be easy to ignore the more subtle symptoms of this stealthy condition. Often the stress of the season may be compounded by another traumatic event like a death in the family, an auto accident, money issues. Ignored, this condition can be fatal so please listen up.

Dr. Kurrelmeyer tells us “Most of the time people who are experiencing a heart attack will have pain in the chest, shortness of breath, etc. Silent heart attack symptoms might be as simple as indigestion, flu-like symptoms, or feeling discomfort like a pulled muscle in the chest or back. It’s important to have these symptoms checked as soon as possible to avoid scarring or damage to the heart.”

Although women are primarily at risk for this condition known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy, it can also be experienced by men. Stress hormones actually shock the heart, causing the left ventricle, which is the main pumping chamber of the heart to malfunction.

Since heart problems in women aren’t as obvious as those men experience, I thought it might be helpful to offer a list of symptoms to be aware of right here. Please share this article with those women you love.

  • Extreme weakness, anxiety, or shortness of breath.
  • Discomfort, pressure, heaviness or pain the chest, arm, below the breastbone or in the middle of the back.
  • Sweating, nausea, vomiting or dizziness.
  • Fullness, indigestion, tightness in the throat area.
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeats.

In my recent book Heart of Perfect Health, I discuss with renowned medical doctors and surgeons the importance of heart health and how disease is created. We also offer instructions on ways to maintain your cardiac health. Tips are given on various cutting-edge testing procedures that will reveal your own heart’s condition along with complete instructions on a heart healthy diet to provide you with vitality throughout this year, and for years to come.

Difficult as it may seem in the moment, male or female, the bottom line is – take a breath and do your best to relax. As Dr. Kurrelmeyer so poignantly reminds us – “The holidays should be a joyous time spent with family and friends at home, not with doctors in an emergency room.”

Toxic Heart, Toxic Body

Filed in Cleansing, Cleansing & Detox, Diet, Environmental Toxins, Exercise, Heart Disease, Heart of Perfect Health, High blood pressure, Inflammation, Skin, Stroke | Posted by Brenda Watson on 02/26/2016


As American Heart Month 2016 winds down, I’d like to shift my focus to an area that we don’t always associate with heart issues – toxins. Toxins are everywhere; there is no doubt about it. In the air we breathe, in the water we drink, in the food we eat, in our homes, in most products we use—even in the most pristine places on earth—toxins are there. Truth is, toxin accumulation can directly impact our cardiovascular system, and many times will manifest as high blood pressure, increased atherosclerosis, and ultimately heart issues.

Toxins are chemicals that interfere with normal functions in the body, and most have been associated with adverse health effects. At this point, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regularly measure over 200 toxic compounds, tracking the levels in different aspects of our population. However there are 80,000 chemicals currently in use! Although the CDC adds new chemicals to track annually, it’s simple to see that we will never be able to really understand the full impact of the substances we’re all exposed to. The sad fact is many chemicals contribute to cardiovascular disease – either directly, or indirectly – through an increase in oxidative stress and general systemic inflammation.

So what is oxidative stress, also known as oxidation anyhow? It is one of the main drivers of inflammation in the body. Inflammation is at the root cause of heart disease, and for that matter, all other chronic disease as well.

Consider this analogy illustrating the destructive properties of oxidation: Oxidation is like a punch thrown from a bully (the oxidant), and it can easily lead to a full-blown fight if enough molecules get involved. Destruction results. Oxidation occurs when there are not enough antioxidants (the peacekeepers) around.

Oxidative stress triggers inflammation and regarding cardiovascular issues, it initiates the destruction of the lining of the blood vessels, called endothelial dysfunction.

Atherosclerosis involves endothelial dysfunction and chronic inflammation in the artery walls, progressing to the buildup of plaque and eventual cardiac complications such as heart attack and stroke. So I’m sure you can clearly see how toxins that increase oxidative stress are definitely the enemy. And antioxidants are our friends.

It is a myth that nothing can be done about toxin exposure. The fact of the matter is that supporting the body’s seven channels of elimination – colon, liver, lungs, lymph, kidneys, skin, and blood – through diet and cleansing will help improve the body’s natural detoxification abilities. A healthy eating plan and cleansing routine will fortify your heart right along with every other part of your body.

In addition to the antioxidants your body naturally produces, you also obtain antioxidants from your diet. A diet high in antioxidants includes plenty of deeply colored fruits and vegetables. This important step helps decrease oxidative stress and general systemic inflammation.

Regular exercise stimulates sweating and the release of toxins from your skin. Different herbal formulas help support the organs of elimination. Next month I plan to discuss cleansing in more detail.

In my book, Heart of Perfect Health, I offer information and targeted programs designed to protect your heart for the rest of your life. Toxins may be all around us, but we have ways to release them – and renew our health.

Don't miss the Healthy Heart Summit!

Filed in Adults, Heart Disease, Heart of Perfect Health, Longevity | Posted by Brenda Watson on 07/10/2015


 

Join me on The Healthy Heart Summit.  Why?Because heart disease is the #1 cause of death for men and women. Yet, it is often addressed with stents and bypass surgeries that only treat the symptoms, not the causes. It’s time to dispel the myths and misinformation about the causes of heart disease, and learn how to give you and your family a long, healthy life together.WHY ATTEND?Dr. Steven Masley created The Healthy Heart Summit to address the great deal of misinformation that exists on lifestyle and heart disease–far too many myths are still believed. The 30 Healthy Heart Summit expert speakers will give you the most current information about avoiding (and recognizing the signs) of heart disease, and life-changing advice on how to live your life with a healthy heart.

Register for FREE now at the following link

The Healthy Heart Summit will:

  • Tune up your heart, energy, waistline, memory and even your romantic life.
  • Find out which healthy techniques are practical, useful and can make a difference.
  • Learn how to prevent 90% of cardiovascular events.
  • Gain access to our internationally-renowned doctors, nutritionists and health experts!

Here are a few of the incredible experts who will also speak at The Healthy Heart Summit:

  • Mark Hyman, MD: Chair of The Institute for Functional Medicine
  • Stephen Sinatra, MD: Cardiologist and the father of metabolic cardiology
  • Sara Gottfried, MD: Harvard-trained physician, expert on hormones and heart health
  • JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS: NY Times best-selling author, nutritional expert
  • Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC: President, American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine

With 25 additional presenters sharing their expertise about heart health, this invaluable (and FREE) resource is intended for men and women everywhere!

Better yet, if you register today, you’ll have access to the following FREE GIFTS as soon as you register!

  • 30-Day Heart Tune-Up Guide, by Steven Masley, MD. Discover key nutrients, effective medical testing and how to identify your cardiovascular risk in this handy guide.
  • The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up Book (Chapter 1), by Steven Masley, MD. Preview chapter 1 of The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up Book and tune-up your heart, energy, waistline and sex life in 30 days flat by changing just a few simple habits!
  • Also, access to the first 2 talks of the summit (as available)!

The Healthy Heart Summit (ONLINE and FREE) takes place from July 13-20, 2015!

Register for FREE at the following link today

I’ll see you at the summit!

Hallmark Channel Features Ultimate Flora Probiotics

Filed in Adults, Children, Digestive Health, Digestive Health Care Books by Brenda Watson, General, Heart of Perfect Health, Probiotics & Gut Flora | Posted by Brenda Watson on 04/23/2014


In case you missed it, a recent episode of the Hallmark Channel daytime talk show Home & Family featured a topic I’m pretty passionate about… probiotics! Hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare talked to renowned nutrition specialist Dr. Melina Jampolis, who shared with viewers some important facts about probiotics—including what to look for in an effective probiotic supplement.

Her advice to viewers included adding more probiotic foods and supplements to the daily diet to help maintain digestive balance and promote immune health, and during the segment she pointed out that Ultimate Flora probiotics from ReNew Life are an excellent choice when it comes to selecting a high-potency probiotic supplement because they meet key criteria: high culture count, multiple strains of bacteria, delayed release capsules and guaranteed potency.

The episode called attention to the fact that there are literally trillions of bacteria in the human digestive tract (roughly ten times more than human cells) and how a shift in the balance of good (and neutral) to harmful bacteria in the gut can have a significant impact on our digestive health as well as the health of the whole body—something I talk about at length in my book and PBS show The Heart of Perfect Health.

Be sure to tune in if you missed it!

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Watch Me on PBS this November and December!

Filed in Adults, Digestive Health, Heart Disease, Heart of Perfect Health, Inflammation, The Road to Perfect Health | Posted by Brenda Watson on 11/06/2013


This holiday season I have just the thing to help you stay focused on looking and feeling your best—from your gut to your heart! Two of my most popular health specials will be airing on public television during the November/December pledge drive, so be sure to tune in and spread the word to your friends and family.

Are you or is someone you know affected by heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or high blood sugar? Do you know about the dangers of silent inflammation? My newest special, Brenda Watson’s Heart of Perfect Health: The Startling Truths about Heart Disease and the Power You Have to Stop It, reveals the truth about America’s #1 killer: heart disease. You may not realize it, but a healthy heart has more to do with your gut than you might think!

Also airing in November and December, Brenda Watson’s The Road to Perfect Health: Balance Your Gut, Heal Your Body is one of my most successful PBS health specials ever. In it, I reveal the truth about chronic disease and how it begins with an unhealthy digestive system. Join me to learn more about the protective power of your gut and the natural solutions that can help you achieve and maintain vibrant health and energy.

Now more than ever, staying informed about chronic disease, heart health, and the importance of digestive care and nutrition is essential to your well-being, which is why I’m so excited for the opportunity to reach millions of viewers this holiday season. See you on public television!

When will I be on TV in your area? Click here for local listings by state. If you can’t find me here, just check with your local station during their pledge drive this season. Please let me know how you like the show!