Health Restoration

AWoman’s Heart

Carolyn Guilford, CNC
Carolyn Guilford, CNC

Nutrition is the key to a healthy life. It is time to get the right information about what health is, and what constitutes a healthy choice. I bring to clients the newest and best information on how to stop the progression of illness, and where possible to reverse illness. We have been able to bring considerable, measurable results in nearly 100 percent of clients. We can help you, too!

February is Women’s Heart Month, and more people die each year due to heart disease and its complications, than any other cause. Sad, because heart disease is so easily preventable and reversible.

Heart disease occurs when arteries that supply blood to the heart become narrowed, due to plaque buildup inside the arterial walls. Plaque is the accumulation of fat, cholesterol, and other substances.

The plaque continues to buildup in the arteries, decreasing blood flow to the heart. This stresses the heart and can lead to heart attack, as the heart continues to work harder and harder to push the blood though these hardened and narrowed arteries. A heart attack occurs when an artery becomes completely (or nearly completely) blocked, preventing oxygen and vital nutrients from getting to the heart.

A heart attack can cause permanent damage to the heart muscle, and many times sudden death.

Heart disease is just one of many cardio-vascular diseases including stroke, high blood pressure, poor circulation and rheumatic heart disease. All of which are further complicated by poor food choices, lack of exercise, poor sleep habits and stress.

No matter the family history, all these diseases can be made better (even reversed ) by overhauling ones food choices, exercise programs, sleep habits, and learning to manage stress appropriately .

So for this month we’ll talk about the ways to save your heart, and to save your life, and to show that it doesn’t have to be complicated.

Nothing is more critical to health than the foods we nourish our bodies with. The Right foods can change your life, and change your health. And in as little as 30 days you can measure the increase in health. Selecting foods that are fresh, clean, free of poisons, and unprocessed. Drinking sufficient clean water, every day to properly hydrate your body.

These two alone can lower blood pressure, and cholesterol. Now, building by adding in exercise for 45 minuets per day, can now make a major difference in blood sugar.

It is so important to create an exercise program that is right for you, that you can stick to, along with an alternate program ( in bad weather, or when outof town), that leave you with no excuses not to do it.

Getting to sleep at night is crucial!, Nighttime is when the body is repairing itself after a long day of very hard work. Many times we don’t realize how hard our bodies work for us. We take it for granted because it appears so effortless. However, the work the body is doing daily keeps us alive for up to 120 years if we care for it properly. We must lay down, and let the body sleep, and repair, for the next days work.

Sleeping at night affects the bodies ability to fight disease and endure illness. That’s the immune systems protection. This is only the beginning. Sleep reduces stress, improves memory and learning, helps control weight and energy, reduces risk of diabetes and reduces mood disorders. Sleep allows the brain to recharge for emotional stability, cognitive reasoning and also improves motor skills.

Exercise. Only 30 minutes of walking can change your mood, and clear your thinking. Exercising consistently for just 3o minutes per day can change weight, combat chronic disease, enlarge your social circle, cause you to sleep better and enjoy more satisfying sex. And, it can be as uncomplicated as you want.

Managing stress can be as easy as knitting, golfing, reading, volunteering, walking around the park, or anything else you enjoy doing. Doing it is the key. Just as you make appointments for everything else, schedule out time for your passion, joy, fun, game or healthy lunch with fiends, a book, a visit to the book store or library. Whatever would make you smile and feel great. Do it.

Now, we need to know also that the signs of heart attack are many times different for women. We don’t usually get the wrenching pain in the chest that we see depicted on TV. Women are more likely to experience nausea, dizziness, and anxiety or a since of dread, as symptoms that indicate a heart attack.

Look for: more than chest pain, a heaviness in the chest, with back pain or an aching – throbbing in one or both arms. Shortness of breath, or the inability to catch your breath upon waking. Clammy sweati- ness, unexplained lightheadedness, or blackouts, unusual nervousness, feelings of impending doom, swelling usually of the ankles or lower legs. Fluttering heartbeats, palpitations. Nausea, or gastric upset.

Do not wait, we tend to over think our health, call for help immediately. Get to an emergency room, quickly. Call a friend to meet you there. Remember, Health is a Choice. Carolyn Guilford is a former Critical Care Nurse, certified in Cardiology and Hematology. She consults on Diabetes and Cancer Nutrition, having matriculated the NBCCF’s Project LEAD, AASU, GSU, University of Kansas, NIH, and has earned National Certification in Nutrition consulting and wellness. Carolyn can be contacted via:

Health Restoration


P.O. Box 2814,

Savannah, GA 31402 or call (912) 236-8987

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