The Road to a Healthy Heart

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As a girl that intends to spend as much of the New Year as possible out adventuring, I’ve been thinking a lot about the things that are important to me when creating that inevitable resolution list. I’m not the type to create a list without a strategy behind it. I also don’t typically introduce new routines or plans into my life that I know I just won’t stick to.

For example: I was a swimmer as a child. Like, the kind of swimmer whose mother drove her to 5 a.m. practice before school every day and had meets every weekend. As much as I know that swimming is incredibly good for my health, as someone whose life involves planes, trains and automobiles on the regular, it’s just not realistic that I’ll go find a pool in each new city I visit.

On the other hand, it’s not an option for me to skip days of wellness. I’m fully committed to self care, so no matter where I am in my travels - there are some absolute musts on my daily routine. Here’s one reason why: about 5 years ago I had a little scare with my heart. I experienced premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), which was incredibly frightening in the moment. I visited a cardiologist, wore a heart monitor for a week and the report back was to get focused on preventative care.

I reduced my caffeine intake (so hard, but necessary!), increased anxiety reducing exercises (swimming would be perfect, but yoga was more realistic), introduced heart healthy smoothies into my morning routine and I added Qunol Ultra CoQ10 into my supplement regime.

Each of these commitments are completely doable for me (ok sometimes not going for the second cup of coffee is hard), so in the New Year, rather than creating resolutions, my focus is to continue on a path of preventative care and introduce more of the things that are working for me, here, for you!

Read on.


Yoga for Travelers:

As a traveler, hours in the car (or on a plane for that matter) can result in stiffness in your neck and shoulders (especially if you’re the driver) and tightness in your legs and back. My recommendation is to practice yoga before, during, and after your drive, working the energy through your body while traveling.

Before you get in the car consider spinal flexes, on stops along the way practice sun salutations, wide leg stances, and forward bends. After you’ve made it to your final destination bridge pose will release lower back tension.  

If you’re a yoga beginner, visit a studio near your home and ask for guidance on basic poses.

Heart Healthy Smoothies:

I make a smoothie every single morning. If you follow along on Instastories you see this recipe and quite a few others makes an appearance fairly regularly. The measurements aren’t exact, and sometimes I’ll sub in fresh veggies or fruits that happen to be available in the moment.

Coconut Milk (unsweetened)
1 peeled Clementine
½ Banana (frozen)
A handful of Spinach
1 scoop Almond Butter
Frozen pineapple chunks
½ Avocado
Oats (handful)
Flaxseeds (just a shake)
Ginger (a few shavings)
Then fill up with filtered water

My smoothie is packed with heart-healthy polyphenols and vitamin C and can be made anywhere (I travel with a small smoothie blender). The spinach contains lutein (so does kale, both are great options), oats act like a magnet to bad cholesterol, flaxseeds are high in omega 3’s and fresh ginger is excellent for digestion! The almond butter and avocado have healthy fats which will keep you full until lunchtime.

CoQ10 Supplement

I first heard about CoQ10 in that conversation with my cardiologist all those years ago. Since then it’s been a part of my supplement regime. I take Qunol Ultra CoQ10, and pick mine up at my local Walgreens.
CoQ10

Here’s the reasons I like this particular brand:

  • 3 Times Better Absorption than regular* CoQ10

  • 100% Water and Fat Soluble

  • #1 Cardiologist Recommended form** of CoQ10

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I hope these tips are helpful to each of you! I would love to hear from you guys on topics you’d like to hear more of this year. And as a reminder, my wanderlusters newsletter comes out twice a month with all sorts of tips and ideas for new adventures and ways to stay healthy (in mind and body) while doing it!

xoxo,

Andi

*Regular CoQ10 refers to unsolubilized Ubiquinone in oil suspensions in softgels and/or powder filled capsules/tablets.

**Form refers to Water and Fat soluble CoQ10. Source: AlphaImpactRx ProVoice Survey 2016