Thursday, February 4, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday and Your Heart

The Super Bowl 50 is going to be a HUGE celebration.  Even people who don’t normally follow football are going to parties to catch the excitement.  Be with friends and family and have fun.  Oh yes, and watch the commercials and half time show!

It is also rife with health landmines!

Usually in the form of bad food!

Burgers, dogs, chili, cheese dip, salted nuts, chicken wings, pizza, chips, cake, cookies, ice cream, fried foods, 7 layer been dip, beer, alcohol, margaritas, etc.

Oh, you might find a celery or carrot stick but they’ll still be there when all the “bar food” is gone.  But basically you’ve got a lot of sugar, bad fats, salt, alcohol, bad carbs, etc.

All of this is a potential heart attack or stroke waiting to happen.  Not to mention the increased blood pressure from screaming and crying.  I’m not trying to put a damper on your party…just asking you to think and be smart.

Don’t overindulge.

Eat some fruits and vegetables (more veggies than fruit).  Back off the booze.  Stay hydrated (drink lots of water).  Keep your blood pressure low. (Preferably 120 over 80 or less.  This significantly reduces your risk of heart attack or stroke.)

Use high quality nutrients to protect you cardiovascular system:


Omega 3’s


To name but a few.  If you are on medications, be aware of how they may interact with certain foods and nutritional supplements.

Have a great weekend.  Enjoy the Super Bowl or whatever else you might do.

Blessings and Stay Healthy!

Dr. Rick Barrett

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