Why Cardiovascular Health Matters More with Age*
While cardiovascular health tends to be a more common concern as we reach retirement age, how we take care of our heart and lungs throughout our lifetime can help contribute to healthy, graceful aging.*
As with other foundations of health, the habits we maintain and the choices we make in our 20s, 30s and beyond can influence our cardiovascular system for decades to come. It is never too late to make positive choices to support the heart, lungs and circulatory system, even when genetics or lifestyle might be risk factors.
Maintaining healthy circulation, normal blood sugar and blood cholesterol within healthy ranges and a healthy metabolism can all contribute to cardiovascular health and (in turn) healthy aging.*
Read on for helpful tips to explain the connection between cardiovascular health and graceful aging to your clients – along with products that can support them along their journey.*
While some aspects of health and aging are beyond our control, many of them are within it. Start by focusing on these:
- Quit smoking – or don’t start. Even if you’ve been a lifelong smoker, breaking the habit can lead to benefits for cardiovascular health. And it’ll make other healthy habits, including exercise, feel more manageable.
- Eat for heart health. A Mediterranean-style diet based on whole, unprocessed foods is well-known as a heart-healthy diet.
- Get moving – and keep moving. You don’t need to be a weekend warrior or lifelong athlete to reap the benefits of exercise. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate movement (like walking) per week.
- Drink plenty of water. The body needs to maintain optimal hydration levels to carry out various bodily processes. And, staying hydrated also helps maintain healthy blood pressure within normal ranges (and healthy circulation). Hydrated skin can also look younger.
- Check in with your health-care provider. Regular check-ups can offer insights into your different numbers – from resting pulse rate and blood pressure to blood cholesterol and vitamin D levels. These numbers can help you and your provider spot trends and changes.
- Get help where you can. Enzymes like nattokinase can support circulation and heart health.* Fish oil supplements help you reach your omega-3 goals, to support your heart, joints, microbiome and more.* And formulas for fat digestion can support the cardiovascular and circulatory systems when taken on an empty stomach.*
Think of healthy aging not as a sprint but a marathon. Every healthy choice and new habit puts you one step closer to where you want to be. Age is just a number, after all.