It’s a no-brainer!

Taking a daily aspirin has long been considered a safe way to prevent heart attacks and strokes, because of its blood- thinning effects.  But the FDA has recently reversed this recommendation as a result of several studies that have revealed that the risks outweigh the benefits.  The only exception is for people who’ve already suffered one of those “events” and have already suffered a stroke or heart attack.

Obvious side effects of daily aspirin, even a baby dose of 81 mg, include low grade gastrointestinal bleeding and even ulcers.  But less known effects may be intracranial bleeding, cataracts, and kidney problems.

An even more insidious and rarely mentioned side effect of daily aspirin use has recently come to Angie’s and my attention.  Through new genetic testing,  that we’ll be offering to our clients in the near future, we discovered that it’s possible to have a polymorphism, or genetic alteration, that makes you more susceptible to colon cancer when taking aspirin regularly.

Learn eight much safer ways to decrease your risk of strokes or heart attacks….if you start now and add one new behaviour each week, you’ll have a heart…… and brain healthy…… lifestyle by the New Year!

Fish oil. A much better way to thin the blood, control inflammation and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack is by regular use of Omega 3 fatty acids. Adding a highly absorbable fish oil such as our  Omega Avail, combined with either a Paleo or Mediterranean diet is a foundation for reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.  It’s also great for the joints and brain.

Stress management.  Let’s review why the blood gets thick in the first place?  The stress response.  It’s an early adaptation from those days when we were running for our lives in the jungle or in a sword fight. If our blood was clotting during the stressful event, our chances of bleeding to death if injured were significantly reduced.  The physical activity used up the stress hormones and blood viscosity returned to normal after the “fight” or “ flight”.

These days, our stressful events are most often sedentary and there’s no physical outlet afterwards.   So our blood runs thick and increases the risk of strokes or heart attacks.

We have several excellent adaptogens, which are formulas that help our bodies adapt to stress, that can help reduce the effects of stress.   Call for a free 15 minute consult to see how we can help you with your stress. In the meantime you might want to try one of our adaptogens which include Adrenotone, Endorphinate, Stress Reduction Complex, and CateCholaCalm among others. 

Eat a clean diet of whole foods. Eliminate anything that is GMO or