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Part 1: Straight to the Heart

How can you lower your risk of cardiovascular disease? Why is chronic inflammation often the heart of the matter? Get answers to these questions and more as you learn about specific nutrients, food and daily habits to help keep your heart healthy. Malia Curran, MS, MPH is a nutrition consultant and speaker, and sees clients in the Boston region.

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monique gordon says …

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mod*mom says …

i really appreciate this information about protecting the cardiovascular system + that it's a leading killer of women. i am recovering from acute congestive heart failure caused by a new breast cancer drug. it damaged my heart so badly i wasn't going to need a heart transplant soon, but i wouldn't qualify for a heart, because of the cancer diagnosis. luckily, when they stopped the drug, my heart did recover slowly to almost average. so i know from experience you can't do much of anything without a strong heart.

antonina says …

Wow! That was a lot of information! I knew about the healthy eating and and about keeping active but I didn't know about all the things I should and could be takeing to help ensure that my heart is healthy. Great pod cast! Thank you.

Jana Sterling says …

Thank you for this information. My father-in-law just suffered a major heart attack, and it was a huge wake up call for the entire family. This podcast offered the perfect guidance on lifestyle changes we should incorporate now!

kay massingill says …

I am a wife AND a daughter of heart attack survivors. I am also a RN so this info was great to listen to.

sherri says …

That was a lot of great information. I finished thinking of all the ways I could benefit from the knowledge I gained.

kate5405 says …

I enjoyed this podcast and will be watching for Part 2. I was glad to hear I had been doing some healthy things--taking vitamins, eating better, and getting more exercise.

kate5405 says …

I forgot to indicate I was directed to this site by modmom.blogspot.com

Angela M says …

Wonderful podcast. This is something will positively benefit my life as I am at high risk for heart disease since it runs so rampant through my father's family. I'm often overwhelmed, so I know I need to take small steps to a better, healthier lifestyle. Thanks so much!

Mandy El Halta says …

I thought this was really informative and not to overwhelming. Sometimes these topics can just make you depressed and you are to overwhelmed to change. This was great in giving important information in a simple way that made me want to be better and do better.

Stephanie says …

Thsi was very informative, thanks for bringing this to peoples attention

Shelly says …

Great information presented in a helpful way. My family has a history of heart disease and as a woman I am concerned about how to better take care of myself.

Cindi Hoppes says …

Hello, Your three podcasts were very easy for listening and comprehending. On the first one, I liked all the information on reducing inflammation in the body! The second podcast made a great point about treating exercise seriously and scheduling your times to exercise! Thirdly, the podcast stressed the importance of treating toxicity in the body. My husband has begun a diet and always feel hungry after dinner. How can I help him with ideas for getting through the hunger pangs? Thanks,Cindi

Leanne Cobbledick says …

Thanks for the information - I'm taking it to heart ;)

Catherine says …

I have received good counsel from in-store employees before, but I do find it helpful to have this supplemental information to study at home. I'm hesitant to experiment too much without consulting an M.D. first, so I am in fact much more likely to pursue these natural health options when given resources I can digest at home and cross-check before coming into the store. Good work, as always, Whole Foods. My life has definitely been enriched by your presence.

Kimberly says …

information worth noting over and over...inflamation, who knew? Gotta get me some CoQ10 and antioxidants! Off to take my vitamins, thanks for this nice little nugget of useful information in just the right length of time. modmom.blogspot.com

Brooke says …

Thanks for the information. Your podcasts are superinformative and helpful.

Sarah says …

Definitely some good information. I think I'll start taking a multi-vitamin today! I liked how it was short and sweet. Worth the six minutes.

Liz says …

I enjoyed this podcast - very informative. It doesn't matter how much I work out or my weight - any of us can be at risk for heart disease.

Sara B. says …

I'm glad she addressed free radicals and what causes them. She talked about stress a lot which is good.

Cynthia says …

Thank you so much for all the information. It really made me stop and think.

Caryn Bailey says …

Thank you for this information. With the rise in incidence of heart disease in women I am glad you've shared some strategies for prevention. Referred by ModMom blog.

Whitney Austin says …

A great common sense reminder to eat many different kinds of natural, heart-healthy foods with lots of color, texture and flavor!

Mel says …

What a great way get across such vital information.

bonggamom says …

I did know about the link between chronic inflammation and heart disease (my husband suffers from rheumatoid arthritis) but was not aware that I could be at risk at well! It's great that podcasts like this can make people aware of the connection between antioxidants and preventing cardiovascular disease.

daisy says …

Very informative and thought-provoking. I always had the mindset that it was men who had to worry about their heart health - but after listening to this, I will definitely take the advice to heart and change my habits! Thanks for the great podcast.

Angela says …

As someone who has been struggling with high cholesterol since I was first tested at 5 years old this is a great way to remind me of the risks and keep me motivated to stay on track with a healthy heart.

Jen says …

Wow. I just recently found out that I'm predisposed to coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke, fetal loss because of a blood condition/gene mutation that I have. This info in the podcasts are wonderful especially about the inflammation in the body that affects the heart and body!

MMW says …

I never knew about the adverse effects of chronic inflammation before. Happy to have a short concise reminder of how small lifestyle changes can make my heart happy. Happy valentines Day

Stephanie V says …

Much needed information. Heart disease is strong in my family so educating the public is very important. Thank you!

Kelley says …

Wow, that is a lot of information. ITs good to hear things- it reinforces and helps to make better choices. Thanks to modmom.blogspot.com for pointing me to this podcast.

Major Bedhead says …

Great podcast. Thanks for the information. I knew about the diet and exercise, but I had no idea about the different vitamins. My dad and grandmother had heart issues and now that I'm getting *ahem* older, it's something I need to pay attention to.

Agatha says …

That's a great podcast series. Heart Disease is such a problem in America, Thanks for the much needed information.

Anita/ wordydoodles.blogspot.com says …

This is a useful reminder with specific ideas on improving heart health. I would love it if they could make recommendations on which vitamin brands are the most potent. Or, if they can't, if there was a place on the website where customers could weigh in on which brands produced the best results. Thanks!

Jeanie Ripton says …

Good tips -- I think it's important to stress the "scheduling" of stress-relief techniques. I also appreciate the mention of how important a daily vitamin as well as Vitamin D supplement is.

Maria Sievert says …

Wow! I knew about the healthy eating and about exercising, but I didn’t know about all the things I should be taking to help my heart stay healthy. Great pod cast! Thanks for the link from modmom.blogspot.com which i got from http://www.sevenarches.blogspot.com. Funny how it all works out, isn't it?

Ilene says …

Very informative. I'd wondered about CO Q10 and how much vitamins can help. thanks.

Lissete says …

Chronic Inflammation. Very interesting! I am a woman who had a heart attack 6 years ago at the age of 35. I think I need to go get me some CoQ10. Looking foward to Pt.2. Thanks Whole Foods, my second home. modmom.blogspot.com

Alina says …

This was such great info, I knew alot already but this definetly gave me more things to do to keep my heart healthy.

Angela says …

These are great! Heart disease is something that can effect anyone, and it's great to have these podcasts that help educate and motivate.

Patricia C. says …

Heart health is so important. Thank you for the simple tips and valuable reminders.

Geri says …

Thank you for these informative tips!

Eric says …

Great podcast. I have been looking for an informative podcast on healthy eating/living and I think I found it. Thanks modmom.blogspot.com for the info.

Gradon says …

Great, informative podcast. I knew most of what was discussed, but reinforcing the good is always welcome!

Ann says …

I think I'll try that cleansing stuff. I've seen it at my local Whole Foods store. I want to clear out the the bad stuff in my body, so my liver can do it's job.

littlemamak says …

Great information in the podcast! In the past several months I have completely changed my eating habits trying to get my cholesterol down. Thank you for the information!

wakana says …

Great podcast. Very informative. We have been taking multi-vitamins for years and trying to have healthy diet, but I didn't know about vitamin D. Now, we have to figure out how to reduce our stress in our life ---

Karen says …

Listened to the podcast... good intro for beginners. I knew the info, but if I was referring the podcast to someone, I might hope that it had morer ver specific pointers in it. What type of exercise for the busy person on the go would help? Is it important to take digestive enzymes when taking all those supplements? Just more detail for those that perhaps overwhelmed by the whole area... Step 1... More detailed info like that...

Taryn S says …

I learned which supplements to add to my diet for a healthy heart like vitamins E, C, and the B's.

Suzanne Bastien-Adams says …

I got this link from modmom.blogspot.com Heart disease is so scary for many people, and for mother's it's a scary thought that one issue, could take us from our little ones so quickly. I'll be eating more eggs for the vitamin D. CoQ10, I've never heard of it, I'll do some research on this. It sounds like a good multivitamin will help with all of this. I'll start taking mine again. I'll pick up yoga again.. I want as many years as I can get!

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