Are you ready to live? Really live that feeling good life you desire to live? Thank you for joining me on this episode of the Feeling Good Podcast, it’s great to be alive. On this feel good day we’ll talk about heart health and how you can practice heart-healthy habits that will help protect you against heart disease.
Key Takeaways from This Podcast:
[1:31] Dr. Phil answers a question he has received several times: How can a 20-year-old have a heart attack? Listen in to find out what can be done to keep it from happening.
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[3:03] A friend of mine’s son, 20-year-old Ben, actually did have a heart attack. I got a call from Ben’s father, asking me what was going on with Ben. After talking with Ben for a moment, I encouraged them to get to the emergency room immediately. They called me from the ER. Ben did have a heart attack, was being treated, and was going to be OK.
[4:11] It was unbelievable for this to be happening to a young man that appears to be in really good health. But he’s not. You don’t have a heart attack if you’re in really good health. People may look healthy, but have silent inflammation in their blood vessels.
[4:53] Many of you have probably heard of young athletes falling dead on the football field; falling dead on the basketball court; or maybe after practice, they get home and fall over dead. I can tell you of a few stories in our local area where that has happened.
[5:32] Ben has been an active band member for years and is in the marching band. Band members sweat just as much as the football players do, if not more. They end up, some of them, like Ben, with heart issues, with cardiomyopathy. That’s what Ben was diagnosed with, cardiomyopathy. Ben’s doing well. So many don’t make it.
[6:41] It doesn’t have to happen. A cardiologist was interviewed on local TV, and said all heart doctors could be put out of business if people would do these four things: eat right, exercise, manage their weight, and stop smoking. Heart disease is the number one killer where I live, here in the Deep South, in Mississippi. It doesn’t have to be.
[7:46] People won’t do these four simple things. They don’t know they have a problem. It goes undetected. Ben will tell you, he was not eating right, and he was not doing one of the most important things that’s part of eating right, and that’s drinking water.
[8:37] Minerals can be added to water. One of the early signs that there’s a problem is cramps. The muscles ache, and there is weakness, because of the electrolytes being low. Electrolytes are needed for a healthy heart. You’ve got to have them.
[9:07] Exercise is another key to preventing heart problems, no matter what your age is. Consistent exercise — you’ve got to do it. Find something you like; do it consistently.
[9:32] Another thing that this doctor talked about was managing your weight. If you’re eating right, you’re drinking water instead of sodas and sweet drinks, and exercising consistently, you’re going to maintain your weight.
[10:06] The other thing he said, is stop smoking. There’s plenty of evidence to show the dangers of smoking, and how it can affect your heart. If you are a smoker, stop. Get somebody to help you. When you quit smoking, the damage can be reversed, over time.
[10:47] There’s one other thing, though, that I want to mention, and this was an issue with Ben. Ben is a high achiever, pushing himself. He put a lot of stress on himself. And of course, he had external stresses. Everybody does. If we don’t properly manage stress it can have a detrimental effect on our heart health.
[12:04] There are the five simple things that you can implement into your lives and put into practice on a day-to-day basis, that could help prevent a heart attack.
[13:01] So, I encourage you, no matter what your age is, start taking the necessary actions today, to take better care of your heart, to take better care of your overall health. I’d love to see people living with strong healthy hearts, and living vibrant lives.
[13:35] If you know somebody like Ben, a young person that’s pushing themselves hard — they’re an athlete, or they’re a band member, or something else where they’re pushing themselves really hard — and not taking care of their bodies, talk to them. Say, “Hey, I want to help you. Are you considering this?” Have them go to a doctor.
[14:34] Throughout the summer, we’re doing a How to Live Until You Die book promotion. We will be offering some fun giveaways each week including T-shirts, movie and dinner gift cards, and other fun summer things to those who participate in the promotion and purchase the book. Go to howtoliveuntilyoudie.com, choose one of our book promotion packages, and your name will be entered into the weekly contest. Every week we will draw a name and send someone a cool gift. It will be a lot of fun so we’d love to have you participate in the promotion. Send us a picture of yourself holding the book to [email protected], or post it on our Carson Natural Health Facebook page, and you’ll be entered two more times. You can have a total of three entries in the contest.
[16:15] Have health questions? Visit carsonnatural.com and click on the ‘Ask Dr. Phil’ microphone to record your questions or email them to [email protected]
Mentioned in This Episode of The Feeling Good Podcast:
Carson Natural Health & Wellness Consulting – Facebook page
Dr. Laura Washington
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