Heart disease is the number one cause of death for Canadian women, and while that statistic is sobering, the good news is that you can reduce your risk of developing heart disease by as much as 80%. Many risk factors are from poor lifestyle choices. As much as possible, adopt healthy choices and your risk of heart disease can be greatly reduced.
“The heart of our passion is preventative medicine,” says Dominica Bay, Pure Vibe’s co-owner and founder. “When Vibers follow our “Pure Vibe Lifestyle” they can reduce their risk of pain and diseases such as heart and stroke, cancer, diabetes, and obesity by 80%.”
The Pure Vibe Lifestyle
- Sleep 8 hours a night:
Regular, quality sleep is important for a healthy immune function, memory, metabolism, digestion and other vital functions.
• Stay hydrated by drinking 3-4 litres of water daily:
Water is vital and affects your energy and performance in class by 40%. It also regulates your temperature, lubricates your joints, and transports nutrients to your cells.
- Vigorous daily exercise such as a Pure Vibe Fitness or Extreme Class to elevate your heart rate:
Australian researchers have shown that daily, vigorous exercise improves life span.
“The benefits of vigorous activity applied to men and women of all ages, and were independent of the total amount of time spent being active,” says study author Dr. Klaus Gebel, senior research fellow at the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention at James Cook University in Cairns. “The results indicate that whether or not you are obese, and whether or not you have heart disease or diabetes, if you can manage some vigorous activity it could offer significant benefits for longevity.”
- Do not sit more than 20 minutes at a time and aim for 10,000 steps daily:
Sitting has been called the new smoking! Our bodies were designed for movement, and our biochemistry requires movement for our lymphatic and energy systems to work. Aim for 10,000 steps a day, which works out to 6-9 kilometers.
- Eat a clean plant based diet with no sugar, dairy, meat, gluten and limited grains:
An excellent reference, 57 Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet is available at the Nursing School Catalogue website. http://www.nursingdegree.net/blog/19/57-health-benefits-of-going-vegan/ A plant-based diet provides a wide variety of quality nutrients that improve health and reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.
- Eliminate toxins such as; smoking, alcohol, non-prescription drugs, chemical cleaning and personal care items:
Unfortunately, we live in a world full of unavoidable toxins in our air, food, water, home and work environments. But we can control the things we chose to put in or on our bodies and homes. Be mindful, and make toxin-free choices.
• Limit stress and offset depression and anxiety by sweating daily:
The Mayo Clinic reports that exercise is an excellent way to manage stress and reduce anxiety. Its many benefits include increasing your endorphins and elevating your mood.
- Breathe in fresh coastal air:
We are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful cities on the planet, with fresh ocean breezes and mountain air. In addition to Vancouver’s physical beauty, the ocean air contains healthy, negatively-charged ions which help balance serotonin levels and reduce depression.
- Think positive thoughts and only surround yourself with positive people and places:
Research shows that positive thinking leads to better psychological and physical well-being, and even reduces your risk of death from cardiovascular disease!