You’ve probably heard the old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Well, as a matter of fact, the way to everyone’s heart is “through the stomach.”

In order to keep your heart healthy and clear of any sludge that can lead to heart disease, what you put in your stomach is just as important as what you don’t include in your diet.

In fact, a Harvard Medical School report said that a healthy diet, regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of heart disease by as much as 80% – a truly sobering fact. It is especially sobering because this includes drinking alcohol in moderation and staying far away from cigarette smoke.

Now you’ve heard of Lipitor and other drugs that claim to reduce the risk of heart disease, but have you noticed the dangerous side effects?

Difficulty breathing, tightening of the chest, peeling of the skin, painful urination, swelling of the lips, face, or tongue, joint pain, muscle pain and yellowing of the eyes or skin are just a few of the negative effects of taking this dangerous drug.

Who wants to watch their skin peel?!

Fortunately, there’s a better way to lower your risk of deadly heart disease. As always, before beginning any natural remedy regimen, please check with your physician or health-care professional.

I know at this point you’re probably wondering what kind of diet will keep your heart aflutter and performing at maximum efficiency.

I’m so glad you asked! I’m about to give you just a few heart-healthy tips to start practicing right away to give your heart all it needs for a long life.

  • Just what the doctor ordered: 1000 to 6000 milligrams of Vitamin C. As little as 1000 mg of Vitamin C per day effectively lowers the CRP levels  (C-Reactive Protein in your blood that responds to inflammation), which are found to be one of the culprits in diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. Taking Vitamin C helps to lower this naturally occurring protein will greatly reduce your risk of life threatening disease. It is recommended that 6000 mg be taken per 150 pounds of body weight. Citrus fruits, rose hips and all-natural supplements are excellent sources of this powerful antioxidant.
  • Brush well and floss daily. Your dentist knows what it takes to protect your gums and teeth from bacteria, which are the same germs that can enter the blood stream while swallowing and work their way to your heart. Studies have shown that gingivitis produces unfriendly bacteria that can travel to your ticker, wreak havoc on its functions and increase your risk of heart disease by about 25%. By the way, smoking is one of the greatest preventable risks of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
  • Serve 5-9…and get life. Five to nine (5-9) servings of fruits and vegetables each day will help lower your risk of heart disease – and stroke. This is good advice from a general health standpoint, so make sure you get your 5-9 servings every day. What does the body good? Swiss chard, spinach, broccoli and other leafy greens. Plus, citrus fruits like lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit all play an important role in your health and the health of your heart.
  • Don’t drink the pool water. Be sure to get a quality filter capable of removing chlorine from your drinking water. Since the 1960s, studies have shown that folks 50 years and older who have consumed chlorinated tap water were at a significantly higher risk for developing heart disease than those who drank bottled water or other non-chlorinated beverages. Most research led us to believe that it was safe because it kills bacteria found in tap water but, “Now we are learning the hard way that all the time we were preventing epidemics of one disease we were creating another.” – Dr. Joseph M. Price.
  • Avoid pesticides by going organic…and getting plenty of restful sleep. Eating organically grown foods that avoid the use of pesticides can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease. That’s because pesticides contain toxins that shut down your heart’s natural ability to defend itself and pump life-giving blood to all of our organs. Pesticides are designed to end life – not promote it. Getting plenty of restful sleep will ensure your body gets the shut-down time it needs to rebuild vital functions – including the heart, mind and spirit.

So you see, the way to all of our hearts is through the stomach. Feeding our body the most nutrient-rich foods and beverages can help prevent a cataclysmic disaster that could end your life prematurely. Feed your body well to prevent disease and enjoy the precious experience of living happy and healthy for a long time.