Remember the classic 80s Tina Turner song? “What’s love got to do with it? …What’s love but a sweet old fashioned notion.” Well it turns out that Tina was actually wrong about love, at least as far as heart health is concerned.
Everyone knows that regular exercise, good nutrition and getting enough sleep are important for taking care of your heart. Not smoking, limiting your alcohol intake and managing stress are also essential.
Even getting massage therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic care to address physical conditions that are causing you pain can be helpful. However, what most people don’t know is that more and more research is showing that love, social connections and compassion play a much larger role in determining cardiovascular health than people think.
For example, cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish in his book Love and Survival: The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy, cites a study done in Alameda County, California, involving almost seven thousand men and women that showed that those who lacked social and community ties, such as contact with friends, family, marriage, church and group memberships, were 1.9 – 3.1 times more likely to die during the nine-year follow-up period of the research.1
In this article I’m going to show you 3 simple but powerful ways you can improve your heart health plus feel more loving, connected and compassionate!
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