Monica CullinaneGrand Junction Free Press Health & Wellness Columnist

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February 7, 2013
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CULLINANE: Weapons to fight heart disease

Did you know that our hearts will beat around 2.5 billion times during our life span? The heart is one of the most important organs in the human body, continuously pumping blood through out our entire body, nurturing us from the inside-out, including our emotions and sense of equanimity.An estimated 1 in 3 Americans have some form of heart disease.A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons to fight it.How are you treating your heart and/or the hearts of your loved ones? Here are few suggestions to keep your hearts ticking strong!

1. Take Vitamin L (love)2. Increase fiber 3. Drink plenty of water4. One apple a day keeps the doctor away5. Berries6. Avocado7. Olive oil

G reensO nionsM ushroomsB erriesB eansS eeds(I recommend to check out his book, "Super Immunity.")Also 7-13 servings of fruits and veggies per day. If you find doing this hard, I have an easy solution for you that may be the catalyst to revamp your health. If interested in learning more about this, call or email me and ask about Juice Plus. You can also visit and watch the video there, or come to one of the seminars offered on Monday, Feb. 11 at noon at the Academy of Yoga, 1048 Independent Ave., suite A207, or Tuesday, Feb. 12., from 6-7 p.m. at the Integrative Medicine Center, 2470 Patterson Road, unit #8.

Health experts have proven that laughter is a great medicine. A good belly laugh can send 20% more blood flow through your entire body. When you increase your blood flow through laughter you feel better, more alive and can see how humor may be a great antidote to stress. When you laugh, the lining of your blood vessel walls relax and expand, making it easier to give and receive love in your life. So have a good giggle. Your heart will thank you.

Another suggestion to work with the energy of the heart chakra is to practice Metta meditation. Here are the basic Instructions for Metta practice:Sit comfortably in a chair or cushion in a place you will not be disturbed for 15 minutes. With your eyes open or closed, relax, breathe easily and comfortably. Feel your energy settle into your body, easily and comfortably. Begin to pull your awareness into your heart area, and let your breathing arise from that area. See if certain words emerge from your heart that speak to what you wish for most deeply for yourself. For example, "May I enjoy peace, may I enjoy good health, and abundance of love." Continue this way until you feel a sense of well-being.Now, visualize or imagine radiating outward in a series of concentric circles this well-being for others you have a close intimacy with. For example, "May my husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, son, daughter enjoy good health, peace, and abundance of love." Continue radiating outward this well-being for those in your circle until you feel complete. Then move this circle to those you know, and then those you do not know, and move the circle outward to your town, state, country and the entire world. Bring the practice to a conclusion when you feel complete with it. This Sunday, Feb. 10, from 4:30-6 p.m., the Academy of Yoga is holding a class about the psychology of the heart chakra; a few spots are available. If you are interested, RSVP to 970-683-0166 or Cullinane, certified health coach, has a private practice coaching clients on how to reach their goals for health, weight loss and stress reduction. Additionally, she teaches yoga, presents workshops and lectures on living a healthy balanced life. She is available for a FREE initial consultation at the Integrative Medicine Center of Western Colorado ( Call 970-245-6911 to schedule appointment.

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