There’s something in your home clogging up your arteries. And it’s not ANY of the things that come to mind.
It’s not the butter, eggs, and cheese in your fridge. They can actually be GOOD for your cardiovascular health as long as you’re eating the all-natural kind and doing it in moderation.
In fact, it’s not in your fridge at all. It’s not even in the kitchen.
It’s in your LIVING ROOM, and maybe even your BEDROOM, too. As new research once again links too much TV to the most severe form of damage deep inside your arteries.
If you spend too much time plopped down in front of the tube’s glowing light, your own arteries could be turning to “cement” right now.
But there’s also a way to STOP the damage and CLEAR OUT those arteries. And I’ll let you in on the secret just as soon as we turn off the TV.
Too much TV time sends your risk soaring
There was a time when we’d all gather around our TVs at the same time for a big show. Like the finale of “MASH,” which pretty much the entire nation watched as one.
That group experience has just about vanished with the choice of hundreds of channels and on-demand viewing. But one thing hasn’t changed. We’re all still gathered around our TVs, not to mention all those smaller screens we now have.
And, of course, right now, we’re ALL glued to one show that’s on every screen… the news. From the latest on the coronavirus to election-year politics, we’re all always checking the latest headlines.
It’s not great for our mental health. But now, a new study shows how all that extra TV time could be taking another kind of toll. It could be hardening your arteries.
According to the research, every 90 minutes of TV leads to a 44 percent jump in the risk of coronary artery disease.
The study finds watching TV can more specifically raise your risk of…
- heart attack
- ischemic heart disease
- coronary artery bypass grafting
- percutaneous coronary intervention
The problem isn’t the TV itself, of course. It’s what we do while watching it. Or rather, what we DON’T do: move.
2 steps to cut the risk to your arteries
Sitting for long periods can slow the metabolism and raise your risks for hardened arteries. And that’s true whether you’re watching TV, sitting at a desk, or just daydreaming in the easy chair.
TV is often worse because, while NOT moving, many people sit around snacking – and usually on junk food.
But there are two quick steps you can take to cut those risks…
STEP ONE: This is the obvious one. Turn off the TV and establish some healthier habits. Move more and avoid junky snacks with or without the TV. Try setting an alarm to remind yourself to get up and move every hour or so until it’s a habit.
STEP TWO: Help reverse the damage to your arteries with the help of some old favorites.
The butter cheese and eggs I mentioned earlier? They’re GREAT sources of heart-friendly vitamin K. More specifically, they contain some of the essential vitamin K2 scientists believe can help pull calcium out of the arteries, so it doesn’t build up and harden.
You can also find K2 as a supplement. Just speak to a doctor before taking it as it doesn’t play nice with certain blood thinners.