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Health expert reveals: You can SWEAT your way to a healthier heart

by , 08 April 2013

“Bad news for steak and energy-drink lovers: A new study published in Nature Medicine finds they share a common ingredient that leads to heart disease,” newser.com reports. Luckily, if you're a meat or energy drink lover, there's a way to sweat your heart into good health…

A new study reveals that “carnitine, a compound that helps the body metabolise fatty acids, is plentiful in red meat and is often found in energy drinks and dietary supplements,” reports newser.com.

Why is this bad?

Because “researchers believe that bodies may be converting carnitine into TMAO, a compound that can thicken the walls of arteries. They found that the more TMAO in a person's bloodstream, the more likely they were to suffer heart disease, a heart attack, stroke, and death,” the article continues.

If you’re love braais and energy drinks, this news could make you rethink your diet. Or you can protect your heart by getting hot and sweaty…

Sauna your way to a healthy heart

Saunas have been around for hundreds of year. They’re great for their traditional uses: Meditation and detoxification. But according to natural health guru, Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing they may also improve heart function in patients with congestive heart failure.

In a study published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, “researchers treated 20 congestive heart failure patients with far infrared sauna daily for two weeks. They were compared with 10 ‘control-group’ individuals, matched for age, sex and degree of heart failure (according to the widely accepted New York Heart Association, or "NYHA," classification system),” explains Dr Wright.

“After just two weeks of far infrared treatment, 17 of 20 sauna-treated individuals had significant improvement in clinical symptoms. Their ultrasound evaluations and blood tests were also significantly better. None of the 10 control group individuals had any change,” he goes on.

How does going for a sauna work at protect your heart?

Well, says Dr Wright, saunas create an increase in nitric oxide in the body, which dilates blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. And we all know that high blood pressure is bad for your heart’s health.

So if you’re worried about what the meat and energy drinks you consume are doing your heart, jump into the sauna at your local gym for a great way to protect it.

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