Ten "Ingredients" for a Healthy Heart

Gedalia Genin, who has a PhD in Traditional Naturopathy and over 15 years experience in holistic health, reveals her Ayurvedic approach to keeping your heart healthy and happy all year long.

Celebrate American Heart Month by nourishing your body with something wholesome and honest. Check out this week's Menu!

Sliced orange, lemon juice, chopped shallot, sliced radish, sliced green onion, chopped thyme, arugula

February is American Heart Month. Here are some startling facts:

1. Heart disease is the leading killer in the USA.

2. Every 30 seconds, someone dies of a heart attack.

3. One in four Americans has heart disease.

It's no surprise that cardiovascular health is central (literally) to our overall health. Pioneers in the field of health such as Dr. Dean Ornish have mapped out key principles to take care of the heart “organ.”

However, Eastern medicine and Ayurveda view the heart “chakra” as not just an organ, but a powerful subtle energy station central to your overall energy and vitality. The heart chakra according to Ayurveda, a holistic approach to heart health, requires that you nourish the emotional heart as well as the physical heart. Eastern medicine does not just see the heart as just a pump- it's the foundation of emotional health whether it's sadness, elation or frustration. 

So why pay attention?

Tossing in arugula

The heart chakra is associated with the following 6 psychological and behavioral characteristics:
  • The capacity to love (not just romantic love) and the sense of feeling connected to others.
  • Integration — feeling grounded and centered in your heart at the same time.
  • Transcending personal identity and limitations of the ego — striving toward forgiveness, compassion, empathy, generosity, and kindness.
  • Heart-centered discernment — the healthy boundaries and staying away from negative people and jobs.
  • Appreciation of beauty in all things — especially the beauty in nature.
  • Experiencing deep and meaningful relationships.
What are the ingredients to enhance your heart? Let’s take a look:
  • Work with the breath to balance your energy — simply practicing up to ten belly breaths in the morning can bring awareness and act as a jumper cable for your heart.
  • Cultivate your appreciation for beauty, whether it’s in nature, people or the arts.
  • Practice self-care and love your body — this may include a good bath with a rose essential oil to a yoga class with back bending poses to open the heart.
  • Cultivate self-compassion and acceptance, especially with regards to your emotions and body. Notice your thoughts.
  • Engage in activities that feed your heart — dance, read or write poetry, take up Tai Chi or sit in your garden room and look at nature.
  • Focus on receiving if you are naturally inclined to be a giver; and on giving if you’re more inclined to receive.
  • Reflect on old wounds inherited from family relationships and come to terms with them compassionately — you can write about them in your journal or speak to someone who can simply listen.
  • Express your gratitude, even if it’s in silence; you can be grateful for the presence of other people in your life or simply for good things that make your life easier and happier. Begin by saying thank you to anyone you can.
  • Wear gemstones such as rose quartz, jade, and fluorite; just seeing the beauty is okay too.
  • Wear oils such as rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, and eucalyptus to clear the lungs and enhance the breath.

Radish-Orange Arugula Salad with White Beans & Honeyed Goat Cheese

Gedalia Genin PhD is a holistic healer and health expert practicing at Centre Spring MD in Brookhaven, Atlanta, GA. She is the recent author of the book "Enough Drugs! I am A Woman And Can heal Naturally- a practical guide to feeling your best, which is available on Amazon. This guide empowers women with a wealth of holistic gems to reclaim vibrant health and inner peace. For those seeking an alternative to prescription drugs, or simply want to live a holistic lifestyle the author clearly distills the benefits of creativity, meditation, movement, Ayurveda, vibrational healing and shows you how to get started on a path to healing and wholeness. Be sure to check out her recent article The Power of Time — in AyurvedaMantra magazine.

Join Gedalia Genin for a talk about Essential Oils for Stress Relief and book signing on March 3rd!

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