Cardiovascular Health

This month is all about Cardiovascular Health. See below for articles covering topics like heart health, blood pressure, exercise, and how holistic nutrition plays a part. There are also some tasty heart-healthy recipes! 



Check out these articles from our supportive community of holistic nutrition professionals. 

  • Heart Healthy Foods – The heart is the powerhouse of the cardiovascular system. Michelle Waithe, R.H.N., reveals how to create a whole foods based diet with heart healthy foods that have four characteristics in common.
  • A Natural Approach to Sports Nutrition – ­­Exercise is important to a healthy lifestyle and a healthy heart. It is also important to consider what you eat to obtain your energy and nutrients. Alissa Liska, C.H.N., explains more in this article. 
  • If Heart Disease Runs In Your Family, Will You Also Get It?Does heart disease run in your family? Are you worried that you might get it if it does? While genetics may play a part, it’s not the whole story. Leora Barak, R.H.N. shares a little more on this topic. 
  • 5 Ways to Avoid (or Combat) High Blood Pressure – High blood pressure, of hypertension, is a well-known risk for heart disease. Sarah Cuff, R.H.N., has some nutritional tips on how to avoid (or combat) high blood pressure. 
  • Why You Should Rethink Cholesterol – Cholesterol has long been said to be artery-clogging and the cause of heart disease. But what if we have it all wrong? Stephanie Kay, R.H.N., helps us understand cholesterol, its function, how works, and the benefits of including it in your diet. 
  • Cardio Exercises at Home – Cardio is great at getting your blood pumping and heart rate up. If you are not the type of person who likes running, here are 19 other cardio exercises you can do from the comfort of your own home via Healthline. 
  • Heart Healthy Black & Red Rice – Find out why eating these foods can lead to decreased risk of heart disease and cancer, improvements in memory, and other health benefits. Article from Rebecca L. Thornton, R.H.N. 
  • Cholesterol, Cardiovascular Health & CoQ10 – Fact: Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of mortality in Canada. Kayla Macdonald, R.H.N., explains the function of cholesterol and CoQ10 and the effect on your cardiovascular health. 

Continuing Education

  • AN104 Advanced Pathology and Nutrition (Part 1). 
  • AN108 Nutrition and Athletic Performance. 

Treat yourself to a gooey and rich brownie. These also happen to be gluten-free and vegan. Try this decadent recipe from Erin Schmautz, R.H.N.

Vegan Beet Burgers

It may be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a burger. These delicious burgers are packed with essential plant proteins and freeze well for easy cooking. Recipe from Crystal Hughes, R.H.N.

Squash, Spinach, and Walnut Spaghetti

Natalie Pupo, R.H.N. shares her recipe for a healthy and comforting bowl of pasta: Squash, Spinach, and Walnut Spaghetti. This is an easy dinner with a great mix of textures and flavours. 

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Try these amazing Chocolate Fudge Cookies (gluten and dairy-free) from Leora Barak, R.H.N. Chewy, fudgy, and a yummy dose of heart-healthy fats, protein, and antioxidants.

Beet, Fennel + Apple Soup

Besides being vibrant and colourful, beets are high in antioxidants and can help lower blood pressure. Tisha Riman, R.H.N., shares her recipe for Beet, Fennel + Apple Soup.

Guide to Fats & Oils

When it comes to heart health, which fats and oils are good for us? Download a free ‘Guide to the Best Healthy Fats and Oils & Their Uses’, prepared by Ashleigh Grange, R.H.N.

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