7 ways we help keep your heart healthy

Therapies, testing, and supplements

While diet and exercise certainly play a role in keeping your heart healthy, we have several therapies, testing, and supplements available to further support your heart health. In this article, we cover some of what we provide patients that gives them the ability to be proactive about preventing heart health issues.

Plus, keep in mind that many people who are at risk for heart disease, may also deal with a handful of other symptoms (like bloating, inflammation, digestive issues, insomnia, fatigue, etc.), all stemming from the same root cause. You’ll notice that while you are supporting your heart health, you are also supporting your entire body, resulting in a reduction in symptoms overall!

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Roughly 805,000 people suffer from heart attacks every year, making heart disease the leading cause of death in the United States. That means every 40 seconds someone experiences a life-changing event, that unfortunately may even result in death.

What causes heart disease?

Heart disease is caused by underlying issues like stress, poor diet, nutrient deficiencies, lack of exercise, and exposure to environmental toxins that contribute to damaged blood vessels.

When you have high levels of cholesterol, combined with a lot of oxidative stress, it’s the perfect recipe for atherosclerosis. When this happens, it puts you at a greater risk of experiencing a heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. So our goal is to reduce the damage or prevent it from occurring in the first place.

Here are 7 ways we can help you be proactive about keeping your heart healthy!

  1. Ozone Therapy
  2. Far Infrared Red Sauna
  3. IV Nutrition Therapy
  4. FLOWpresso Therapy
  5. Genetic testing combined with functional medicine analysis and recommendations
  6. Cardiovascular health testing
  7. Supplements

“Oh my wow! I am so impressed with the FLOWpresso treatment! I feel just a little tired and sore but actually surprised that I’m a bit energized and even a bit euphoric. And the pain is so much better in my legs and hips. I smiled all the way home!”

SAUNDRA G

Ozone Therapy

Ozone therapy can help combat cardiovascular disease by supporting the biochemical pathway that delivers more oxygen to the heart and other tissues.

Ozone therapy can be significantly beneficial to those with ischemic heart disease, a condition in which blood flow (and thus oxygen) is restricted or reduced in a part of the body. Since these patients typically experience tightness in the chest, angina, and breathing difficulty due to the reduced oxygen supply to the heart, ozone therapy sessions can help.

Far Infrared Ray Sauna

Consistent infrared sauna sessions can help fight against the factors that contribute to heart disease in the first place. An infrared sauna is good for your heart as it can slowly reduce inflammation, improve mitochondrial function, enhance your lipid profile, and improve blood circulation (which addresses the root cause of heart issues).

In fact, one study showed that people who attended weekly sauna sessions had reduced cardiovascular mortality. To reap the most heart benefits, you can begin using the sauna with 15-minute sessions, 2-3 times a week, and work your way up in 5-minute increments to 45 minutes every 2 to 3 days.

Far Infrared Sauna Therapy

IV Nutrition Therapy

IV therapy can supply your body with an abundance of heart-supporting nutrients by bypassing your GI tract. IV nutrition therapy delivers minerals, antioxidants, vitamins, and amino acids directly into your bloodstream.

This is vital for those who also struggle with GI issues (like bloating, constipation, diarrhea, burping, and acid reflux) since those symptoms may be a sign that your body is not absorbing nutrients at an optimal rate, which is required for heart health.

This means that even if you are eating a healthy diet or taking supplements, your body may not be able to utilize those consumed nutrients to the fullest. This is why IV nutrition is a great option to support a healthy heart, especially if you’re dealing with GI symptoms.

We mix our own fluids based on our patient’s needs, and we avoid using preservatives, which makes the quality of our ingredients and the IV’s effectiveness much greater than at many other places around KC. Some heart-healthy nutrients in our IVs include:

  • Magnesium chloride
  • Potassium chloride
  • Glutathione
  • B Complex
  • Taurine
  • Carnitine
  • Selenium
  • Calcium chloride
  • Dexpanthenol
  • Pyridoxine
  • Ascorbic acid
IV Therapy room at in2GREAT

FLOWpresso

Using FLOWpresso therapy can help you combat the root contributors of heart disease, by helping your body release toxins from your system, encourage relaxation and sleep, promote circulation, and support improvement in your overall health and well-being!

Since stress is one of the biggest risk factors of heart disease, FLOWpresso can put your body at ease, activating your parasympathetic state, and allowing your body and heart to recover and restore itself.

FLOWpresso

Genetic testing combined with functional medicine

Knowing your genetics can help you make personalized lifestyle choices to support your heart. Depending on your genetics, you could be more at risk for developing cardiovascular disease. However, that doesn’t mean you are destined to have a heart attack or develop heart issues.

Just because your genetics say one thing, doesn’t mean you don’t have any control over your health, because you do. Only 10% of your health is determined by genetics, while 90% is influenced by environmental and lifestyle factors.

In fact, knowing your genetics will allow you to make educated decisions and empower you to make specific lifestyle changes to keep your heart healthy.

Our staff at in2GREAT uses epigenetics and nutrigenomics to turn off bad genes and turn on good genes. Just because you have a mutation of a gene, doesn’t mean you are doomed. It simply means, your body may need more support in specific areas by taking targeted supplements to support optimal detoxification, paying special attention to stress management or altering your diet a bit.

We use 3X4 Genetics, a genetic testing company we selected to work with, which gives insights into your heart health risk surrounding:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Clotting
  • Cholesterol
  • Glucose & Insulin
  • Iron Overload
  • Training Response
  • Vascular Health

You can expect your genetic testing results to arrive in about 4 weeks. At that time, you’ll come into our Kansas City office, where we will review your results together. We will explain what your results mean to your health, and give you specific, actionable steps to implement to support your body and reduce your risk of certain health conditions.

Genetic testing combined with functional medicine analysis and recommendations, empower you and your provider with information that can support you with any health predispositions based on your genetics.

Genetic testing and functional medicine analysis

Cardiovascular health testing

We have an extensive list of labs and testing we utilize depending on what we need to look at to identify the root cause of your health issues, support the restoration of your health, and prevent heart health issues from becoming a future problem. Our functional medicine practitioners review labs with a much more strict reference range based on optimal physiology. Which is very different from other practices, especially conventional medicine ones.

  • Blood sugar levels
  • Health/function of liver and gallbladder, including cholesterol
  • Health/function of kidneys, including mineral health
  • Mineral balance
  • Methylation levels
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart’s electrical signals (with an EKG)

Supplements

We take pride in the amount of research we do to provide the purest, proven supplements available; engineered to be more effective than what you’d find elsewhere. Some heart health oral nutrients available through our supplements include:

  • EFA’s (Omega 3’s)
  • CoQ10
  • Curcumin
  • Red Yeast Rice
  • Niacin
  • Proteolytic enzymes
  • Antioxidants
  • Methylation support (Methylated B vitamins/ B12/ folate)

Don’t forget the basics of heart disease prevention

Don’t forget that stress management, daily movement, and consuming a healthy diet are encouraged to get your heart health lab numbers in optimal functional reference ranges and to reduce your risk of heart disease!

Eli Trave, Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

About the author

Eli Priest is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP), a Master Restorative Wellness Practitioner (MRWP), and one of Kansas City’s most passionate minds when it comes to the subject of how nutrition plays into an individual’s health and wellness.

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