Care for Your Heart

It’s time to think about your heart’s health. Heart-related diseases are the number one killer for people all throughout the world. How do you do this? First, you must realize that your heart is very much like two pumps: the right side receives blood from the body and pumps it to your lungs; the left side, on the other hand, receives blood from the lungs and pumps it out to the body. Before each beat, your heart fills with blood, then it contracts to squirt the blood along. It takes about just 20 seconds to circulate blood throughout your entire vascular system. It does this all day and all night. What contributes to high blood pressure (this is a condition wherein blood pushes against artery walls with too much force that it strains it) is your lifestyle. Too much booze, too little exercise, and too much salt in your diet could make things worse for you.

Your first and easy mission would be to ask your doctor to take your blood pressure. Aim for below 120/80 mmHg. Ask him to check your cholesterol levels as well. If you’re healthy, you’ll get a total cholesterol reading of below 4mmol/L. A higher number, caused by eating too much saturated fat, being overweight or inactive, hormones, or family history, means that there’s too much cholesterol in your blood. The substance clings to artery walls and eventually hardens, leading to reduced blood flow. This can cause chest pain and a complete blockage. Then, there’s also good cholesterol. This protects you against heart attack, and low levels can increase risk because this seems to carry bad cholesterol away from arteries and back to the liver to be excreted.

How do you improve your cholesterol? Eat less saturated fats, eat more good oils, and make friends with the gym and keep your waist size in check. The right dietary changes can lower your cholesterol by 10 percent. Moreover, you need to watch your waist circumference because this is measurement of abdominal fat. Research has linked to fat in the belly, more than any other area, to hardening the arteries. Women with large waists are more likely to die young of heart disease. Avoid processed foods which contain trans fats that add to flab. Eat more oily fish, legumes, garlic, fruits, and vegetables. The right foods protect your ticker by raising good cholesterol levels and lowering bad ones.

Antioxidants act as bodyguards to your arteries. Add nuts and green tea to your daily diet so you get better chances of aging well. Your heart is a muscle, so what makes your glutes and abs firm also strengthens your heart. Sedentary people are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease. If you get less than 30 minutes of exercise daily then your heart is at risk. Relationships with people also contribute to your heart’s health. So, should you decide to invest in one, know that you’re investing in your health as well. The thought of being with someone should make your heart sing.

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Updated: October 27, 2012 — 8:25 pm

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