We often hear people talking about listening to our hearts, but do we really know what our heart desires the most? I bet it wants us to take care of it more than anything else in this world so that it can keep on working efficiently and pump blood as per its daily routine. The very routine that keeps us alive. So, let’s take a moment and talk about our precious heart.
Food For Your Heart
What you eat daily has a great role to decide how healthy your heart would be. The key to avoiding cardiovascular diseases and complexities involved in your heart health can be easily avoided if you are conscious enough of choosing the food you consume. Limit intake of processed food and switch to the organic diet. Go for organically/naturally cultivated fruits and vegetables and protect your heart from the risks incurred by an unhealthy food.
If you have a sweet tooth, then it’s time to curb those cravings for sparkling sugary things. Because increased glucose and fructose intake is not a wise choice for a healthy heart. It can induce inflammation, which in turn might give rise to cardiovascular diseases, that is the arch enemy of our dear heart. Also, cut the supply of baked food, which can aid in bad cholesterol. You want to include fish in your diet, that is rich in omega-3 fatty acid, also known as ‘essential fatty acid’ or ‘good cholesterol’ that can take care of your heart health. Omega-3 acid can also lower inflammation and thus can prevent cardiovascular diseases and risks of heart failure. Fish oil also plays a vital role to decrease heart palpitations and uneasiness due to irregular heartbeats. Fish like Salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, sardines are packed with omega-3 fatty acid. Flaxseeds are another great source of omega-3, and it can also help to lower high blood pressure level, will aid in digestion and will take care of your skin and hair health. Carrots are rich in antioxidants, which fights free radicals that can be harmful to your heart health. Tomato, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, and garlic are also good for a healthy heart.
Exercise for a healthy heart-
Most affordable and less exhausting exercise that you can do for your heart is walking. That’s right! Walking is the best exercise out there which can keep your heart in a great health. It will refresh your mood, will burn that excess fat and will keep you in a good shape. Walking is also stress relieving that can keep the check on bad cholesterol, inflammation and thus will improve your cardiac health by reducing chances of strokes and heart failure.
Swimming is another best option that can improve your heart strength. It can also help to keep your lungs in a great health by maximizing oxygen use efficiency. It can increase your cardiovascular strength and regular swimming will definitely tone your muscles leaving your body fit and noticeably attractive.
Breathing exercise can be beneficial for a healthy heart if done regularly and in a right way. It strengthens the cardiac system by allowing more oxygen supply to the heart and thus facilitating a healthy blood oxygen level.
If you’re above 45, a heart check-up is highly recommended to know about your cardiovascular health. A regular check-up will keep you updated about your cholesterol level and will help to decide your nutritional needs that can aid to maintain your heart in a good shape. An early diagnosis of a blocked artery can be rectified with special correcting surgeries along with the supportive care that can help to prevent further serious damage.
Life is full of stress these days, so don’t ignore those warnings that your body sends you from time to time. If something feels wrong in your body, have it checked up and diagnosed at the right time. Try not to stress your mind with trivial matters. Talk with your family and friends, arrange a trip to the places that can bring you closer to nature and don’t forget to laugh your heart out. Because, laughing is a great way to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress. So, give your heart that healthy laugh and listen closely to what the precious says. It surely wants to live longer and a healthier life.