Healthy Heart Secrets Revealed!
- Heart Diseases
- Blood Pressure
- Cholesterol Levels
- Triglycerides Levels
- Clogged Arteries
- Poor Circulation
- Varicose Veins
Information on how to maintain a healthy heart is widely available and has been discussed numerous times by leading cardiologists. However, that does not stop thousands of people around the world from dying daily due to heart diseases and related conditions ranging from high blood pressure, poor circulation and high triglycerides levels. What prevents people from having a healthy heart and how come all the efforts of healthy heart public awareness fall short from accomplishing this goal? Perhaps the healthy heart secrets are much simpler than we have all been made aware of.
Let’s take a look at what plays the most vital part in maintaining a truly healthy heart for life.
First look at your diet! There is no surprise here. A healthy heart diet is believed to be a diet that is low in fats and high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. While this is partially true, the dangerous effects of fructose in our diets are often overlooked pushing us to make wrong dietary choices. Did you know that even too much fruit can contribute to high triglycerides levels in our blood? Since fruit contains fructose it can adversely affect blood glucose and lead to obesity and multiple health problems. A healthy heart is achieved by eating ample amounts of organic raw vegetables, organic meats and moderate intake of fruits and grains of all kinds. Animal derived fats have been portrayed to be absolute evil for our hearts. However, if we do not get enough fats, our bodies can not synthesize hormones, restore cells and maintain a healthy heart in the end. Fats are a necessity in our diet, introduce a variety of vegetable oils like olive, grape seed and flaxseed oils and avoid frying with them. Organic cream and butter should also be added to your diet in moderation. Avoiding hydrogenated fats of all kinds that have become staples in many packaged goods is the key to avoiding clogged arteries.
Exercise. This simple word makes you frown upon…Not again! Have you always thought that we have to run marathons, lift heavy weights and become exercise maniacs to prevent heart disease? This could not be farther from the truth. On the contrary, running on a treadmill for prolonged time intervals, extra strenuous strength building activity and boot camp exercises are actually damaging to our heart in the long run. Our bodies are not designed to maintain aerobic activity for long periods of time. Just look at the examples from the nature. To survive most animals need to run for short bursts of time to catch a prey or escape from predators. Only humans unknowingly run for hours at a time thinking that this is the only way to achieve a healthy heart. Very often we think highly of aerobic activity and completely ignore anaerobic activity that is actually a natural way for our bodies to exercise. Anaerobic activity that actually triggers natural human growth hormone production keeps our heart healthy and contributes to personal rejuvenation. Finally, exercise should not be a chore but rather an enjoyable activity you can look forward to at the beginning of the day, the best time to exercise. Pick a form of exercise that will help unwind your mind and help strengthen your body like Yoga, Pilates, Tai-Chi or walk around scenic landscapes for incredible stress relieving activities. Exercising properly will help prevent many conditions like poor circulation and varicose veins.
Sleep well! Unfortunately, high paced modern society is not conducive to establishing healthy sleep patterns. People work long hours at work, travel overseas and work split shifts that can truly wreck havoc in one’s sleep. Unhealthy lifestyles additionally contribute to lack of sleep and various types of sleep disorders pushing people to resort to dangerous sleeping pills. Getting enough sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy heart, normalizing blood pressure and keeping stress and cholesterol levels in check. We simply can not survive without enough sleep. Going back to the basics is often all we need to reprogram ourselves to go to sleep and wake up as the nature intended for us to do. Following natural rhythms of the Sun is an ideal way to establishing healthy sleep patterns. Keeping stimulants such as alcohol, caffeine and nicotine at a minimum or eliminating them altogether can additionally contribute to healthy sleep.
Health Care. Yes, proper health care! Millions of Americans with high cholesterol levels are continuously put on various forms of statin drugs in hope to lower their cholesterol and triglycerides levels. Statin drugs work by blocking liver cholesterol production. However, statin drugs have very serious side effects, including anemia, muscle disorders, impaired immunity and many more. Cholesterol is not evil but a necessity our bodies use as building blocks for cells, brain function, digestion and healthy heart in the end. In the end, Statin drugs do more harm than good depleting body’s natural levels of coenzyme Q10 that is essential for healthy heart. Healthy diet is the only way to manage bad cholesterol levels naturally without resorting to hazardous drugs.
Stress Management. Utilizing various stress relieving techniques is the key to have a healthy heart for life. You can eat a healthy diet, exercise, never drink or smoke, however, if you do not take care of underlying stress factors, you can significantly damage your heart over time. There are various natural techniques available allowing you to release bottled up stress such as meditation, prayer, journal writing, special breathing exercises and many more. Choosing the type of stress reliever for you that works is important. Organizing your life and relationships can have tremendous de-stressing effects on your health and healthy heart in the end.