Updated: Aug 30, 2019
The heart is one of the most essential organs in the human body, as it pumps the blood to the entire body which is quintessential for other organs to function. None of us willingly would ignore its health, but the chaos of modern lifestyle has forced us to overlook even the signals that our heart often gives us. Our hectic schedules do not allow us to find time to exercise and that is why cardiovascular problems have found their existence in humans, even at a younger age. Every year around 610,000 people die because of heart disease in the United States. In India, heart diseases are the cause of 26% deaths every year, of which 23% occur in youngsters. Looking after your heart is no longer an option but a necessity for survival. If you need to keep your heart healthy you can follow these simple, non-fussy and natural ways.
Drink green tea: Replace your regular black tea with its organic counterpart, and see the magic happening. Green tea is the simplest way to take care of your heart. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that can help a person lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides levels, and improve the overall health of your heart. Green tea has epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG, which prevents the buildup of plaque in the arteries and also helps to boost metabolism, and in maintaining a healthy weight.
Get sound sleep: Not getting enough sleep creates a higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases or coronary heart disease-regardless of a person’s age, weight, smoking/drinking preferences or exercise habits. Not getting enough sleep can activate certain chemicals in our body, that can lead to higher blood pressure during the day and can create a greater chance of cardiovascular problems. So, getting enough sleep is important to keep your heart healthy.
Avoid smoking: Every cigarette that you smoke takes you a step closer to getting a heart attack, and passive smoking is also included in that. People who smoke regularly are two or four times more likely to get a cardiovascular disease. The nicotine present in the cigarettes reduces the amount of oxygen absorbed in the blood, which in turn impacts the blood pressure levels, and speeds up your heart rate that may lead to cardiovascular problems. Avoid smoking, be it active or passive for a healthy heart.
De-stress yourself: Stress is one of the main factors that trigger heart problems. If timely attention is not given to the stress levels, it can lead to emotional, psychological and physical problems. Stress not only impacts the health of the heart but also the brain. Continued and higher levels of stress can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pains, and irregularity in heartbeats. During stressful periods, your body releases adrenaline, a hormone that temporarily causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up and may lead to cardiac arrest sometimes.
Meditation/Exercise: An exercise regime, consisting of cardio and meditation, complemented by a balanced diet really helps in maintaining the health of the heart. Though physical fitness does play an important role, it really needs to be getting the symbiotic support of the mental fitness too. A recent research shows that people who practice meditation are calm and less likely to show symptoms of cardiovascular disease. Meditation decreases the secretion of cortisol, a hormone released in response to stress.
Lifestyle routine plays a very vital role in the overall health of the human body. Making even small changes to the daily routine is the key to living a healthier, and happier life. Medication or modern science may take care of your health issues temporarily, but for a long-term effect embrace the aforementioned habits to protect your heart naturally. It’s about starting, give yourself that required push and you will relish for it forever.