Change your life by treating your heart right

Change your life by treating your heart right
By: Michael Sutryk

Some might think leading cause of death are auto accidents, cancer, a drug overdose, suicide or simply being the victim of a crime. The leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease and it deserves your attention. However, that is not true and so heart disease may be underestimated by many of you reading this essay. However, it is not too late; there are many lifestyle changes you can make for heart health and holistic well being. First and foremost you can begin to eat the right foods and exercise regularly. Secondly you can monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol. Thirdly, you can remove depression if it exists and research heart healthy supplements. A healthy heart can mean a longer life and a better quality of life.

You will see that diet and exercise are widely used as a device to control many health problems a human being may be faced with. Diet and exercise are the best known things you can do for complete health, especially heart health, while abstaining from unhealthy things like smoking, drinking, or using any drugs that may cause harm to your health. You should start by taking a brisk 10-minute walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week and eating a healthy diet that is low in salt, low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol and rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. Overall, there are 247 risk factors that can damage the heart, injuring the lining of the blood vessels such as: air pollution, food additives, gasoline fumes, or tobacco. Not only does diet and exercise promote a healthy heart, they also help lower both your blood pressure and cholesterol in turn reducing your risk of heart disease.

More than 73 million Americans have high blood pressure (hypertension), which can put great stress on the heart. Hypertension can occur at any age and if you are African-American, middle-aged or older, and anyone with Type 2 diabetes, gout, obesity, or kidney disease you are more likely to be affected. You should check your blood pressure regularly and aim for readings under 120 (systolic) and under 80 (diastolic). A reading of 140/90 or above marks hypertension. For many people, reducing salt intake can lower blood pressure but don’t forget to eat the right foods and exercise. Avoiding alcohol and reducing consumption of caffeine and sugar can also help.

Next if you don’t have full control of your cholesterol you need to start now. You can get back control starting with regular exercise and eating the right foods to combat the high levels of cholesterol in your blood. A vegetarian diet is a great diet to be using to lower your cholesterol levels. Increasing your HDLs and lowering your LDLs should help to get your cholesterol levels under control. Regular exercise helps to lower cholesterol and it also creates endorphins that boost mood which brings me to my next suggestion to support heart health.

Heart disease can begin when you are a young adult since depression has been linked to both high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, including heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Depression appears to produce a thickening of cardiovascular tissue, a risk factor for heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency has been found to be a preventable cause of both depression and heart disease and can be treated using Krill Oil, a great Omega-3 supplement. There are a number of other heart healthy holistic supplements and
therapies and I will suggest a few ways to discover them using the resources you may have available.

The next thing you can do to support a healthy heart without pharmaceutical drugs is to research heart healthy supplements. You may have to research cholesterol lowering supplements, supplements used to lower blood pressure, and supplements used to treat depression since they are all linked to heart health. You can do this thru reading magazine articles, using search engines on the internet, reserving books at the library, visiting a bookstore to search out books on heart health the holistic way, thumbing thru the yellow pages for local holistic doctors and simply giving them a call or setting up an appointment.

Treat yourself right and that includes your heart. Your heart is your source to life and without it working you will not live. Please remember that heart disease can develop from a number of other ailments so be sure to treat each ailment individually to reach maximum heart health. Heart disease is not the only disease that affects your heart but I believe it to be the most important due it being the largest killer in the United States and I hope you do not underestimate the effects of an unhealthy heart.


Taste for Life magazine article (Pub. Feb. 1, 2012) (Updated Sept. 10, 2012) found at