Your Body Is Your Temple, Your Heart Is Sacred
Lub-dub-lub-dub-lub-dub…we can hear the harmonious heart beat never missing a beat.The heart is not only a symbol of love but it also a symbol of life; it’s the power house of our body. It keeps us moving, jumping, dancing, thinking and going all about our daily lives! Without this mighty organ we would not be able to do all of those things, we would be nothing. Although it stays mighty pumping all of our blood all the way to the tips of our toes, this delicate motor is also needsmaintenance throughout our whole life time.
Welcome to the 21st century! Science and technology is at the tips of your fingers and we can use all the new knowledge to our advantage. Get up from that couch and analyze yourself, you’ll feel like new if you change those habits that are making things a little slow-mo. No matter how old you are there it is never too late to start being heart healthy and to also have that inner peace within yourself. This is not hard; it is now very easy to grasp information on how you can change this. Whether it is from an reading an article, using the computer to a better advantage, grabbing that newspaper, getting some suggestions from your sporty friends or even getting a hint when your dog throws that look at you when you haven’t paid much attention to them. GET POSITIVE & GET GOING!
Now that this paper has gotten some motors running here are some tips on ways you can improve your heart healthy. First of all examine yourself, even though it is hard to pick out one’s self-defects, be true to yourself. Things like smoking tobacco, being overweight, being physically inactive, having diabetes, having unhealthy levels of cholesterol or having a history of heart attacks or heart disease in family members are common risk factors for heart disease.Check with your doctor if you need any help determining your current health.
“You are what you eat”. Make a list of what your usual meals are. Now which of those contain way too many calories, sugars, too artificial like, and have too much caffeine? It’s so easy to eat what you like but most of the times what you like isn’t heart healthy. If you need advice go to a nutritionist or if you have access to the internet there are tons of articles on foods that can improve your heart health. Here are just 4 you can enjoy and are must haves in your fridge and kitchen:
- Yogurt! It sounds quite good to eat right now doesn’t it. This calcium rich food can lower your cholesterol and can also prevent gum disease. Pssssk, gum disease is linked to heart problems! Instead of grabbing some chips or a chocolate bar for a snack why not go to your fridge and grab some yourself some yogurt. It’s good for you and your taste buds.
- Eat whole grains! If you want to be lean and also want to improve your heart health it is important to eat these. Whole grains are special because they contain antioxidants, phytoestrogens and phytosterols which also protect you against a coronary disease.
- If your over 21….whine and alcohol! Remember drink moderately; don’t go drinking all you can with the excuse of “Oh, this will make me less likely to have heart disease”, no remember too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Believe it or not moderate drinking increases estrogen, which protects the heart.
- Water! Drink at least 5 glasses of water a day it has been proven that people that do this reduce their chances of getting a heart attack to 41% than those that only drank 2 glasses of water or less.
Feel motivated and push yourself with the help of your loved ones. Plan a good hikewith your family, take your kids to the park, and take a good walk around the neighborhood with your loyal dog. There are so many endless activities you can do with anyone who cares about your health and if you are concerned about someone’s health too take that new positive side to you and share the wellness with them.
If you want some alone time for yourself it’s all good. Take the time to do some cleanness of the soul. Let’s shed that stress and those worries to help boost the health of your heart. You are a whole, what affects one part of your body affects the rest too. Do some yoga underneath some trees, meditate near a river or even pamper yourself in a spa. This sounds really good huh? It’s ok to be selfish…in a good way sometimes. You need to take care of your mind, body and soul. You will gain a clear mind and peace within yourself; you’ll be a totally new person. If you’re having a very bad day look at all the things you have been blessed with, there’s always someone or something that can make you smile again. BE POSITIVE, for this will also transmit to your environment and others.
Along your journey you might want to go back to the couch and eat buttery popcorn throughout the day, but there is so much more to live for if you step outside from those four walls. Always remember that it’s better to have a healthy heart and a holistic lifestyle so that you can live longer and be for the many things life brings you each day. Your body is your temple, your heart is sacred.
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