Heart health is not just about your heart.
It’s about your whole life! You are a system. YOUR HEART DOES NOT BEAT IN A VACUUM SOMEWHERE. Heart Health has to do with your whole being. Here’s the deal.
You will agree that heart health is very important. According to the Centers for disease control, and prevention heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and woman in the USA.
Here are a few simple tips you can implement to improve your heart health.
1. Create your free-will again. It will help your heart.
You think you are free, but think deep and you will see that you are addicted to one or all of these things.
Sugar (It is in everything!) – It makes you FAT!
TV – It makes you lazy.
Phone – It pacify’s you.
Caffeine – Lets your heart race and then throws you off.
Alchohol – Too much of it……Need we say more?
Prescription drugs – It must get you through, but can keep you locked-in if misused.
All above-mentioned things can be bad for your heart. You must get free of them to improve your heart health. It will take guts and commitment, and remember, nothing happens in the comfort zone.
2. Eat healthy. It’s your heart fuel.
How much of what when.
If you do not know what healthy food looks like. Educate yourself, because food is not always what you think it is.
If we all know that we must drink more water and eat less(overall), why do we not do it? Because most of the time we think “One day” and not “Day ONE”
All of us can do with more Day ONE starts than One-day dreams.
That’s not all………
3. Get active.
Start with anything but move to something. Start with 10-minute walking but move towards 30 minutes brisk intense walking. Being fit is not only very good for your heart health but also wonderful for your mental health.
Your body is a machine and your heart a miraculous pump, it was made to work, not just idle the whole time.
4. Stay at a healthy weight
One of the ways is by “stop drinking your calories” according to Harvard Health. Cutting out just one sugar-sweetened soda or calorie-laden latte can help you lose 10 pounds in a year.
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Start small on Day ONE and stop thinking of one day something big and spectacular will just happen.
5. Stop smoking and using of stimulants
We all know it, but it is worth saying again. Stop smoking because the chemicals in tobacco smoke harm your blood cells, according to the US National heart, lung and blood institute, and many other studies.
To stop smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve heart health.
Stimulants force a heart to work harder and create a strain on the whole cardiovascular system. Some stimulants that do that are mentioned on www.narcoco.org namely Methamphetamine, Ecstasy, Adderall, Vyvanse, and Khat.
Amphetamines like “speed”, “ecstasy” and “ice” will produce an aging heart.
6. Check your blood pressure.
High blood pressure is not called the silent killer for nothing. Also called hypertension this condition will usually show no symptoms but can cause a heart attack or stroke.
If you take a blood pressure reading before 21, you will always have a baseline to work with throughout your life. But it is never too late to take your baseline reading.
7. Create the right environment.
What do you do in a school? Learn hopefully!
What do you do in a car? Drive.
Create an environment that automatically makes healthy living and a healthy heart easy to manage. According to Benjamin P. Hardy “ In the right environment, desired behavior is automatic” and “almost all human behavior is unconscious – in other words, it is outsourced to a particular environment”
8. Drink alcohol in moderation
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol raises blood pressure and that is not good for you. The use of alcohol can also increase the risk of heart arrhythmia, and binge drinking may cause arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation.
9. Manage Stress
Other risk factors like high cholesterol and high blood pressure will only get worse with stress. Stress on its own can also be a risk factor but more research is needed in this area.
It is more about what stress makes you do. You may smoke more, do less exercise, sleep too little, try to do too many things at once or overeat. Chronic stress elevates the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. This means that your body is on high alert the whole time, ready for the “fight or flight” response. High levels of cortisol from long-term stress is bad for you and can increase blood pressure, triglycerides and blood cholesterol.
10. Think the right thoughts
The first thing to do is to stop the negative or harmful thoughts. One way to do this is to use the thoughtarrest technique.
How you think is how you live. It all starts with your thoughts. Your mind is the incubation place of your actions. All the want to do’s above must first be established in your thoughts.
Don’t procrastinate with heart health, make it a Day ONE thing and not a one-day possibility.
The truth? It’s in YOUR hands.
I AM NOT A DOCTOR OR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL. THIS SITE AIMS TO HELP WITH GAINING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT AFIB. ALWAYS SEEK PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE AND HELP BEFORE YOU TAKE MEDICATION OR CHANGE YOUR MEDICATION.