The heart is considered the most important organ in our body next to our brains. The heart is responsible for getting the blood into the different parts of our body so they can transport the nutrients and vitamins in them to the cells and other organs that need them. If the heart develops complications, it affects its ability to pump blood to the organs needing them.
The blood vessels are a major factor in the health of the heart. Complications and problems in the heart arise mostly from substances that are in the blood which somehow find their way and stick into the blood vessels’ walls. That’s how high blood pressure arises: fat deposits from fat molecules in the blood stick to the arterial walls as residue. If you have too much fat in your body, then the chances are high of fat accumulating in the arterial walls and constricting the passage of blood. To compensate, the heart pumps harder thus increasing blood pressure.
Heart blood pressure is not the only thing you could get from having a sick heart. It can lead other complications such as a higher risk for heart attack and many others. Thus, it is important to keep your healthy and you can do so by following all seven suggestions:
1. Maintain a low-calorie diet. Calories are responsible for accumulating fat in the body. To keep fat from becoming too much in the body, take only what calories you need. Do not over-eat or consume foods with too much calorie content.
2. Exercise often. Exercise burns up the fats in our bodies to produce the energy we need for what we are doing. Thus, it doesn’t hurt to break a sweat every now and then. Make sure you don’t overdo yourself, however, as it may lead to other problems.
3. Eat a diet rich in fiber. Fibers are essential for keeping the heart healthy. These are substances that, when found in the bloodstream, can absorb all those fats and cholesterol that have been deposited in the arterial walls. A good source of fiber is a bowl of oat meal, which should be taken every morning for breakfast.
4. Avoid stress. Aside from the food we eat, stress also plays a major part in eating away at the heart’s health. When we are stressed, our bodies send signals for the heart to pump blood faster. Stress also leads to depression, which are sometimes expressed by eating. Stress can be avoided through stress therapy, having a productive hobby and taking meditative exercises.
5. Get enough rest. Rest is also important. The heart is a muscle, and, just like muscles, it can get overworked. Resting means the heart beats slower than usual, which means it is resting as well.
6. Visit a cardiologist often. Prevention is always better than cure. Regular visits to the cardiologist will spot problems that you cannot otherwise see on your own and thus can be treated before they escalate into something serious.
7. Think positive. Nothing beats keeping the heart healthy than thinking positive. Thinking positive avoids all other non-food related problems of the heart, like depression and stress. Most of all, thinking positive keeps the whole body healthy as well.
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