As the leading cause of death in America, cardiovascular disease is a serious matter. Quite literally, it is a matter of the heart. Here are 9 ways to keep your heart pumping and operating at its best.
Cardiovascular disease is any form of imbalance within the heart, affecting its production and role within the body. Often an ugly yet treatable beast, cardiovascular disease can manifest in many different ways. Some of these are:
Heart disease is common in people with diabetes. According to WebMD, “Data from the National Heart Association from 2012 shows 65% of people with diabetes will die from some sort of heart disease or stroke. In general, the risk of heart disease death and stroke are twice as high in people with diabetes.
While all people with diabetes have an increased chance of developing heart disease, the condition is more common in those with type 2 diabetes. In fact, heart disease is the number one cause of death among people with type 2 diabetes.”
While it cannot be stressed enough, eating well is a vital step in taking care of your heart. This doesn’t mean that you have to cut out all sweets and pleasantries (unless instructed by your doctor to do so), but you do need to have your food intake under control. Diabetes is a direct result of a poor, unmanaged diet. Foods high in cholesterol, sodium, and sugar all have the potential to disrupt the heart’s operation. Try meal prepping, or hiring a nutritionist if you feel overwhelmed in planning your meals, as you will see a great increase in your quality of life. Foods to Avoid:
Even the heart needs its breaks. While it never really stops working, rest is crucial in taking care of it. A normal heart rate is between 60-100 beat per minute. This number decreases drastically while sleeping. Throughout our nightly sleep, the body goes through a number of cycles. These cycles allow certain parts of the heart to take a break, as its role requires less work while unconscious. If the body is deprived of sleep, the heart must work harder and harder in order to pump blood throughout. For sleep, 7-9 hours is optimal for many. Make sure you get your rest, to keep your heart at its best.
With the help of a medical professional, there are many custom-made cleanses suited just for your heart. No two bodies are the same, and this fact alone means we should figure out how ours work, respectively. The biology of our bodies shapes everything from how we feel, how we perceive life, and how well our heartbeats. Cleanses take a healthy eating regimen up a level as they kick-start the metabolism into overdrive, and clean the body if its toxins. Beware, there are plenty of “Doctor-advised” cleanses in the market. It is suggested that cleanses be done on days off from work, or weekends where you have access to a restroom and allow your body to dispose of junk that weighs you down.
Nearly a quarter of all deaths in America are heart-related. If depression is a manifestation of the mind, it and many other diseases can be managed with a great workout regimen – the heart included. Some of the benefits the heart will see from working out are:
Foolishly viewed as the same, sympathy and empathy are very different. Sympathy can be viewed as feeling sorry or carrying pity. Empathy is when you put yourself in another’s shoes and see life through their eyes. This is very hard for many to do. If you ask a man if he would rather be pitied or understood, this is a no-brainer. Practicing empathy by listening to soulful music, expanding your creativity, or donating your time to a charitable cause are all amazing ways to take care of your heart with no doctor or medicine needed. Of course, you may need to add other factors in the nourishment of your heart, but the little things will keep you in a state of compassion and love for life.
It is true; you cannot give water from an empty cup. The Africans have a proverb that reads: “If there is no enemy on the inside, the enemy on the outside cannot hurt you.” In other words, starting with the self is indeed the best way to take care of others. To first develop the courage to have self-love and take care of our bodies is foreign to many people, especially America. Indulging in whatever we want, whenever we want is not a sign of self-love but rather the ego denying what’s good for the heart. Check in with yourself and practice self-love to live the life you have always dreamed – your heart will thank you for it in the long run.