Be Active and start protecting your Heart and extend your life count.
We all are aware of the engine that powers our body… Yes its The Heart. It pumps blood around the body in arteries and returning it in veins.
Heart has also been considered the source of emotion, courage and wisdom.But growing up we all forget to take care of such an important part of our body. We tend to ignore all the signs that our body gives before we move on to a more vulnerable stage and end rest of our life depending on medications.
Let us take step forward to lower risk of various diseases of the heart. This indeed is such a vast topic that limits coverage in this article. My aim is to create an awareness in people to start taking care of their heart.
Below are few of the heart conditions that are commonly found in most people.
- High Blood Pressure (BP)
- Coronary artery disease (CAD)
High Blood Pressure: It means that your blood pressure is constantly higher than the recommended level. High blood pressure increases your chance of having heart disease or stroke.
Coronary artery disease (CAD): It is caused by plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries.Plaque is made up of deposits of cholesterol and other substances in the artery. Physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, intake of drugs are the major risk factors for CAD. A family history of heart disease also increases your risk for CAD. CAD can be diagnosed by doctors using various methods like EKG, stress test, coronary artery calcium scan etc
Let’s take a step forward Now….
Start incorporating these few Lifestyle changes to avoid any further damage to our Heart.
- Keep your meals diverse. Build Meal plan for your family that contain proper portions of vegetables, fruit and whole grains for a wide range of essential nutrients and fiber.
- Avoid skipping meals as it leads to our body to need fast fuel and we tend to grab sugary snacks.
- Slice fresh fruit for your breakfast, blend frozen fruit into plain yogurt for a smoothie. For easy snacking, Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter.
Limit intake of sodium, which is found primarily in processed foods. Avoid salty foods specially during dinner as they can trigger craving for sweets.
Regular Physical Activity – Make it a part of your lifestyle. It will help to lower the blood pressure and assist your body to control stress and weight.
Dehydration can cause cravings. Break your sugar addiction. End your meals with fruit instead of a sweet dessert.
Limit the Alcohol/Caffiene intake as it messes with our cortisol levels. If you are already facing addiction issues then you may slowly reduce the intake, in phases if you are unable to stop it immediately.
Monitor your cholestrol levels. Cholesterol travels in your blood bundled up in packets called lipoproteins. Cholestrol buildup in arteries can block blood vessels increasing risk to get stroke.