Health

Heart Disease

November 17th, 2013 by

heartCardiovascular disease is the world’s biggest killer.

Your heart is the hardest working organ in the body and it doesn’t get a break throughout your entire lifetime. You need to support it, because without the required nutrients and help it will not be able to do its job properly and keep you ticking over.

A modern lifestyle of stress, fast food, lack of nutrients and weight gain will begin to take its toll. Don’t end your life with a broken heart…

Your heart requires clean open tubes to deliver its vital source of oxygen and its downfall is when these tubes become blocked – which is the main cause of heart failure.

To keep your arteries clean and functioning effectively, poly-unsaturated fatty acids help to lower triglyceride levels and keep a healthy balance of good cholesterol to bad. Omega 3 fatty acids also act as anti-coagulants which may help to prevent blood clotting. Other evidence is accumulating that these fatty acids may be effective at helping to lower high blood pressure. Oily fish including salmon, mackerel and sardines is a rich source of omega 3. Try to have 2/3 portions a week.

The heart’s artery walls are made up of collagen. Vitamin C helps to manufacture collagen, so a diet rich in vitamin C is a good way to help protect the integrity of your arteries. Some of the richest sources include watercress, berries, peppers, broccoli, spinach and kale.

Antioxidants are needed to battle the free radicals which endanger the health of your heart and its complex tube networks. Green tea is brimming with antioxidant flavanoids which are credited for their heart friendly qualities. Frequently sipping green tea will not only help to protect your heart but will assist in reaching (and keeping) your healthy weight, which is another integral part of the heart protection puzzle. Dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) contain antioxidant riches to reach for – but not too much – just a couple of squares a day. Blueberries, goji berries and prunes all have incredibly high levels of antioxidants.

Exercise is another important factor to consider. Engaging in cardiovascular activity a few times a week is recommended to keep your heart strong and ticking over. Power walking, interval training and swimming are all great examples.

Stress relief is a major consideration for heart health. Stress management comes in a many different forms, depending on your individual preference. Yoga and meditation are widely considered as top stress busters, but you cannot deny the simple stress relieving ability of getting plenty of sleep, eating a clean and colourful diet, and making time for friends and favourite past-times.

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