Your heart is more than just a pumping organ. It serves as the cradle of emotions and feelings which greatly affect your whole being. But that’s not all. The heart is also the center of the many health-related matters that when neglected can be totally dangerous.
Taking care of the heart is a must. But, let me ask you this: how knowledgeable are you when it comes to tips on how to protect this very sensitive organ?
We often hear that fatty foods, alcohol, stress and smoking are all bad for the heart. They can add to the many heart-related diseases so it’s advised to avoid them. Well… that makes us thinking: what else can we do to protect our heart?
Well, hey, there are great tips available. You’ll be amazed on how amazing of them are. So, without further ado, here are unusual tips on how you can protect your heart:
Take enough relaxation and sleep –Mind-body techniques such as meditation, yoga, and visualization are all good for the heart. If you’re an outdoor person, it’s also advised to take a vacation or travel once in a while… Whatever relaxes you is good for your heart. Do you write, draw, color, and enjoy other crafts? Do them and you’ll find relaxation in them. Sleeping and resting is another great way to boost your energy level. The best sleep is at night for at least 7-8 hours. Best if you’ll be asleep from 11 PM to 3 AM, because this is the time the liver exerts its regenerating powers. So, don’t stay up too late!
Put plants in your home – In a NASA study, it was revealed that household plants can help remove toxins in the environment. That’s why it will be good if you place a few plants inside your house. They can contribute to the give and take relationship of carbon dioxide and oxygen between plants and humans. For me, they are also pleasing to view and make them environment green which is very relaxing
Floss and brush your teeth – Do you know that there are studies showing that gum diseases are associated with heart disease and may reduce your lifespan by 3 years? Geez! That seems hard to believe but that is true. It is deemed that inflammation of the gums is related to inflammation of the heart arteries. Oral infections can also cause risks on heart valves to get infected. As obvious as it is, oral hygiene is very important. Brush your teeth twice or thrice a day. Use a tongue cleaner, too. And don’t forget to floss at least once a day.
Try doing nasal breathing – Do you know that for more than 2,000 years, Chinese people have been practicing the benefits of proper breathing – inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth? It shows that nasal breathing stimulates the production of nitrous oxide, which is a beneficial gas that dilates the blood vessels of the body. So it’s excellent for the lungs and the heart. Try deep and slow nasal breathing several times in the morning and at night. In addition, you can use your belly or diaphragm to breath in (expand your waistline as you breath), and not your chest. You can have in more oxygen this way. This technique is also good whenever you are stressed. It’s beneficial for the heart and helps increase the oxygen in your blood by 99%.
Have a pet dog – Research shows that dogs give great benefits to sick people (amazing!) Dogs are great companion to pet owners. The happiness brought by pets (especially dogs) boost positivity in mind of the owner and helps in recovering faster from diseases.
Be with friends who are happy and supportive– Studies found out that having a conversation with a supportive friend for an hour is as effective as taking a tablet of pain reliever. Wow! That’s amazing! (That’s a newly-discovered not expensive treatment, huh?) Supportive friends can lower your stress level by up to 90%. So, find and to invest time to have good friends. That’s for sure, one of the best decisions you can make.
Laugh 15 minutes (or more) a day – As always, laughter is the best medicine. A study from the University of California Irvine College of Medicine shows that after watching a funny video, the viewers’ mood improved dramatically. Depression, anger , and other negative emotions lowered down by 98%, fatigue dropped by 87%, and tension was reduced by 61%. So, what happens in our bodies when we laugh? Remember the happy hormones? The level of stress hormones called cortisol decreases and the good hormones known as endorphins increases. Endorphins are capable in making you happy and aid in boosting your immune system.
Be charitable – The healthiest mind and body are those in genuine peace and happiness. To achieve this, you need to be kind and generous. Be charitable. Doing good deeds every day can help you live happier and longer. Charitable people who have suffered a heart attack tend to live longer compared to other patients who are not as charitable. Perhaps, this is because charitable people have more social support. Helpful people who volunteered and helped others had higher levels of happiness, self-esteem and better physical health.
Love and stay in love – Gerontology professor Dr. David Demko believes that being in love can lengthens one’s life by as much as 7 years. Wonderful, isn’t it? Couples with close relationships are happier compared to single people living alone. (Uh-oh!) But if you’re single, having a close friend, a pet or a hobby can be a best option. You need to have that feeling of security and love so that your heart can be in good condition, too. It’s a great feeling to love and be loved so don’t be afraid to be with someone who can make you feel secured and valued.
Have sex (if your doctor allows it) –Studies reveal that healthy men who have sex 3 times a week can lessen the risk for a heart attack or stroke. On the other hand, women who enjoy sex also tend to live longer than those who don’t. Sex is more than just an erotic activity; it can make one feel good and happy. It’s also good exercise for the heart. How does a person know if he or she is strong enough for sex? One simple test is to climb 2 flights of stairs. If you can do this without being short of breath, then you are safe to have sex. Of course, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor to make sure you’ll good to do it.
Eat two bananas a day – One of the healthiest fruits, bananas contain potassium, which is an important mineral needed to regulate water balance, acidity level and blood pressure of the body. Lack of potassium may cause muscle weakness and irregular heartbeat. Remember also that bananas have zero sodium (good for high blood pressure) and zero fat and cholesterol (good for those with high cholesterol). Bananas also have tryptophan, which makes you feel happier. Two bananas a day will keep your doctors away.
As a final note: love your heart, love your life! For comments, add them below.