Love your heart

On the yoga blog, Flexiladies yoga, we have been looking at the ways in which yoga can boost heart health http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/how-yoga-boosts-heart-health.html

Here we will look into some other ways you can look after your heart.

  • Exercise - exercise works the heart muscle maintaining heart strength.  If you exercise it is also more likely that you will maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Give up smoking which damages the lining of your arteries making it more likely that plaques of cholesterol will stick to them.  Smoking also reduces oxygen supply to the body meaning that your body has to work harder to supply the body with the oxygen it needs.
  • Eat healthily - we have already discussed how the Mediterranean diet is good for cardiovascular health.  If you are a vegan base your diet on fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, lentils, beans, soya protein, nuts and seeds.  Avoid transfats and hydrogeated fats found in processed foods.  Make sure your diet includes omega 3s.  If you are not a vegetarian or vegan this means including oily fish in your diet.  For vegetarians and vegans please read http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/where-do-vegans-get-their-omega-3s-from.html
  • Try a garlic supplement if you do not like to eat garlic.  Garlic is scientifically proven to help reduce 'hardening of the arteries' and lower blood pressure according to WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-300-garlic.aspx?activeingredientid=300&activeingredientname=garlic
  • Reduce stress which impacts on heart health.  See http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/reduce-stress-increase-wellbeing.html
  • While a little red wine may be beneficial to heart health, it is important to be moderate in your alcohol consumption as too much can lead to high blood pressure and cause abnormal heart rhythms.  For men this means 3-4 units of alcohol per day, women 2-3 units.  Personally, I think your body is better without any alcohol.  The same benefits can be gained from drinking red grape juice as an alternative to wine.
  • Reduce salt which can lead to high blood pressure.  When blood pressure is high, arteries walls are at risk from damage and where artery walls are damaged this could lead to plaques being deposited on the walls.  These plaques may eventually lead to a blocked artery.


Be healthy, be happy
Janet x

Article Copyright © 2015 40plusandalliswell

No comments:

Post a Comment