Keeping Up With Your Heart

 

At an average of 70 beats per minute, keeping up with your heart doesn’t sound like an easy task. The truth is that it may be not always be the easiest task, but it is definitely one of the most important if not the most important thing you can do for your body. It makes sense when you consider the fact that the heart is our energetic center and the very organ that keeps us moving, living, and thriving. Today I’m going to share with you a few things you can do to stay on top of your heart health and live long and strong. 

The first key to having a strong heart is going to sound a little out of the ordinary and is often overlooked. Traditional western medicine wouldn’t even address this area, but when it comes to eastern medicine, this would be the first place we’d start. The key is to learn to love and grow that love. Whether it be love for others, love for yourself, love for your dog, or just love for life in general, love truly comes from the heart and this is where we feel it. Ever heard the expression “That warms my heart!” We’ll that’s exactly what we’re going to do here…warm the heart. No one wants a cold heart right? How do you love exactly? There are infinitely different ways to love, to be loved, and to show your love. I find that the easiest way I can let love into my heart and move in that direction is to be thankful for the gifts that I have been given in this world. Start simple with the meal that’s in front of you, the breath your breathing, or the activities you have the blessing of doing. Think about your mother and father, brothers and sisters, the roof over your head, or the bed under you at night. There are many things that we can all be thankful for in each moment, and just to take notice gives us that warm fuzzy feeling each time. 

The second key to having a strong heart is going to exercise. Simply put, get the blood flowing through your heart and it will naturally cleanse itself. Also, the heart being a muscle, is strengthened when it get’s some use. If your lifestyle is sedentary, make sure to start slow with walking or stretching, but with just a few minutes, the heart speeds up and gets excited. Because it feels like it’s done some work, you’ll find it relaxes a lot more when it’s not working out. Your blood pressure and resting heart rate will drop while you get into shape. 

The third key is stress management. When we stress, our heart stresses. There are many different sources of stress so it can sometime be difficult to pinpoint exactly where it may be coming from. The easiest way that I find is to make a list of things that stress you during the day and from that point find different ways to cope with them. Using a biofeedback device such as The LIFE System or The Avazzia has benefited me tremendously on my journey to be at a low stress lifestyle, and I would recommend them to anyone. 

The fourth key is to lose the weight, or in some cases gain the weight. When we think about how small our heart is, we realize that little guy has to push blood a long ways. When we have excess weight stored on our bodies, it has to go even further and work even harder. Losing weight will not only make you feel better and look better, but your heart will thank you every day. A few of my favorite options for people actually wanting to lose the weight instead of diet for the rest of their lives would be Ideal Protein and The hCG Drop. In some cases, being to skinny can put a ton of excess pressure on your heart. If we don’t have fat stores and food to get energy from our body will begin to pull nutrients from our tissue, which can be a very dangerous thing. If you think this might be you make sure to do a BMI test, hold off on exercise, and begin a weight gaining routine to get your heart back up to where it wants to be. 

The fifth key is to add some healthy fats to your diet. I know we’ve been conditioned to think fat is bad and will make us all fat. In some cases that might be true, but most of the time, it’s not. In fact, some of the healthiest people I’ve ever met eat a diet very high in fat. The trick is the source of the fats. We want a diet high in unsaturated fats. While a diet high in saturated fat will lead to high cholesterol, unsaturated fats will help you heart and keep the pumps oiled up. Some great sources of unsaturated fats would be avocados, olive oil, and any type of nut. 

The sixth key…if you smoke or are taking drugs, quit as soon as possible. If your heart had hands, it would take these away from you and throw them in the trash. Fortunately, you do have hands, so if there’s anything you can do for heart, do that. Drugs, whether they be stimulants or depressants, are possibly the most damaging thing you can do to your heart. 

I wish everyone a hearty and fulfilling life. Don’t miss a beat!

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