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Becca Scott   
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
 Bless Your Heart with these Six GiftsHeart disease remains one of the western world’s number one killers. Every year it claims the lives of 910,000 Americans, whilst in South Africa it is estimated that over 500 people a day die as a result of this disease.
 
But despite the statistics recent studies have shown most people aren’t taking the likelihood of developing heart disease as seriously as they should. And that’s a shame because with just a little difference in the choices we make each day we can show how much we love our hearts, and help keep them operating for years to come.

Here we look at six ways to help keep your heart as healthy as possible.


1. Just Say Yes to Low Fat Foods

If you enjoy eating fatty, fried and processed foods on a consistent basis then just say no in future. If you did nothing else but got these out of your diet completely then you’d be doing your whole body a large favor. Include a well balanced diet of vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and low fat dairy products. If you eat foods that are low in cholesterol, and low in saturated fat then you will reduce your blood pressure if it’s too high.


2. Be Heart Smart with Tomatoes


Tomatoes are composed of a substance known as lycopene that is beneficial to the heart. Eating tomatoes as a regular part of your diet can reduce your systolic blood pressure by as many as 10 points and your diastolic pressure by four points. Tomatoes are good in general but you can receive the most benefit from the lycopene when the tomatoes are cooked as opposed to eaten raw.


3. Get Physical with Your Activities

The heart is the hardest working muscle in the body and it needs plenty of exercise to remain strong! Aerobic exercise is the most effective. This includes such activities as walking, dancing, biking and swimming. Exercise on a daily basis and try different forms of exercise to stave off boredom and keep yourself motivated. For example, you might want to take daily walks, work out at the gym a few times a week and then go for a bicycle ride with the family on the weekends.


4. Seafood is Good Food

 
Fish has been called brain food but it is also heart smart food as well! A diet rich in fish and/or fish oils is good for health in general but it can also reduce your chance of heart disease by as much as 10 times. Some of the best choices of fish include salmon, tuna, halibut, mackerel and sardines. Be aware however that some types of fish are high in mercury so choose your fish carefully. If you’re not a fan of fish then substitute with fish oil.


5. Take Time for Your Daily Allowance of Sleep


There is a tremendous amount of people who get up and go to work every day who are sleep deprived. A restless night with little sleep is one thing but repeatedly missing out on your seven to eight hours is a recipe for future problems. A lack of sleep can deplete your energy levels, decrease your reaction time and make it difficult to focus at work – its bad news for your heart as well. Being deprived of sleep can increase your risk of falling victim to heart disease by as much as 40 percent. And a constant lack of sleep can wear down the immune and nervous systems. This can lead to a greater amount level of stress which in turn is also a risk factor in developing heart disease.


6. Get into a Position of Peace with Yoga


Yoga is a discipline that has made its way into the Western world for good reason - it works wonders for stress, provides relaxation, improves balance and is good for the heart. The exercises performed during yoga are referred to as asanas. These exercises involve stretching joints and muscles and then holding the body still in a variety of positions.
While yoga is being practiced, tension and tightness in the body is released, thereby allowing the body to relax and the mind to become more at peace.


You have only one heart and it’s yours for life so treat it like it deserves to be treated- extra, extra special! To have the healthiest heart possible, incorporate all of these seven gifts into your daily life and then be thankful for every beat that your heart gives you.

Becca Scott writes extensively about hypnosis and alternative health topics. Becca is currently investigating Alternative Health Therapy and Remedies and you can read how to get and stay healthy with her secrets at http://alternativehealthfortoday.wordpress.com
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