Humans work hard and so is their heart.  In fact, our human heart never stops working. If heart stops working then we stop. Keeping a healthy heart is very important. It is like maintaining a machine for life long.  Little lifestyle choices are a big deal when it comes to taking care of your heart. From food to physical activity, daily decisions add up. Here are some words that will remind us how to take care of this living machine.

H: Healthy food and Happiness: Healthy and balanced diet can cure many conditions related to Heart. In order to keep healthy heart; consume fresh vegetables like fresh amaranthus, spinach, kale, fenugreek leaves and fresh fruits -grapes, pomegranate, Indian gooseberry, lemon, and jamboo. Include oatmeal, avocado, dry fruits, soy and flax seeds in your diet for better heart. Always stay calm, maintain mental balance by doing meditation, and learn to be happy with what you have.

E: Exercise: Cultivate a habit of exercising minimum 5 days a week. Make time for walk, go to gym, and join yoga, pilates classes. If you like dancing,  join zumba, ballet, bharatanatyam classes. Exercise increases calorie burn rate and keeps heart healthy.

A: Active: Always be active in life. Move around. Do not be a couch potato. If it is summer go out, meet people. In office instead of using lift, take steps to reach your office.  Park the car far away in parking lot and walk that much distance. Instead of continuously sitting on chair in office move around to give papers, copy and printing documents. Being active helps heart to be active and heart likes it.

R: Rest, Refreshing and Routine check up: After an active day get good amount of sleep. Adults need at least 7 hours of sleep. Good sleep reduces hypertension and heart feels refreshed.  If you are above 35 make a habit of going for routine cholesterol level and heart check up.

T: Tomato and treat yourself: Consuming tomato is good for heart. Tomato has an antioxidant namely lycopene. Lycopene is good for heart (hardening of arteries).   Once you start practicing healthy habits for heart then you can treat yourself with dark chocolates! Evidence is building that products of the cacao plant, especially dark chocolate, are good for your heart.  Cardiologist and Everyday Health columnist T. Jared Bunch, MD, recommends that “Dark chocolate should be included in a life plan that includes exercise, eating healthy foods that are largely plant-based, getting adequate sleep, stress reduction, and maintenance of weight “.

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Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: July 21, 2015

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