But what if your heart could tell you what it needs?
Imagine that your body is an office or a startup. It works really hard every day and gets the job done, no matter what. Every member of this office has a special role to play and everyone does their job perfectly well. And the boss of this office is your heart. Your heart works all day and night without taking a break and ensures that you stay alive, literally.
Your heart is the boss of your cardiovascular system and is accountable for everything that gives your body life — ranging from the transportation of oxygen to the success of your immune system. Yet, when it comes to taking care of the “boss of your body” most people are relaxed and even callous. Call it laziness, ignorance or just plain indifference but your heart needs you to pay attention. Starting from now.
Seriously, if your heart could talk, it would say these 5 things to you:
“Stop Smoking and no excuses, please!”
Inhaling poisonous smoke voluntarily is literally the most damaging thing you do for your heart. Smoking damages the arteries of your heart and raises blood pressure, decreases exercise tolerance and increases the tendency for blood to clot. This puts you at the risk of heart attack and stroke and general ill-health. Still feel like taking a puff?
“Why aren’t you exercising?”
Maybe you work for long hours and your job is really stressful. But the truth is, sitting for long periods is really damaging for your heart and health. And top of that, lack of exercise is making your heart weak ( its a muscle after all) All you need is 30 min for moderate – intensive amount of exercise, that’s all. If you short of time, break it with 15 min sessions, each time.
“You need to calm down!”
Ever wondered why your heart beats super fast when you are stressed or anxious? Because it’s working extra hard for you because the faster your heart beats, the faster it can get more blood and oxygen to your muscles. When you are anxious, the body generates a stress response, also known as fight or flight response). Anxiety or stress ensures the brain releases adrenaline which expedites your breathing and heart rate. Too much adrenaline is not good for your heart health and that’s why you need to consciously learn how to calm down via mediation, slow breathing, affirmations.
“I hate the food you feed me”
The food you eat impacts your heart in more ways than you realise. Think about it: when you wish to lose weight or get flat abs, you stick to a diet of more fruits and vegetables, less salt and fat, right? But have you ever contemplated eating especially to improve your heart health? Your everyday fast food options are loaded with excess calories, fat, salt, refined carbohydrates and cholesterol and consciously works towards making your heart weaker. And your heart hates it and not surprisingly so.
“You are too heavy and it’s hurting me”
The extra weight you are carrying is taking a toll on your heart health. There’s a strong connection between heart disease and obesity because it leads to developing many risk factors for heart disease. Not to forget, it also triggers inflammatory processes that can harm your cardiovascular system, and it can lead to structural or functional changes in the heart itself. Solution? It’s time to shed the extra weight.
These days, poor heart health is no longer an issue faced by the elderly now. People in their 20s and 30s are increasingly struggling with their heart health and there’s a combination of factors to blame for this situation. So its time to pay attention to what your heart is trying to tell you and give it what it needs – so that it can take of you effectively and for a long time.
How do you maintain your heart health? I would love to know some tips!