Ever heard the phrase: Even Healers Need Healing?
While this might sound subjected to a person, here, it is used in a metaphorical sense. Have you ever given a thought on your heart? It is active throughout the day and night and 365 days a year. In fact, there is no stopping to what the heart does.
Pumping blood as well as oxygen to all parts of the body, your heart is apparently the key to your survival. If your heart stops functioning, you will eventually die. Now as much vital this organ is, do you ever take care to keep your heart healthy?
Probably no! And that’s why we are here. Outlining the different heart problems, their cause and ways by which you can prevent them or fight them.
Not all cholesterol is bad cholesterol. In fact, there are two types of cholesterol, HDL and LDL. Where the HDL or the High-density lipoprotein is good cholesterol and a must for your body, the LDL or the Low-density lipoprotein is bad cholesterol and responsible for heart diseases.
Cholesterol is a form of wax-like substance that facilitates, creation of certain hormones and also vitamin D in the body. You need both of the above cholesterol in moderate amounts. Failing either of the above, you are bound to suffer from heart problems
Symptoms: As such, there doesn’t exist any symptom indicating the presence of LDL or the absence of HDL.
Advice: It is best to go for regular checkups or blood tests to identify your cholesterol levels and take measures if it isn’t ideal.
In case, the test results suggest that you have higher levels of cholesterol, here are a few ways you can restore them and balance the level.
- Get into the habit of eating fruits and vegetables. A healthy diet is the best remedy. Whole-grains, leafy vegetables, and low-fat milk are among the ones that help you lose weight and remain healthy.
- Start exercising. It could be anything from yoga to gumming, swimming or a simple 30-minute brisk walk.
- Avoid smoking either directly or passively.
Commonly known as BP, nearly half of the population suffers from blood pressure issues. Where some have high, others have low BP. However, the rate of the former is higher as compared to the latter. It is a situation where the blood is forced against the walls of the artery with high pressure. It is a vital issue and if left uncured, can be the cause of intense health issues (heart attack, memory loss, kidney failure, strokes, etc).
- Severe headache
- Feeling anxious
- Back pain
- Chest discomfort
- Difficult vision
Advice: Never avoid any of the symptoms. Make sure you get your BP measured at the earliest.
If you are suffering from high blood pressure issues, you are bound to take medicines and on a regular basis. Apart from the above, simple changes in your lifestyle can also help lower your blood pressure.
- Meditate: High blood pressure is also called hypertension. It is a known fact that people with stress levels tend to have higher blood pressure. Though you cannot simply stop thinking about a problem, it’s better to get into the habit of meditating. Stay calm for fifteen minutes every day.
- Walk, swim, workout, or dance, anything that keeps you active help fight the repercussions of high blood pressure.
- Limit the total fat intake and add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. You can also include skinless poultry, low-fat dairy, lean meats, beans, and fatty fish like salmon, trout, and herring.
- Restrict the amount of alcohol consumption and also avoid tobacco intake.
- Make sure your BMI is within the normal range.
- Lower the amount of salt you consume every day.
Additional Tips To Keep Your Heart Health
In addition to the above, you need to opt for regular health checkups. Regular monitoring of your diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels help you stay healthy and free from heart problems.
You can keep portable devices at your house to monitor the levels and keep a check on both. The key to healthy living is eating healthy and being fit.
Did you check your BP and Cholesterol levels?