Take Good Care of Your Heart
Affairs of the heart, my aching heart, a heart throb, heart of my heart – these phrases all refer to an organ composed of special muscle tissue that sits in our chest. Isn’t it interesting that the heart has been deemed the source of our affections?
As we are about to close out American Heart Month, I thought it was time to focus on the heart. While much has been romanticized about the heart, the truth is that the heart is a pump that pushes our blood around the body. The blood must go to the lungs so that the blood can pick up oxygen and then deliver it to all the tissues of the body. While many people think the heart has many functions, it is basically a pump. Keeping the pump working keeps us alive.
The heart requires certain things in order to remain healthy. You have control over many aspects of your heart health. Getting rid of habits and anything that stresses the heart is the first step.
Smoking and caffeine are two major heart stressors.
Smoking causes chemical toxicity, which can lead to improper cell function and destruction of body tissue. Nicotine stresses the body, causes hardening of the arteries which means the heart must work harder to get the blood through the arteries.
Caffeine causes the heart to work too hard which actually weakens the heart muscle. It’s much better to nourish the adrenal glands and get them healthy so you don’t need a caffeine boost.
And then there’s nutrition. The heart is composed of millions of cells that require certain chemicals to survive, grow, and repair. Food breaks down into chemicals that your body uses for all of its processes.
We all have heard about cholesterol and how it causes heart disease. Cholesterol is a naturally occurring substance that is manufactured by the liver to keep blood vessels firm so they won’t collapse. If cholesterol is manufactured in the correct amount, no buildup occurs. However, eating a diet high in sugar, carbohydrates, and saturated fats will increase the likelihood of artery buildup.
One of the worst things you can put into your body is hydrogenated fat. These are oils that have been converted to semisolid through a chemical process. Margarine, as well as fats found in processed foods such as cookies, cakes, crackers and other packaged foods, are most often hydrogenated. These artificial fats can cause heart disease and ill health. One way to keep your heart healthy and fat free is through exercise. Keeping fit through exercise will decrease your chances of heart problems in the future. A healthier heart is as easy as a quick Google of ‘Tennis Lessons Portland‘ or ‘Running Club near me.’
Nutrition and the Heart
Fish oil is a nutritional product that has been shown in many studies to reduce heart disease and death. In a study published in the January 2017 issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, there is evidence that fish oil supplementation and omega-3s may reduce heart problems. 1
Natural omega-3 oil from fish in its purest form has been proven to not only help the heart but also lower blood pressure, quell inflammation, assist with the pains of arthritis, joint pain, and more. You need be certain that the fish you eat or the fish oil supplements you take are from fish that are wild caught and sourced from pristine waters. Fish or fish oil supplements from polluted areas can do more harm than good.
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1. Mayo Clinic Proceedings January 2017Volume 92, Issue 1, Pages 1–3