Researches confirm an epidemic of heart diseases and its major risk factors (high blood pressure, bad cholesterol (LDL), obesity, stress and diabetes).
The good news… Heart disease can be prevented.
To Ayurveda, the heart is not just a muscle, but the seat of “Prana”, the body’s life force and also the seat of “Ojas” the subtlest essence and force from digestion process, that sustains bliss, contentment, vitality and longevity.
Therapeutic holistic approach can be a very beneficial alternative along with traditional medicine, which includes balanced diet, mind and emotions.
- Here are some tips to have a healthy heart:
-Reduce Mental Stress: Emotions and the way you face problems are directly connected to heart diseases. So, it is very important to balance your mind. Meditation, Pranayama (yogic breathing exercises) and relaxing activities showed a reduction of “metabolic syndrome”, and normalized some functions in the endocrine and cardiovascular systems.
-Quit smoking: Tobacco increases at double the risk of heart attack and affects almost all organs of the body, especially the blood vessels and the proper functioning of the heart. This is one of the main factors of heart disease and also affects passive smokers, which breathe the same air around. Therefore, the best action is to ban smoking from your life.
-Healthy diet: Eating whole and fresh foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains is excellent to maintain a healthy heart. Avoid some processed food, which contain chemicals, too much sodium, lots of preservatives and “bad fat” such as “hydrogenated vegetable oil” or Tran’s fats. Read the labels of the packs and the ingredients list to learn more about what you are eating. The first ingredient is the greater amount and the list follows in descending order. For instance, if “sugar” is the first on the list it means that it has LOTS of sugar in the product and you should avoid or eat just a small amount of that.
-Cleanse Impurities: When digestion is weak, it creates a toxin called “Ama”, which produces bad cholesterol (LDL) and builds up plaques in the arteries. That’s why it is important the proper elimination in good bowel habits and also deep cleaning by Panchakarma Therapies and health diet. Dietary Cleanse and Detox Program are very beneficial.
-Exercise: Move your body. It was made for movement and not for sedentary lifestyle. Choose an activity that pleases you such as walking, running, biking, swimming, working out or any other exercise. Practice anything that will also bring peace and pleasure. Yoga is an excellent option.
-Good Sleep: Lack of sleep can contribute to hypertension, mind confusion, low immunity, obesity and depression. Sleep 5 to 8 hours a day in regular times. Ayurveda recommends different times depending on each Dosha (Body type), such as: longer for Vata, medium for Pitta and less sleeping time for Kapha, which tends to lethargy.
To achieve healthy life style, also try to develop the pleasure of being alive. If you find moments in your day to practice a hobby and activities that make you happy, your heart will certainly thank you!