You can do so many things to keep your heart healthy and it's the right thing to do! It's the body’s power station! Supplements might just be for you!
The majority of us are born lucky. That’s because the majority of us are born with relatively good health; not everyone is, of course, but the majority of us are. The deal then is that it’s up to us to protect that good health throughout our lives by making the correct choices in the lifestyle we lead, what we eat and drink and what we do and don’t put into our bodies.
One of the key parts of the body we should all aim to look after as best we possibly can is our heart. The engine room of the body, the heart is responsible for pumping blood around it, carrying food-rich oxygen and nutrients to and from organs and every other part of the body. If our hearts aren’t healthy, it can have a hugely detrimental effect on our overall health, our quality of life and how many years we get to live on this planet.
For instance, if you find yourself diagnosed with a problem like high blood pressure or high cholesterol, it must act as a wake-up call. It’s imperative for your heart and your health to make lifestyle and probably dietary changes – after all, who wants to give themselves heart disease or even a stroke? The good news, though, is that by making some relatively simple alterations you can hopefully avoid such a diagnosis and radical changes in the short - to medium-term future.
Healthy heart steps
Research suggests that the following steps – when taken all together – are very effective at keeping your heart healthy:
Lose Weight or Keep a Healthy Weight
A frighteningly large number of people in the Western world are either overweight or obese and that number’s ever growing (it’s believed the number’s ever growing (it’s believed the number’s as high as 60-70% among American adults); an unnatural weight strains the body as it puts real pressure on the heart. But to lose weight requires a simple aim: consume fewer calories than you burn.
The key here is to get good nutrition; in many cases that usually means lean meats, fish, poultry, brightly coloured fruits and vegetables, fibre-rich grains and low-fat dairy products, because these are the foods that enable your body to create the cells to maintain good health and fight infections and illness.
Because our bodies are designed to be physically active for the majority of our lives, lack of activity can lead to cardiovascular disease; it’s recommended that we engage in at least 150 minutes of vigorous to moderate physical activity each week and aerobic activity for the same amount of time each week.
Control Your Blood Pressure
There’s no one single cause or indeed symptom of high blood pressure (or hypertension). But poor diet, excess weight, inactivity, stress, alcohol and smoking can all contribute. For that reason, it’s often referred to as the ‘silent killer’, as it can seriously harm arteries and organs all over the body.
Manage Your Blood Sugar Levels
If your blood sugar levels are too high, it may damage your kidneys, eyes and nerves as well as your heart. It could also lead to developing diabetes or be devastating if you already have diabetes; equally, you should make sure your blood sugar levels don’t become too low.
Surely everyone knows this is easier said than done owing to the addictiveness of the nicotine in tobacco. But health-wise it’s in every smoker’s interest to try and quit. In addition to the well-known harm smoking can do the lungs, it also sees fatty substances develop in the arteries (atherosclerosis), which can lead to peripheral artery disease, heightens the risk of coronary heart disease and, thanks to nicotine, increases blood pressure and heart rate.
And don’t forget cholesterol – that is, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, whose level, if too high in the body, can also lead to atherosclerosis.
What about supplements?
Something else you may consider to help maintain – or improve – your heart’s condition are supplements. The following heart health supplements are available through and highly recommended by The Finchley Clinic:
Alpha (90 vegicaps and 30 vegicaps)
Containing alpha lipoic acid and acetyl l carnitine, this supplement’s cardioprotective, ensuring it’s great for general heart health, aids in the balancing of blood sugar levels and may prove helpful during a weight loss programme.
A fish oil originating from anchovies and sardines and flavoured with natural orange oil, it helps maintain good heart health thanks to containing both eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Cardio Heart Nutrients (120 vegicaps and 30 vegicaps)
Supports a healthy heart and circulation owing to ingredients including Coenzyme Q10, folic acid, tri-methyl glycine (TMG), arginine, bromelain and Vitamins B6, B12 and E.
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