The heart is the machine that keeps the body going. Unlike the other muscles in our body, it never really seems to get tired, which is something for w
The heart is the machine that keeps the body going. Unlike the other muscles in our body, it never really seems to get tired, which is something for which we should really be thanking it. However, the heart does take the strain when we do not care for it properly. With limited exercise and a poor diet, the heart struggles to pump blood around the body leading to cardiovascular disease, problems with blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and even a stroke or a heart attack.
Nobody wants to get to the point where their heart just gives up because it can no longer take the strain. Instead, try these few tips to improving your heart health to keep that happy heart beating for many years to come.
Not everyone feels they have the capacity to jog around the block, but walking helps to get the body working effectively, and the blood pumping. This small bit of exercise, even if it consists of one 10-minute-walk a day, will help to open up the blood vessels and clear out any blockages that are straining the heart.
Strangely enough being in the sunlight helps the heart. This is because sunlight boosts the production of nitric oxide in the body, which helps to dilate the blood vessels, lowering the blood pressure. This makes it easier for the heart to pump blood around the body, getting the other organs functioning correctly to move any blockages and clear out toxins.
- Get On Your Bike
Whether you only have access to a static bike in the gym or you have your own mountain bike you can hop on, riding really helps the arteries. It works the arteries out to create flexibility which makes it far easier for the blood to pump around the body.
There are a few different herbs and plants that really help to boost the heart’s functioning. Most famously, hawthorn helps to widen the blood vessels, improve the volume of blood pumped with each contraction, and improve the never signalling. It also helps to lower cholesterol and lower the accumulation of liver fat.
Garlic contains a component called allicin, which is the thing that makes it smell. Allicin lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, while also improve signaling and all-over circulation throughout the body. While you can eat lots of garlic to help the heart, you can also find it in a more concentrated form in supplements such as ‘Blood Pressure Reducer 1000’ (which also contains hawthorn and many other heart-health plants).
- A Low-Salt Diet
Salt in the body leads to the body retaining water, which in turn increases the blood pressure. This puts a strain on the heart, the arteries, and the kidneys. Moreover, high salt diets mean that people who are already taking blood pressure medication will find that the medication either does not work at all or works considerably less effectively.
- Hand and Arm Exercises
By training the hands and the arms, it helps to train all the muscles in the diaphragm. Try squeezing a tennis ball or lifting a heavy hardback book for 15-20 minutes a day. This will help to tone all the muscles that support the heart’s movement, helping to release the strain.
Your heart is the life of your body and it helps to keep all the other organs healthy and strong. Ensuring you take a few of these steps will help you to be able to breathe and move more easily, and will drastically improve your mood; a healthy heart equals a happy man.