GOOD AT HEART;FIGHTING FIT

A normal healthy heart is a strong,muscular pump, a little larger than a fist. With heart failure , the heart muscle becomes too weak or too stiff to work properly. The heart cannot pump efficiently enough to meet the body’s need for blood and oxygen.  HOW TO KEEP YOUR HEART HEALTHY?- SLEEP- The heart is a muscle that needs recovery. It heals and recovers when we sleep. Sleeping less creates unnecessary stress on our heart,increases inflammation,spikes up blood pressure and makes heart beat irregular. Additionally,lack of sleep can cause lack of motivation to work out,cravings for sugar,coffee and food. EMOTIONS- Negative emotions like anger,jealously,hatred,guilt your heart your heart,while positive emotions like happiness,gratitude,boost heart health.  PHYSICAL ACTIVITY- Sitting is the new smoking. The more you sit the unhealthier your heart is going to be. It doesn’t matter if you work out one hour in the gym and you are going to be sitting for the next nine hours. This is called a sedentary active.  MAKE THESE CHANGES-  Swap refined oils with cold pressed,unrefined oils- refined vegetables oils are rich in omega 6^fatty acids. Omega 6 is harmful to health as it causes inflammation and oxidation stress in the body. It is also important to focus on the right quantity of refined oil as excess can be harmful.  Make pranayam a habit- one deep inhale and deeper exhale helps drop your blood pressure a notch. It is one of the most powerful ways to manage high BP, both systolic and diastolic values.  Introduce heart healthy fats- desi ghee, coconut oil,egg yolks,walnuts,flax seeds,chia seeds,sunflower seeds,almonds and other cold pressed oils are good for you in the right quality and quantity.  Pass the salt shaker- refined varieties of salt can lead to inflammation  in the body. Switch to pink or rock salt,but under complete medical supervision,especially if you are a kidney patient. Fix low vitamin D levels– the UV rays of the sun interact with cholesterol in our body to make vitamin D .so if you have low cholesterol levels, chances are you are also vitamin D deficient. At the same time,if you have low vitamin D levels, your liver gets a signal to produce more cholesterol because your body wants to naturally increase vitamin D levels.  So,boost vitamin D levels if they are below normal.

The New Test For Heart Disease

Ultrasensitive CRP- As the medical community begins to realize that coronary artery disease is decidedly an inflammatory and not a cholesterol disease, more clinical studies are appearing in the medical literature advising physicians of effective ways to evaluate patients. Several studies have looked at various products in the body that give us evidence of the amount of inflammation that is present in the arteries. One such highly preferred blood test is the highly sensitive C – reactive protein (hs CRP). This test measures the arterial inflammation currently present. This test…

Cold Weather Ways To Burn Fat Fast!

Winter can be the perfect time to walk off weight—even if you’re not a snow bunny. Sticking with your usual exercise routine is one of the best ways to boost your chances of starting the new year a size smaller. If you’ve gotten used to walking outdoors all summer, switching to a different activity for cold weather in the winter can make your weight loss even more of a struggle, says John Jakicic, PhD, assistant professor in the weight control and diabetes research center at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, RI. Finding a new activity may mean organizing…

15 Amazing Guava Benefits: Heart Healthy, Weight Loss Friendly and More

Winter has set in and tis’ the season for some delicious guavas. Here are 15 amazing guava benefits you need to know. Have not all of us enjoyed a plateful of guavas sprinkled with chaat masala atop? Nothing else can match up to the luscious jams, jellies and murabbas laced with an intoxicating strong-sweet fragrance. Undeniably, it is one fruit which always got enough lauding from our grandmothers. Guava, popularly known as amrood in Hindi, comes loaded with tiny hard seeds at the center. It is believed to have its genesis in Central America where it is alternatively known as…

10 Benefits of Physical Activity For Human Health

Keeping in shape can help your child throughout her life. When many people decide to “get fit,” they assume it involves rigorous activity. But you don’t have to spend hours in a gym to be physically active. People can get in shape by performing everyday activities in the home. Every time you and your child throw a softball, swim a lap, climb a flight of stairs, walk to the store, or carry packages, your health and fitness levels are improving. When someone is physically fit, she feels and looks better,…