The heart is one of the most important organs of the body. Without it, all other organs will cease to function. Oxygen and nutrients needed by all cells will not be delivered to where they are needed most. Carbon dioxide and other waste products of cellular metabolism will not be eliminated from the body. This lack of oxygen and nutrients and the accumulation of carbon dioxide and toxic wastes inside the body can lead to disastrous consequence for general health.
The Human Heart
The human heart is a very dynamic pump. It makes sure that blood is moved forward towards the different parts of the body to give it oxygen and nutrition. It also receives the waste products like carbon dioxide from these body parts and transports them to the lungs and the kidneys for elimination. This is why it is very important to care for the heart.
A healthy diet that is low in saturated fats as well as trans-fat should be the hallmark of a good heart diet. Including fruits and vegetables as well as fish and whole grains in your diet will lead to a healthier heart. You will also need to be mindful of your caloric intake because obesity is one factor that may predispose you to heart conditions. Check your cholesterol levels as well as sodium intake.
Get Plenty of Exercise
A thrice-a-week regimen of mild to moderate exercise is better than none at all. Exercise can greatly improve cardiovascular endurance making your heart be more efficient in pumping blood throughout the rest of the body.
Reduce Risk Factors
Smoking and obesity are two risk factors that you can effectively control. Diabetes and control of blood sugar may not necessarily be unmanageable but they are nonetheless related to weight management. Manage your stress levels because there is a strong correlation between high levels of stress and heart health.
Regular Cardiovascular Check-Up Upon Reaching 40
The risk for cardiovascular diseases unfortunately increases with age. Because of the effects of stress, faulty lifestyle, and the general effects of aging on the structure and function of the heart, it is recommended that people who reach 40 should already be subjected to routine physical check-up on a regular (yearly) basis.
Caring for the heart is like caring for your life. Without it, life will simply cease to exist. The key therefore is to eat healthy, do exercises, and manage the risk factors.