How to Have a Healthy Heart
Do you see your heart as merely a way to circulate your blood and keep you alive? Does thinking about your heart conjure up feelings of love and compassion? Do you believe it is the seat of your soul? Do you use it as your primary organ of perception through which you see and feel everything?
Your heart is all of these. In this series, you are going to learn more about your heart, what your heart has to tell you and how to keep it (and you) healthy.
Saturated Fat Is Not Your Enemy
New research reveals that heart disease is caused by poor lifestyle choices over a lifetime; day by day.
How to Increase your Risk of Heart Disease
As risks for heart disease go, high cholesterol is not that important. Many people with high cholesterol never develop heart disease.
If you would like to raise your risk of heart disease, definitely smoke, be significantly overweight, eat a lot of processed foods with a only a rare fruit or vegetable and do not exercise – ever.
How you Handle Stress Hugely Increases your Risk of Heart Disease
Stress, by definition, is “any real or imagined threat, and your body’s response to it.” And many times we imagine a lot more threat than there really is when we anticipate future events in a negative way.
Many women over 50 are experiencing huge transitions. Many of these are considered the most stressful in our whole lives; parents passing, children leaving home, moving, divorce, illness, and death of our partners. These changes may leave us with feelings of powerlessness, grief and sadness.
How do you look when you are stressed? Have you noticed how your body and face constrict? That constricting is also happening in your blood vessels which narrows the passageway for blood to flow through.
Systemic Inflammation is a Major Cause of Heart Disease
There are many studies that show the connection between the overall level of inflammation in the body and the risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Symptoms that tell you that you have inflammation in your body include chronic infections like gum disease and aches and pains that come and go. When you have the flu, which is a big inflammatory event, you ache and are stiff all over. That is telling you that your overall level of inflammation is high.
Inflammation in your gut looks like gas, bloating and constipation. It can also show up on your face as adult acne or “hot” spots.
There are many factors to consider when evaluating your risks for heart disease. The good news is that most of them are under your control.
In part 3 of this series, we will take a look at how heart disease can be prevented and even reversed.
What changes have you noticed? Please leave a comment to share with the other Girlfriends.