How Heart Healthy Are You?
How important is a healthy heart to your overall fitness regimen? At Lifestyle Health Retreats, we realise that not many people stop to think about the health of their hearts on a regular basis. Although we intuitively understand that the heart is one of the most important organs in our bodies, it is easy to take heart health for granted. A vital part of holistic health and wellness is to be conscious of what is going into our bodies regularly and minimising consumption of things such as alcohol, and foods high in sugar and fat which can be detrimental heart health.
When shopping for foods, it’s important to pay attention to the levels of saturated fats and sugar levels in the foods you are purchasing. Foods high in fat and sugar over time can build up in the heart’s arterial walls. This is also known as plaque. You can however revert this process and begin to start repairing the damage to your heart by simply exercising, watching what you eat and taking the necessary minerals to keep your heart healthy.
There are also certain vitamins that you can take to help keep your heart healthy and happy. You may have heard of antioxidants, but never quite knew what they were. Antioxidants are what our bodies and heart need to prevent damage to the tissues. Including antioxidants in your daily routine will keep your heart healthy.
A few of these antioxidants are: Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids, CoQ-10, Magnesium, Pycnogenol and Vitamin E. CoQ-10 is produced naturally in the body and is one of the most powerful antioxidants out there when it comes to keeping your heart healthy. Essential Omega 3 Fatty Acids play an important role. They help to prevent cardiovascular diseases and will also help to regulate the cholesterol levels in the body. Pycenogel helps rid the body of free radicals and has also been said to be one of the most powerful antioxidants out there. Pycenogel can help lower blood pressure, prevent blood clots, and prevent fat deposits in the arteries from building up over time.
Vitamin E is another essential that prevents blood clots and helps to aid in increased blood flow in the heart. Magnesium is a very important mineral that is neglected by many. It helps to prevent spasms in the heart. Many of these products can be found at just about any drugstore or vitamin store. It’s important to begin paying attention to what you are putting into your body. Exercising will help to ensure that your body stays in shape and healthy.
Not only are you keeping your body in shape, but you are keeping your heart healthy as well. It’s easy to forget about what you are eating or drinking at the moment, but becoming conscious of what you are putting into your body will have major long-term benefits.
At Lifestyle Health Retreats we believe that It is never too late to begin taking care of your body. What matters is that you have decided to start becoming more conscious of your health and overall wellness.