I Am Your Heart

I don’t mean to brag, but I am the most important organ in the body. Yes, I am the heart, and without me there is no body.  I am one of the hardest working organ in the body, and  one of the most abused.  I am the one, that carries blood all around. I am the one, that supplies all the other organs with good nutrients and take away the waste. I feel so unappreciated, taking care of me is really not that hard, here is a few simple easy ways to help keep me healthy and strong:

 Reduce Stress:

  • When you are feeling stressed at home or at work find a way to reduce the stress.
  • Put yourself first, think about you, how tired and distressed you feel. Take a deep breath, and breathe, breathe slowly in through your nose, out through your mouth about 8 times, relax.
  • If you have a long list of things to do, take care of the easy necessary ones first, then stop, the world will not end because of it.
  • Shut down your computer and your cell phone for awhile, take a walk, or just put up your feet, relax.
  • Take life Slow, maybe you are moving too fast, look at the sun that makes the flowers smile, and the rain that moistens the earth. Stop for a moment and just enjoy life.

Good Posture: 

  • How we carry our bodies can affect our health.  “Remember when growing up our elders use to make us sit up straight, or walk with our shoulders back?”  ”Did you ever wonder why?”   Well, they had good reasons, because scientists now say that a lot of  our ailments and pain can be blamed on bad posture. Bad posture can cause difficulty breathing, headaches, backaches, chest tightness and fatigue. So, don’t slouch, and keep your shoulders back, this will also improve your appearance.

 Eat Right:

  • Many people eat when they feel certain emotions, like anger, unhappiness or bored.  They most likely will reach for foods high in salt, sugar or deep fried like french fries, potato chips, ice cream or sodas. Too much of foods high in protein, like red meats, is not very good either because it is hard for the stomach to digest.
  • Eat when you are hungry, and eat heart healthy foods, like oatmeal, fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, poultry, fish and drink red wines.

Exercise:

Start out small, take baby steps and you will be surprised at how small lifestyle can give back big results.  There is no need to buy expensive exercise equipment, or run out and join a gym. You can start out with simple lifestyle changes like the ones listed below:

  •  Get off the bus or train two stops before reaching your destination and walk
  • Instead of taking the elevator, walk up the stairs
  • Get up from your desk every couple of hours and walk around
  • Put on some music, and dance while you work around the house

Just a few lifestyle changes can save your life, I know, because I am your heart.

Take care of me, I am worth it.

 

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