A healthy heart is imperative

» Posted by on Jan 20, 2010 in Massage and Health News | 0 comments

A healthy heart is so incredibly important. When people come to A Massage at Tahoe we have an in-take form that asks a series of questions. Much of it is to trigger a client’s memory about medical issues.

Massage increases circulation. If you are taking medication, massage can move it through your system much faster.

Keeping the heart running is so incredibly important.

The following information is all from www.realage.com.

When it comes to the health of your heart, what you do and what you don’t do can truly make a difference. That’s because lifestyle choices — like smoking, poor diet, and lack of exercise — can be far more dangerous than hereditary factors.

Here’s a step-by-step plan that will help you make smart choices and help get your ticker in top form.

Action 1: Pump Your Heart

For optimal health, you’ll need to do enough physical activity to burn between 3,500 and 6,500 calories a week (or roughly 500 to 950 a day). Do at least three 20-minute cardio workouts a week

Action 2: Know Your Numbers

We’re talking the big three – cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar — plus, two more you should probably know: homocysteine and C-reactive. Consider these numbers a stock ticker for your ticker. They tell you how you’re doing, and when you need to do more. When you have them measured, make sure your doctor also tells you what your goal levels should be and what you can do to get there.

Action 3: Get Happy

There are lots of reasons to be happy, including your heart health. Negative emotions like anger and hostility can raise blood pressure. People with depression are four times more likely to have a heart attack. And while we don’t understand how emotional stress causes physical stress, we do know there’s a powerful connection.

Action 4: Eat Your Heart Out

When making out your grocery list, follow this simple rule of thumb: opt for foods with healthful fats, fiber, and good-for-you nutrients like flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals. And nix the salty, sugary, sat-fat-laden, or processed stuff.

Action 5: Learn from Your Relatives

Even though you have a lot of control over your own heart-healthy destiny, a family history of heart disease does raise your risk significantly. So, along with talking to your doctor about a schedule of heart screenings, talk about your family health history, too. And if Mom, Dad, or a sibling developed heart disease, you’ll want to be extra vigilant about screenings and about adopting heart-smart habits.

Action 6: Pop Some Pills

Certain nutrients, supplements, and occasional medications can work preventive wonders for your heart. Here are the YOU Docs’ top picks:
Aspirin: Taking aspirin regularly may reduce the incidence of heart attack by making blood platelets less sticky and decreasing arterial inflammation. But it only makes sense for men over the age of 35 and women over the age of 40. And even then, check with your doctor first, because aspirin can have side effects like stomach irritation and bleeding.

A multivitamin: Your multivitamin is chock-full of heart-healthy micronutrients, like magnesium, calcium, and vitamins D, C, E, and A.

Folate: This B vitamin lowers homocysteine to healthy levels. Since folate from food is only partially absorbed by your body, take a 400-microgram (folic acid) supplement. But make sure you’re getting enough B6 and B12, too, because folate can mask a deficiency in these vitamins.

Action 7: Schedule Sleep

If you don’t snooze 6 to 8 hours a night, you increase arterial aging and raise your risk of a heart attack. Inadequate sleep will also cause you to release less serotonin (the feel-good hormone) in your brain.

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