March 17, 2014

Seven Steps to a Healthy Heart.

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When your mind and heart are truly open abundance will flow to you effortlessly and easily.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but it is preventable and controllable. Many lifestyle-related factors are known to have a direct impact on cardiovascular health.

To celebrate American Heart Month this February, take the following steps which are an important foundation to an integrative approach to heart health.

1) Eat a diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, lean sources of protein, and healthy fats such as from nuts, seeds, and cold-water fish to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. Avoid processed and pre-packaged foods and minimize dining out. Keep your blood sugar levels stable by avoiding added sugars in your foods and beverages.

2) Meditate regularly. Meditation has been shown to reduce blood pressure and alleviate the physical effects of the stress response. More recent meditation studies have shown alterations in gene regulation towards a healthier state. Learn more about meditation here.

3) Be physically active. Even if you do not have time to do a complete exercise routine, find ways in your daily life to be more active by walking more, driving less, taking the stairs, etc. Even small bursts of exercise can be beneficial.

4) Deal with your emotions. Emotional distress can cause a stress response in the body leading to increases in blood pressure and inflammation. Certain tendencies such as anger and hostility have been related to elevated risks of heart disease. Find support from a counselor, friend, or even a group. If you are having difficulty letting go of stored emotional pain, consider attending the Chopra Center’s Healing the Heart workshop.

5) Disconnect to connect. The constant pull of smartphones, computers, and media can keep stress levels rising. Make sure to have some free time and consider connecting to nature. Look at the night sky, take a walk among a greenbelt or body of water, feel the warmth of the sun on your body, gaze into the eyes of a friend or loved one.

6) Get a good night’s rest. Lack of sleep may be related to elevations in blood pressure, stress hormones, and overweight. Set up a relaxing routine to help set the stage for sleep and aim to be in bed by 10:30. Click here for more sleeping tips.

7) If you smoke, take the steps needed to quit for good. If you don’t smoke, don’t start.

See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/7-steps-to-a-healthy-heart#sthash.D2qMxcqy.dpuf

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  1. laila

    all good advice , as someone who took three years to stop smoking .. it can be difficult to put into practice ! but persevere with hope !!

  2. Nicky

    The very best and the finest exercise for a healthy heart is to use it for what it was originally intended - unconditional loving. The proven benefits of this exercise will ripple through the cardiovascular, respiratory and other vital life systems in a most powerfully miraculous way....The awoken Spirit will unfailingly nourish the body

  3. Juanita Cerezo

    Thanks Dr Deepak ♡

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