Heart- An organ associated with love.
This organ may be very little in size but our whole body depends on it. What incredible wonder is the human heart! It is the great powerhouse that stores up blood and this blood is pumped unceasingly from head to foot. It is indeed the most vital organ, so integral to keep us alive. It is like the key that keeps this human body running like a machine.
Apart from this stuff, this heart is also associated with emotions. Happiness, sadness, love, pain, excitement, etc. our heart goes through so much.
But what do we give this heart in return? Our unhealthy lifestyle.
Today, in this hectic world, our bank accounts are increasing and our health is decreasing. Our sedentary lifestyle filled with junk and fast foods filled with fats are a threat to our hearts.
World Heart Day, organized by the World Heart Federation and its members and co-sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNESCO and Sport for Development and Peace, is the World Heart Federation’s most important advocacy event and aims to increase public awareness and promote preventive measures to reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke. It is celebrated every year on September 29th or on the last Sunday in September every year.
It is said prevention is better than cure. Well, keeping this in mind, let’s see how we can take charge to have a healthy heart.
The best way to have a healthy heart is to eat a diet mostly of fresh fruit and ray vegetables. It does not mean being a vegetarian but it does mean eating a lot more vegetables than most westerners do and not a lot of meats.
DO not use enriched products. Instead eat whole grains. Eat the multi grain breads with the wheat berries and other berries from grains in them. Look at the label and read the ingredients to make sure they have not added vitamins or any form of iron to the flour). This is a good way to prevent or ward off several common adult diseases including heart disease.
We need to learn to fight our addictions. Our generation is highly addicted to alcohol, cigarettes, drugs etc. All of these are very bad for our heart. It is said that twelve months after quitting, your increased risk of dying from heart disease will be half that of a continuing smoker. Well, if you are a smoker, it’s never too late to quit.
Our deskbound lifestyle has made us very lazy. We get tired by climbing just one floor of steps. The only exercise we get is travelling to and from work. Even then we use vehicles. Do you think this is good for our heart? Walk briskly or do any simple exercise for 30 minutes a day and reduce your risk of heart attack by one third. Choose activities that combine exercise and socializing like palates, water aerobics, dancing, cycling or yoga.
Your heart powers your whole body. It lets you love, laugh and live your life to the full. Take good care of it.
“It feels so sweet to have a healthy heart beat.”