The Beat Goes On

The Beat Goes On

The beat is the most important part of life’s song. That is why it is vital to keep the rhythm going. Maintaining the health of the heart—the most important muscle in the body—is probably the most significant thing you can do to stay alive. There are several disorders related to the cardiovascular system, the most common being heart attacks, arteriosclerosis, and atherosclerosis.

Heart attack (also known as heart failure) is caused when the normal flow of oxygen and nutrients to the heart is disrupted. This results in damage to the heart muscle.

Arteriosclerosis is a thickening, loss of elasticity and calcification of blood vessel walls. This reduces circulation to the brain and limbs.

Atherosclerosis is a condition where cholesterol, fats and cellular wastes deposit along arterial walls. These deposits, known as plaques, because the blood vessel walls to become petrified and thickened. At best, they only leave a small pathway for the blood to flow and—at worst—can completely occlude (obstruct or block) the channel of blood, causing damage to the heart and brain.

The cardiovascular system contains the body’s pump (the heart) and pipes (the network of vessels responsible for delivering nutrition to cells and tissues. There are many ways to ensure longevity and peak performance in this area. A few major ones are:

Stress control—Try not to get worried over everything. Take time out for relaxation.

Proper diet—Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grain products. Avoid high animal protein/fat meals and excessive dairy products.

Weight management—Obesity puts a strain on the heart and circulation and makes it work much harder in order to nourish a broader area.

Exercise—A great stress reliever, exercise comes in a variety of enjoyable forms such as dancing, aerobics, swimming, tennis, skiing, hiking, jogging and bicycling. All are great ways to lower stress levels.

Rest—The nervous system is connected to all other systems of the body and when it is on edge, the rest of the body—including the cardiovascular system—will suffer.

Of course, in addition to all these examples, supplements can greatly enhance the body’s ability to stay well. Following are some nutritional approaches to heart health:

L-carnitine—This amino acid nourishes and strengthens muscles and nutritionally supports the cardiovascular system. Carnitine regulates fat oxidation in the body, and as the heart produces most of its energy from fats, it is dependent upon L-carnitine for this function. An L-carnitine deficiency causes extreme metabolic impairment to heart tissue. L-carnitine helps build strong heart tissues, as well as reduces blood triglycerides and helps with weight management by helping the body to metabolize fat.

Garlic—A well-known traditional herb, garlic is used for enhancing the body’s defense system and balancing cholesterol levels in the blood. The sulfur compounds contained in garlic are largely responsible for these effects.

Hawthorn Berries—These nutritional nuggets have long been favored as a comprehensive nutritional approach to heart health. Hawthorn is high in antioxidants called “proanthocyanidins” that nourish the cardiovascular system. Numerous studies support the benefits of hawthorn berries in balancing blood pressure and heart rate and promoting blood circulation.

Magnesium—This mineral is a “must” for the heart. However, many diets are deficient in this vital nutrient and—with age—the body absorbs and retains less of it. Magnesium helps regulate activity of the heart muscle, as well as the nerves that keep the heart beating. It helps stabilize heart action, thereby preventing arrhythmias, as well as promoting blood vessel health, balancing blood pressure and inhibiting coronary artery spasms.

As you can see, by combining proper lifestyle patterns and dietary habits, you can keep your ticker ticking as long as possible. Be kind to your heart and it will keep you alive and well for many years!

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