Did you know that your heart beats over 100,000 times per day?  Since the most important muscle in your body is working that hard for you, don’t you think you owe it a little TLC?  Here are five things you can do to make your heart happy.

_K0C7535Pay attention to your diet

You’ve heard this one a million times before, but it’s really true.  Stay away from too much salt and processed sugar.  Focus, instead, on lean protein and unsaturated fat.  Stay away from too many carbohydrates commonly found in processed fast food and sugary cereals and focus on whole grains instead.  Eat plenty of natural fruits and vegetables, especially leafy green veggies.  Of course everyone loves a little dessert, but just remember to eat it in moderation.

Manage your blood pressure

High blood pressure is one of the heart’s mortal enemies.  It can damage artery walls and create scar tissue, which makes it difficult for oxygen to get to and from the heart.  If you are over 40, have your blood pressure checked yearly.  In addition to maintaining a healthy diet, you should consider cutting back alcohol consumption to one or two drinks per day.  Exercise regularly – anything from a brisk jog to a neighborhood stroll is great for the heart if it is done on a regular basis – and it also helps to relieve stress which is an added bonus.

Find more time for yourself

It is naturally relaxing to do the things you enjoy and spend time with the people you love.  If you find yourself too busy to get away, take a step back and re-examine.  There is a time to work and a time to play and the body’s natural rhythm can be disrupted when there is not a good balance between the two – and this can have a bad impact on your heart.

Remember 4-7-8

Noted holistic Dr. Andrew Weil pioneered a breathing technique involving breathing in through the nose for four seconds, holding the breath for seven seconds, and then breathing out through the mouth for eight seconds.  Doing this four times in a row, twice a day, can reduce stress, help improve your sleep, and lower blood pressure.  Try doing it before bed and right away when you wake up.

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