Heart disease is a very common disease affecting people across the world. It is a major health problem for many people. According to medical surveys the most common causes of heart disease are: 1. Heredity 2. High blood pressure 3. Diabetes 4. High serum cholesterol 5. Smoking
However ayurveda adopts a different approach towards achieving good health and stating the cause of certain diseases. The term used by ayurvedic for a heart disease is’Hrudroga’.Ayurveda definitely deals with the cardiovascular diseases. It defines the hridaya or the heart as organ of the body which is responsible for controlling and monitoring emotions and also for blood circulation that keeps an individual alive.
You can improve your lifestyle in the following ways:
- Quit smoking because cigarette smoking alone increases the risk of heart attack a lot.
- Ayurveda asks us to exercise regularly because exercise improves the body by reducing the excess fats.
- Be calm and composed. Try not to be angry. If you are cool then it helps a lot in checking your high blood pressure.
- Take low calorie vegetarian foods.
- Laughter is the best medicine. It is a relaxation therapy and it helps to overcome stress. It really helps you if you have high blood pressure.
- Avoid drinking coffee. Coffee contains caffeine which may increase the blood pressure level in an individual.
- Love and show affection to everyone. If you do this it will really help in dropping your blood pressure, further reducing the risk of heart problems.
- Practice meditation, yoga and asanas like shavasana.
Heart Disease Prevention
How to protect a heart? The answer is -- to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Few little steps that can go a long way for one's health and heart, are:
- to be active - the American Heart Association recommends doing moderately-intense exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. The most simple way to start is to begin walking! Another option is yoga or tai chi - an ancient Chinese exercises, which involves relaxing movements. They lower blood pressure, by the way, almost as well as moderate-intensity aerobic exercises.
- to lead a healthy diet for heart – it is important to eat variety of fruit and vegetables every day, to eat high-fiber foods and to use fresh products instead of canned ones.
- to keep body mass index or BMI of 25 or lower – it is calculated by dividing individual's weight by the square of his or her height. If BMI is greater than 25, it may indicate that one is overweight. BMI of greater than 30 indicates obesity.
- to get annual physicals.
- to avoid stress and stressful situations.
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