We Heart You!
Learn How to Take Care of Your Heart during Healthy Heart Month
Welcome to February and Healthy Heart month! This month we will take a look at the heart in all of its various forms, and offer suggestions and tips on how to keep your heart healthy and vibrant. We’ll start with a “Heart 101” and move into other topics related to the heart as the month progresses. To begin, let’s review some basic information.
Essentially, your heart is your body’s pumping station. The right side of your heart pumps blood to the lungs to receive fresh oxygen from the air you breathe. That blood then goes to the left side of the heart, where it is pumped throughout your body. On its way through your system, cells absorb the oxygen needed to sustain life, and the oxygen-depleted blood returns to the right side of your heart to begin the cycle again.
Your heart is very closely connected to your kidneys, and any damage to your heart will impact your kidneys as well. Aside from filtering waste from your system and producing urine, your kidneys have other important functions. They help control your blood pressure, blood glucose level, the amount of vitamin D in your body, and they create new red blood cells to replace ones that are damaged. Some of the information we provide this month will help you understand the important relationship between your heart and kidneys, so that when you take care of your heart, your kidneys will benefit as well.
In addition to the biological functions of the heart, many people also consider the heart to be the center of emotional health and spirit. Traditional Chinese medicine suggests that the heart governs emotional health, conscious awareness, and spirituality. Damage to the heart can cause depression, anxiety, and your ability to live your life to the fullest.
This month we will explore a wide variety of ways to take care of your heart. Some of the topics we will cover include:
- eating wisely to maintain optimum heart health
- being passionate about your health
- the importance of vegetables in your diet
- meditation and breathing
- using various forms of exercise to heal your heart, including yoga, tai chi, and Qi Gong
- investigating the link between emotional pain and the heart chakra
We hope you are doing well with your self-care routine. The cold and darkness of
February can cause frustration for all of us, but keep up the good work. Find ways to be creative with your food and exercise choices. Remember to drink plenty of water and get enough sleep. Dress in layers when you go out, and make sure to keep close to the people in your life who love and support you.
Next time we will focus on food as it relates to heart health.
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