Heart health is explored in this contributed post.
Heart disease is an umbrella term for anything that causes damage to the heart, and it can be caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices, high blood pressure and medical conditions such as diabetes. Sadly, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, so taking care of ourselves is paramount before it is too late.
If you suffer any of these symptoms, you should contact the medical services immediately. We ignore the heart at our peril, and for the sake of ourselves and our families, we don’t want to become another medical statistic. It’s clear we need to do something about the way we live our lives to reduce the risk of heart disease, so the advice below is vital. Read what we have to say and then put into practice the right lifestyle choices.
Lowering your cholesterol is part of the battle in protecting your heart, so cut down on anything with saturated fats, such as cakes, sausages, fatty meat, and butter. Unsaturated fats, on the other hand, are good for you and can help reduce any blockage in your arteries. Foods such as nuts, avocados, and oily fish are high in Omega-3 which is a good fat. When you know you aren’t eating enough, try supplements such as Caruso’s Omega 3 tablets which can balance your diet.
Too much salt is bad for us as it raises our blood pressure, so it is recommended we don’t eat more than 6g a day. Frozen foods such as pizza are high in salt, as are canned meats, bacon, and tinned beans. Always read the labels on the packages at the store, and always go for low salt options. When your blood pressure rises, it places greater strain on your heart and other organs, so it is wise to opt for foods with low salt content, including eggs, shellfish, and dried beans.
Eating a balanced diet every day is something we should all do, so while the occasional cake or pizza isn’t necessarily harmful in themselves, they should still be eaten in moderation with a healthier high-fibre diet which includes eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
As well as cutting down on unhealthy foods, you should also quit unhealthy habits such as smoking which will damage your arteries, increasing the risk of a heart attack. Binge drinking alcohol can cause irregular heart rhythms and will increase the damages to your heart muscles. We all know drinking and smoking are bad for us, so protecting your heart is another incentive to cut down or quit altogether.
To avoid damage, we should all exercise regularly. People who are overweight are at greater risk of heart disease, so it’s important to keep fit to maintain a healthy weight. Keeping our heart pumping will strengthen the heart, get the blood circulating, and stabilize blood pressure. People who don’t exercise regularly are more likely to have a heart attack than those who do, so it’s important to make this a part of your daily routine.
Ways to encourage positive thinking in your life are highlighted in this contributed post.
Being more positive about yourself and life in general can seem like an impossible task at times. But a lot of people who have found themselves influenced more by negativity and positivity often don’t make enough of an effort to cast that negativity out of their lives. And it’s essential that we work hard to do just that, because being negative all the time is more exhausting and damaging to your health than you may think.
We’re going to look at three angles from which most people find themselves having the most severe problems with positivity. Don’t give into negative feelings - take action!
A lot of negativity stems from self-esteem problems, and a lot of self-esteem problems stem from a belief that you’re not a particularly beautiful or smart person. It’s a toxic mindset, and it’s often exacerbated by particular media outlets. Judgments about what the “right” or “normal” standards of weight and general beauty are never particularly useful, so it’s important not to take them to heart. You should only take seriously judgments from a medical or general health perspective - advice from a doctor or nutritionist, for example. If you do want to make changes to your weight, style, or knowledge, then good for you; self-improvement is a good goal, but it will be difficult to achieve if you’re too negative about your current situation.
Too many people seem to equate being single with being a failure. It really doesn’t matter how old you are; being single provides a lot of opportunity to focus on yourself in some positive ways, and it really is never too late to find someone. It may be best not to dwell on it and just really focus on yourself for a while. This doesn’t mean you should feel less worthy if you do decide to take matters into your own hands, however. A lot of people seem to feel a little ashamed about “resorting to” things like online dating or horoscope resources like AstroStyle, but this negativity is both pointless and harmful to your ultimate goal. It’s not in any way “pathetic” to actively pursue love instead of just waiting for it to fall in your lap!
Bottling it up
One thing that will never help you become a less negative person is bottling everything up. You know the old saying “if you don’t ask, you don’t get”? The same sort of logic applies to these situations; if you’re silent, then it’s going to be very difficult to get what you’re after. Speaking to friends or even asking for advice on anonymous message boards can help (though you’ll want to be careful not to be too sensitive when it comes to the latter!). But if you think more professional help will better defeat negativity, then speak to your doctor. Some people see this as capitulating to negative feelings; they see it as giving up the fight, in a way. But reaching out to experts for help is actually one of the hardest and, ultimately, most rewarding parts of the battle to become more positive.