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How your lifestyle impacts your heart?

 

There’s no debating that we are leading increasingly hectic lifestyles, and there’s little you can do to control every single parameter of your life. And while you are busy running after your goals, you heart faces intriguing challenges while coping up with your daily drill – awaiting an impending disaster.

Here are a few common lifestyle factors that are guilty of causing serious heart diseases:

Stress:

Our body is very clever and often acts and counteracts to achieve balance. As a response to stress, it releases the stress hormone called  Cortisol. Though Cortisol is also plays an important of regulating your body’s energy needs, elevated Cortisol levels manipulate the entire hormonal system and can prove detrimental to your health. Hence, it is important to keep a tab on your Cortisol levels and take a breather every now and then. Indulge in a hobby, practice yoga, or do anything that helps your get away from stress.

 

Sleep:

Work commitments increase but the number of hours one has remain the same. This only means that you are faced with an ever-increasing shortage of time for yourself, which eventually translates to late nights, more work and lesser sleep. Sleeping is an important part of your everyday activity which provides the body with a chance to relax and rejuvenate. Lack of sleep interferes with your body’s repairing cycle and also impacts your hormonal levels. A minimum of 6-7 hours of sound sleep is recommended for a healthy heart and a healthy you in general.

 

Exercise:

Where will you find the time to exercise when you barely have the time to sleep! Lack of exercise is directly proportional to the lack of time. With a sedentary lifestyle at work and lack of exercise, you are inviting more than just large-sized clothes into your life – weight issues, blood pressure, diabetes, heart diseases, etc. It is recommended that you get at least 30-45 minutes of exercise at least 2-3 times a week to ensure physical well-being. Exercising also releases Endorphins, Dopamine and Serotonin – all of which are feel good hormones that negate the ill effects of Cortisol.

 

Diet:

Now if you look at the above-mentioned factors, you will deduce that a poor diet is again a result lack of time and increased stress. It’s not uncommon for a busy person to grab a bite while rushing to work, or missing lunch to meet a tight deadline, or binge on your favorite dessert when you feel stressed. So now, you are not only stressed and barely have the time to exercise and sleep well, but also indulge in unhealthy eating habits – increasing your cholesterol levels dangerously. Imagine the overall damage you’re causing to your health. All said and done, this is one factor that you have total control over. Choose a healthy balanced diet over diet fads such as zero calorie sugar and soft drinks and regulate your meal timings such that you do not miss out on an important meal. This will not ensure that you feed your body with the necessary nutrients but also do good for your heart.

 

Keep a tab on these factors to ensure a healthy heart. There are more lifestyle factors that impact your heart’s health, but more on those in a later post.

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