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Healthy heart runs through the kitchen

Updated on August 18, 2009

Healthy Heart

Healthy heart runs through the kitchen

Simply understand your heart, focus on diet, quality of food and the importance of lifestyle all in all, if worked well can lead to a healthy heart.

As it is said the path to a healthy heart runs through the kitchen, it is a fact and facts cannot be denied.

We have been using the heart as a symbol of courage, kindness, generosity and love- all the highest ideals of the human spirit. What about the real heart? It beats 4,000 times each hour, this organ pumps blood through 60,000 miles of vessels throughout our bodies. And it does this day after day, year after year, with little or no help from us. Given to understand the amount of work it does, people tend to understand it is the largest organ, infact it is the smallest organ about the size of a man’s clenched fist. Another mis-conception is that the heart is located on the left side of the chest cavity; it sits in the center between the lungs. And finally, the heart is not heart shaped. The heart looks like the shape of an eggplant.

Assessing your Risk

According to researchers, a 1% rise in your total cholesterol level can produce a 3% rise in heart attack risk.

Focus on Diet - Healthy Heart

Some of the important cardiac risk factors are influenced by what and how much is eaten by a human. These factors include LDL and HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, weight, blood pressure, diabetes, coronary inflammation, blood clothing and metabolic syndrome. Once you know your risk levels, you can neutralize many factors that can penalize cardiovascular health by taking the right steps to change your diet.

  • Cut down on foods rich in saturated fats such as red meat and whole milk dairy products
  • Increase foods rich in complex carbohydrates such as fruits and veggies, oat bran, oatmeal and beans.
  • Strawberries and eggplant and antixoditants foods rich in vitamin C and E and beta-carotene.
  • Substitute soy protein for animal protein,

And finally the Importance of Lifestyle

Why do so many people have heart disease? Apart from factors like uncontrollable risks like age and family history must be taken into account, controllable factors related to lifestyle play a much bigger role.

Live simply and eat healthy is the motto for a healthy heart through a healthy kitchen!

What is METABOLIC SYNDROME

Also known as Syndrome X, metabolic syndrome is actually a cluster of symptoms: abdominal obesity, high triglyceride levels, low HDL cholesterol levels, high blood sugar levels and blood pressure. Each of these symptoms is a cardiac risk in its own right; however, in combination, the sum of the parts is greater. People with metabolic syndrome are twice as likely to have a heart attack and three times as likely to develop diabetes. People with this condition normally have a moderate level of total cholesterol, metabolic syndrome is sometimes missed. Metabolic syndrome is a new kind of cardiac risk factor that is when for eg. triglycerides are over 250 and HDL is less than 40, the risk of heart attack doubles even when the total cholesterol is in level.

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