Humans are powerful, intelligent, innovative and resourceful. It is for these reasons that we have developed and surpassed every other living creature on this planet. However, in spite of how far we have come and all the advancements we make, to a large degree our bodies are still fragile and often, without warning, events can happen that put our lives at risk.
Among these is the frightening and potential deadly heart attack.
Every 37 seconds someone dies of a heart attack in North America. And while many people can be saved and go on to lead a full and healthy life after a heart attack, there is a common misconception that the power of medicine lays in saving heart-attack victims, when, in reality, there is much that can be done to prevent it from ever happening.
Best of all, these solutions are natural and are not associated with any complications.
Have the Fish: According to Harvard School of Public Health, the ingredient in fish that makes it so heart healthy is omega-3 fatty acids. Like aspirin, fatty acids add oil to the blood making it harder for platelets to form a potential fatal clot.
Anti-inflammatory Diet: Many researchers believe that inflammation increases the risk of a heart attack. Dr. Ernst Schaefer, chief of the Lipid Metabolism Laboratory at Tufts University in Boston, says the best way to lower CRP (C-reactive protein) is to lose weight, and to keep away from processed foods and many dessert items that are high in pro-inflammatory omega – 6 fatty acids.
Lower Blood Cholesterol: Eating citrus and palm fruit extract can been proven effective in lowering total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL the bad cholesterol, and in increasing HDL, the good cholesterol. It can also be helpful to eat some almonds every day and increase your daily intake of fibre through oat bran, peas, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Have a Drink: Sir William Osler was very accurate when he remarked, “Alcohol is for the elderly what milk is for the young.” Alcohol relaxes coronary arteries, decreases the risk of a blood clot and increases good cholesterol. However, like anything in life, moderation is key.
Take a Walk: Knowledge that diet and exercise is crucial to overall health is old news; however, that doesn’t make it any less valid. Keeping active doesn’t necessarily require you going to the gym 5 days a week; in most cases, walking the right amount each day can do wonders for keeping your body healthy. 10,000 steps a day is an ideal goal, and with the abundance of fitness trackers and apps available, you can even turn your fitness goals into a game and compete with friends.
While the idea of having a heart attack is certainly scary and is nothing that someone plans to do, it should be noted that by taking the right steps and lifestyle changes, you will find that you not only look better and feel better, but you will have also decreased your risk of a heart attack significantly.