High blood pressure, cardiac arrest, heart attacks, and by-pass surgeries are all a result of poor heart health.

According to the Mayo Clinic, common heart attack signs and symptoms include the following:

  • Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back
  • Nausea, indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness

Your heart is a small (about the size of your fist) yet vital muscle in your body.  It pumps blood throughout your body and beats 100,000 times a day.  It also delivers oxygen and nutrients to your entire body.

Here are five ways to take care of this organ that works around the clock to keep you alive and healthy:

1. Lower your stress levels. 

Stress is a serious problem in our society.  Go against the culture and lower your stress levels.  Yes, you have a job offer that will raise your salary by 25%, yet your stress levels will triple.  Is it really worth it to have a an increase in salary when you will pay for that increase via extra stress?  Go here to learn some de-stressing tips.

2.  Give your body sufficient rest.

When you rest your body is able to repair itself.  Running on adrenaline alone for long periods of time is terrible for your heart.  I personally know of young ladies (25 years old and younger) who did not prioritize rest and paid for it with heart problems. 

Yes, there are seasons in life where you may not get as much sleep at night.  Can you find 15 minutes in your schedule to take a nap?  Can you say no to obligations that are not priorities and would hinder your getting enough rest?

3. Brush your teeth

Along with preserving your teeth and gums, brushing your teeth will help keep your heart healthy.  Brushing your teeth may prevent inflammation and bacteria from entering your blood stream, harming your blood vessels, and causing a heart attack.  Go here to read more.

4.  Exercise

No, you don’t necessarily need to work out at the gym or train for a marathon, but be sure that you are not sitting in an office chair or couch all day.

Exercise keeps the blood in your body circulating well and also reduces stress.  I’ve discovered for myself that even a twenty-minute walk in fresh air can help my heart tremendously.

If you have an office job, get up and walk as often as possible.  If your job offers a standing desk, take it.  A taller chair will allow you to sit for a few minutes at a time rather than all day.

Go here to learn how to exercise more.

5.  Take care of your gut health.

The condition of your gut directly affects almost every other part of your health.  If there is inflammation in your gut from sugar, fast food, and processed foods, your heart’s health may suffer.  Instead, eat these foods that will make your heart happy and healthy.

If you are experiencing troubles with your heart, be sure to see a doctor right away.  Heart problems are serious and should not be taken lightly.

If you have a history of heart problems in your family, it is imperative for you to take care of your heart.  Just because you are prone to heart problems, it does not mean that you will have them no matter what.  It’s important make an effort to avoid heart problems before they begin or become serious.  I’d love to share with you exactly which natural remedies have worked for me, my family, and my customers.  Just fill out this short questionnaire and I will reply to you with your personalized recommendation.  I’d love to do all I can to help you!

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