Your Heart

The Heart. Did you know you’re heart thinks for itself?  The heart also sends signals and commands to the brain as vice versa. Why when a person is considered clinically brain dead do the medical staff ‘ask’ permission to release the patient? Because technically the heart can run your body all on it’s own. The reason for releasing a technically brain dead patient is because science has yet to find a way to communicate with a patient through their heart alone.

Your heart is a miraculous piece of kit, not only does it run blood through your body, it oxygenates your blood and passes electromagnetic waves of information from A to B, from heart to brain. Now what exactly they talk about is up for debate but one thing has been scientifically proven. Your heart sends out electromagnetic waves that are capable of reaching out over nearly a two mile radius. What might you ask for? Scroll down this page to the Spirit Science link and find out!

An apple a day…

The humble apple contains Vitamin C and phenols to reduce cholesterol and before we all had toothbrushes eating an apple was probably one of the best ways to keep your teeth clean. Given the suspected link between gum disease and heart disease, this is maybe why we’re advised to ”eat an apple before bed and keep your doctor from earning his bread”.

Dark Chocolate…

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Dark chocolate raises serotonin levels to keep you happy and calm while the anti-oxidant flavonoids (from the Latin word flavous meaning yellow their colour in nature are a class of plant secondary metabolites) to help lower cholesterol. Most interestingly it also contains epicatechin, which increases levels of nitric oxide in the blood. This miraculous molecule can lower blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels and may turn out to be one of the most important markers of heart health.

Get you oats…

There are at least four good reasons to have a bowl of porridge for breakfast, only one of which is the soluble fibre which can lower cholesterol levels. Oats are also very beneficial for maintaining blood sugar levels, they’re rich in calcium and potassium and are great for your digestive health.

Eat fish…

Oily fish is the best source of Omega 3 essential fats, this thins the blood and lowers cholesterol. People who eat oily fish or take a fish oil supplement regularly are less likely to suffer a heart attack than those who don’t. Simple as that. Go for a sustainable species such as sardines, mackerel or herring.

Drink red wine…

Most people’s favourite health food, second to dark chocolate is moderate quantities of red wine which has long been known to lower the risk of heart disease. Resveratrol is the principle anti-oxidant in red wine and it is thought to reduce platelet aggression which prevents excess blood clotting and reduces cholesterol levels.

Drink green tea…

All foods that contain anti-oxidants are good for your heart and green tea contains high levels of the strongly anti-oxidant polyphenols. These increase nitric oxide, a molecule with a host of heart health benefits. Green tea also contains catechins which can reduce the risk of gum disease, itself a risk factor associated with heart disease.

Berries… 

Along with green tea, berries are a good source of anti-oxidant polyphenols which can dilate blood vessels hence reducing blood pressure. A broad range of other anti-oxidants also lower cholesterol and maintains healthy blood vessel walls. We all know blueberries are a  superfood but all berries are super… strawberries, raspberries, blackberries. Eat as broad a selection as you can get seasonally.

Eat whole grains…

Whole grains are, as the name suggests, whole. They contain all of the nutrients and minerals and anti-oxidants present in the seed and are known to be high in dietary fibre, particularly soluble fibre which is beneficial for reducing cholesterol levels. Soluble fibre in the gut binds to bile and acids that would otherwise be converted into cholesterol and removes them from the body.

Eat beans…

Along with whole grains, beans are a valuable source of soluble fibre. They are also rich in folate, one of the B Vitamins that can reduce levels of homocysteine  (Homocysteine  is a non-protein amino acid) a key marker for an increased risk of heart disease.

Go nuts…

A handful of nuts eaten a few times a week can reduce your chance of heart disease by 40%. The plant fibre and essential fats in nuts reduce cholesterol and they’re also rich in arginine, a precursor of nitric oxide which dilates blood vessels and thus reduces blood pressure.

As well as the obvious methods of looking after your heart I have found a brilliant article on your heart by Spirit Science. Please sit tight and enjoy the following link from YouTube.

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