Heart - Love It or Die in 5 Ways

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The annual World Heart Day is on the last Sunday of September (9/28/2008). And the theme for this year is "Know Your Risk!" It is better to be late than never to highlight this heart-felt occasion.

Here are the 5 risks factors and what you can do about it:
1. Old age: Here are 5 ways to slow down your aging
• Be happy - make it a habit from within.
• Be contented- think of what you have and not what you want.
• Be connected - relationships give you meaning in life and happiness.
• Be active -mentally, physically and spiritually.
• Be curious - lifelong learning is the key.

2. High blood pressure: Here are the top 5 high risk professions:(see the remedies below)
• Finance and banking staff: They are under a lot of pressure, always facing the monitor and do very little physical activities.
• Media people: They do not have regular working hours and they work under extreme pressure.
• Wealth management executives: They are very busy and doing boring work.
• Self- employed: They work alone and without much support and they also work at irregular hours.
• IT workers: Their work is very challenging and demanding and they work under great pressure in order to keep themselves up-to-date.

3. High blood sugar: Here are 5 preventive measures to take note:
• Control your weight
• Eat a healthy diet
• Exercise regularly
• Manage stress
• Drink plenty of water instead of carbonated drink to quench your thirst

4. High blood cholesterol: Here are 5 ways to reduced it:
• Eat food rich in Omega-3
• Eat red fruits and vegetables
• Eat onion and garlic
• Eat fiber-rich food
• Drink a glass of red wine daily

5 Heavy smokers: Here are 5 tips to quit smoking
• Tell the world that you are quitting.
• Throw away all your cigarettes and accessories.
• Avoid places and situations where you normally smoke.
• Take up exercise if you have not done so.
• Munch carrots, celery and other healthy food instead of smoke.

There are 5 types of people with a weak heart:
1. People who are depressed: They are less likely to exercise and the chances of getting heart diseases are high.
2. Lonely people: They are staying alone without support and no body to care about them. They are most likely to take up smoking.
3. Those people who are under tremendous pressure: Stress management is very important for these people.
4. Housewives: They are always eating leftover at home and are likely to get high cholesterol and develop a weak heart.
5. People who are obese: They are not interested in exercise and they have too much work to do.

Here are the 5 ways to address the problems:
1. Laugh 5 minutes every day: According to research when you watch a 5-minute comedy it will loosen your blood vessel and increase your blood flow for 45 minutes
2. Sleep well and have a nap daily: According to researchers when you take a nap in the afternoon you will reduce the chances of getting heart diseases by 1/3.
3. Avoid second- hand smoke: Always stay away from polluted areas and especial places were there are smokers.
4. Eat at home: The food at home is definitely heart friendly than the fast food outlets.
5. Exercise: Do regular exercise to stimulate the flow of the blood.

Love your heart and it will give you in return the best gift in life - your health.

Charles Chua C K  devotes his time to writing articles about his past experiences relating to health, career, money, home, relationships, education, happiness, Feng Shui, writing and more. The aim of his articles is to share useful tips about life with his readers. Please visit his blog at allaboutlivingwithlife.blogspot.com

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