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Feb 2021: The month of loving your heart!

Picture: Sam Manns on Unsplash

By Andre Comrie

Since we are in the month of love, let’s take a look at things we can do to show our hearts a bit of TLC!

Some recommendations are really fun!

How about being a kid again for a little while each day? Playing games gets us moving, gets our hearts pumping and our lungs properly aerated. Play is usually accompanied by lots of laughter. That’s a great thing! Laughing out aloud lowers stress hormones, reduces inflammation in our arteries and even raises the levels of our good cholesterol (high density lipoprotein or HDL). This is documented by the American Heart Association, so is accepted by the medical profession.

Play and laughter are good for you. How about being a kid again? Picture: Senjuti Kundu on Unsplash

Then celebrate a little with a good, wholesome meal. Add some red wine to make it festive – the Mayo Clinic assures us that it’s a heart-healthy thing to do. We know that the Mediterranean diet is good for our health – they also routinely enjoy wine, preferably red.

Is red wine good for the heart?

Dessert can be fresh fruits, nuts and a square of two dark chocolate! Both the wine and the chocolate (also dark coloured fruits like berries and black grapes) are rich in phytonutrients called flavonoids which help reduce inflammation and lower the risk of heart disease – claims also supported by science.

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Nuts, such as almonds, walnuts and pecans are rich in protein, fibre and heart-healthy fats, so can also reduce our risk of developing heart disease.

A glass of red wine does no harm at all… in fact, some research shows it’s good for your heart (in moderation).

We also need to learn how to make small stretches of time where we can switch off from the stresses and strains of life – and from our phones! On the way back from work or the shops, change your route now and then and enjoy the trip. When you get home, find a quiet place where you are free to unwind, meditate, read something worthwhile and generally pamper yourself a little. It might seem indulgent but it’s actually life saving.

Now read: Your heart will thank you for it

Eating a wholesome diet goes without saying, but something that might be difficult to achieve, certainly here in South Africa, is getting enough Omega 3 oils. These are so essential for our hearts and cardiovascular system. But don’t stress about that! Stress is itself not good for your heart!

Rather find a good, pure, proven supplement and be certain that you’re getting what you need!

If you want to know which one I use, please get in touch.

Contact: André on 084 506 3643.

Dark chocolate’s a healthy treat, as long as you don’t smash the whole bar. Picture: Monika Grabkowska on Unsplash

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