Exploring Your Heart's Health
Wow. Of all the things going on in your body - of which there are SO many things going on all at once, and so much we know very little about - there are some core powerhouses that our body really relies on.
Are you thinking of the same organ that I am?
Because you’ve read the title for this article, you probably already know where I’m going with this. And that’s fine, I’m an open book here! Yes, the heart is one of my favorites.
And it’s not just because the heart symbolizes love, but because the heart really is the most incredible organ in our body. 35 - 37 days after you are conceived, your little heart starts beating. From then on it beats all the way up until the day you die. It’s with you for pretty much your whole life. This is absolutely incredible.
This also means, that protecting your heart and caring for it is essential for not only living, but for getting the most out of your life. Take care of that beautiful beating organ and enjoy the life that you have!
So with that pep-talk, let’s learn a little about the heart. <3
Here are some fun facts about your heart (Referenced through Article 1):
Newborn babies have the fastest heart beats with around 70 to 190 beats per minute.
Your heart beats around 100,000 times a day. (Crazy! Especially when you think about this happening every day, every week, and every year.)
Your heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood a day.
There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in your body. (You could travel just under 2.5 times around the earth's equator with this many miles.)
The heart works twice as hard as the leg muscles of a sprinter.
The average heartbeat of a woman is about 8 beats a minute faster than a man's heartbeat.
Why is your heart health so important?
Well, as stated above, your heart does some essential work for your body. But it does so much more than just beat and pump blood. It is the linchpin for most of the processes in your body.
“The heart beats about 2.5 billion times over the average lifetime, pushing millions of gallons of blood to every part of the body. This steady flow carries with it oxygen, fuel, hormones, other compounds, and a host of essential cells. It also whisks away the waste products of metabolism. When the heart stops, essential functions fail, some almost instantly.” (Article 2.)
When your body is healthy and you get the right nutrients, your heart is able to function optimally and care for you as you go about your daily adventures. Let’s talk about how you can keep an eye out for your heart.
What can cause issues with your heart?
There are many things that can play a part in harming your heart's health.
But let’s look deeper. What is really going on when some of these problems happen for your heart?
“A key problem is atherosclerosis. This is the accumulation of pockets of cholesterol-rich gunk inside the arteries. These pockets, called plaque, can limit blood flow through arteries that nourish the heart — the coronary arteries — and other arteries throughout the body. When a plaque breaks apart, it can cause a heart attack or stroke.” (Article 2)
I’ll compare this for a moment with doing the dishes - I know, it’s everyone’s favorite chore. When you keep up with the dishes and take care to clean and put them away each time you use them, there’s rarely a build up and the kitchen sink stays clean. But overtime, without care and maintenance (diet and exercise), the dishes pile up, the sink overflows and becomes hard to use. Suddenly you can’t find the clean dishes you need and you stop using the kitchen as a whole.
Taking care of your heart is like this metaphor. It takes intentional awareness and care to maintain the beautiful beating organ that keeps you going everyday. In the coming weeks I want to talk about how you can care for your heart and use tools like light therapy to heal and care for your heart moving forward!
In the meantime, get out there and enjoy all of this beautiful weather!
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