Nine suggestions to keep the beat…
<< maintaining cool balance involves limiting
heating foods such as salsa, peppers, garlic, hot
spices, red meat, coffee, alcohol and refined
starches. Instead, opt for green leafy vegetables,
fruits, beans, organic chicken and turkey and
4. Just Breathe
Specific pranayama, or yogic breathing techniques,
along with meditation, calm the system. Many
people can learn to reduce their blood pressure
simply through breathing exercises.
A simple pranayama technique: inhale for six
counts and exhale for eight counts for 10 minutes while relaxing in a cool, dark room. Follow
with 10-15 minutes of meditation for a heart-healthy day.
5. Heart-Pumping Remedies An inactive lifestyle is one of the risk factors for heart disease, so increase your heart’s strength and efficiency by keeping your body moving with enjoyable activities, especially in the out- doors, at least five days a week. Yoga, walking, swimming and cycling are only a few of many heart healthy options. Ayurveda suggests exercising to only half of one’s maximum capacity. While people with a competi- tive nature may adhere to the adage of no pain, no gain, over-exercising can put strain on the body, and subsequently the heart.
6. Drink Up
Hydration is important to help prevent clogging
of the arteries, so drink half of your ideal body
weight in ounces of water every day. For example,
a 150 pound person should drink 75 ounces of
pure water – this doesn’t include coffee, tea, juice
or other beverages.
7. Shut Your Eyes
Poor sleep has been linked with high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, heart failure, heart attack
and stroke, diabetes, and obesity, so sleep for
seven to eight hours nightly.
8. Supplement for Heart Health
Specific formulations of herbs, vitamins, and
minerals tailored for your body and suggested by
a qualified practitioner can help support whole
heart health. Some heart healthy supplements
include arjuna (Terminalia arjuna), Vitamin B- 6,
folic acid, magnesium, coenzyme Q- 10, and push-karmool (Inula racemosa).
9. Use the Right Salt
The salt that our heart needs is more complex
than the standard table salt that is sodium and
chloride alone. Heart-healthy salt blends include
a variety of other minerals such as potassium,
magnesium, potassium, selenium, and others.
Dr. Virender Sodhi is an Ayurvedic Vaidya (physician) with an
MD (Ayurveda) from Dayanand Ayurvedic College in Punjab, India.
He has also earned an ND degree from Bastyr University in Seattle
and is one of the founders of R-U-VED Ayurvedic Products. He will
be a presenter at the 2012 National Ayurvedic Medical Association
Conference in April. For more information, visit: Ruved.net
Specific pranayama, or yogic breathing
techniques, along with meditation,
calm the system. Many people can learn
to reduce their blood pressure simply
through breathing exercises.