Valentine's Day is right around the corner and it's time to show your love to that special someone. Hopefully you will include yourself as a special someone by being good to your heart. Having a healthy heart is not only about eating right and getting regular exercise. There are other important factors in our lives that support the mind, body and spirit, and will be great for cardiovascular health!
We have all heard the phrase, "Laughter is the best medicine". You can help your heart by getting a daily dose of laughter to fight off stress hormones. A good belly laugh increases oxygen flow to your brain, heart and lungs, as well as giving your abs a workout. So don't just "lol", literally laugh out loud! The more you laugh, the more calories you will burn and the harder your heart will work.
LOVE is nourishment for the heart. Studies show that happily married couples have less risk of heart disease, and are likely to live longer. The pitter-patter of a heart in love triggers the brain to release hormones such as dopamine, adrenaline, and norepinephrine, which make your heart beat faster and stronger. Research from Yale University supports that individuals in love or those who felt love actually had less blockage in their coronary arteries. Furthermore, loving support from family, friends and community can help to reduce stress in your life which works to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Treat yourself to some love and laughter this Valentine's Day. It will be good for your heart health and certainly help you to "Feel Better and Live Longer!"
Jody Anderson, RN, CHC
Succeed Health- Algoma