“A step for man and leap for mankind” well its those steps we are talking about, nor is the traditional seven steps though forget the phere, we could do a savitri here, since these steps are about keeping our heart healthy.
Lets look at why we need to keep the heart healthy, after all we look at fractions the area occupied by the heart is rather small. But it is the power house, which moves the blood, the arterial and venous pipes carry the blood no doubt but it is the heart that is the centre of the system which is vital to our survival,. It is the heart that carries the blood to the lungs to be oxygenated, it is the heart that carries the oxygenated blood to the rest of the body, and for all thet the heart is a hollow muscular organ as a pump for the movement of blood through the body.
All the body cells require oxygen and the metabolic residue carbon dioxide has to be given out, this process occurs at the lungs, but ensuring that the carbon dioxide carrying blood goes to the lung and getting back oxygenated blood, is the responsibility of the heart. In efficiency results in the oxygen-carbon dioxide balance.
The blood that is oxygenated, also carries the required nutrients to the cells, the food digested at the stomach and instetine gets absorbed into the bloodstream, each of these nutrients are essential for the optimal function of the body. once the nutrients are taken up the cells, the metabolic waste created gets poured into the venous blood and it is brought to the heart for purification.
In addition the heart also plays a role in Hormone delivery since hormones are created by ductless glands they are directly poured into the blood stream, which carries it to the designated destination. The gland sense the level of the hormone in the blood, and regulates itself.
Regulation of body temperature is another major responsibility of the cardiovascular system, when the body temperatures rises, the peripheral arteries dilate, this allows the body to dispel the excess heat through the skin. This is essential because body physiology works best in a narrow temperature range.
If I were to give you the saptapadi for a healthy heart then here goes,
- Be physically active, the activity has to be distributed through the day.
- Eat healthy food, that is grown locally, and suits the local climate. If you are a migrant to a new town, contact an Ayurvedic Physician not a dietician to help you chalk a healthy diet.
- Maintain adequate weight, though BMI index is a great indicator, the general rule of thumb does not work here, again I would recommend consult an ayurvedic physician who will give you the right weight for your kind of prakriti.
- Avoid smoking and using tobacco products. Intake of alcohol should also be minimum.
- Adequate sleep is essential. Again it could depend any where from 5hrs to 8hrs, this depends on the kind of work done and kind of prakriti of person. age and sex are secondary considerations.
- Keeping stress levels low, I shall discuss techniques in my next blog.
- When it comes to dietary salt and fats I go by what my Ayurveda colleague says
At the end of the day, it is all about balance, adequate physical work, appropriate food, and allowing our selves to relax.
Shall we go on a six weeks get a younger heart program, we start with 10 mnts exercise we can later build it up making an appointment with Ayurveda doctor for our dietary chart and learning to de-stress by turning all our electronic devices off that is mobiles, laptops, androids, tablets, from 10 pm to 7pm to start with, and gradually get gizmo free from 8pm-8am.
Think about it, if you require a support net lets create one.