heart-health

Hope you’re all having a great day! I just wanted to share something I’m proud of with all of you. Today we had our first annual health fair at my university and it went so well! Our poster was sought out to be a display in our athletic center on campus and we had health services trying to get it too! It took a long time to work on but I’m proud of how it turned out! We focused on the importance of both aerobic (cardio) and non- aerobic (strength training) exercise on heart health. Definitely some interesting finds if any of you have any questions about it!

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Why Vegans Have Better Blood

A plant-based diet can lower your blood pressure, according to research released today in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association. The meta-analysis confirmed a very promising health benefit of being a vegetarian: an enviably lower blood pressure than your omnivorous friends.

“If you’re eating animal fat, your blood is actually thicker and has a hard time circulating. So the heart has to push harder to get the blood to flow. If you’re not eating meat, your blood viscosity drops and your blood pressure drops. We think that’s the more important reason.”

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SVT

I have had SVT (Supra ventricular Tachycardia) since I was in middle school (about 12 years) It is a condition that causes severe heart palpitations due to an extra part of the heart which causes it to get stuck going fast (think like the horrible noise you get when you put a microphone too close to the speaker, that feedback) and can cause many other problems, in general, just plain not fun, and painful. Attacks would last anywhere from a few seconds (rarely was this the case), to hours on end (almost always the case) with heart beats reaching up to about 240 bpm. In April I had an attack so bad that an ambulance was called and I ended up in the ER for several hours. (My heart rate was about 260 BPM, and my blood pressure was at 10…) After that I decided it was finally time to do something about it, even though I was terrified of the idea of surgery of any sort, I was more terrified of this making my life worse, or even worse, ending it. In June I had a procedure called a Cardiac Ablation, it involved 4 catheters being inserted into my inner thigh, and up through the vein into my heart. Electrical signals were sent off to find the location of the extra piece by starting up the SVT, and then a special catheter was sent in, to BURN A PIECE OFF OF MY HEART. Normally the procedure takes several hours to locate and burn, they were able to seek and destroy in an hour and a half! It has been nearly 5 months now since the procedure and I couldn't be happier with my decision to get it done finally. I have not had any attacks, and have been able to run around and go out and enjoy life without the worry of having an attack ruin an entire day. TL:DR: Had heart condition, Had Surgery finally, SO MUCH BETTER NOW.

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Research shows that one out of every 100 children has a potentially fatal heart defect. Not even the luck of the Irish can help with those odds when you are talking about sudden cardiac arrest.

Sudden cardiac arrest is what happens when a heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. It has become a leading cause of death of student athletes. 

Because sudden cardiac arrest can affect any seemingly healthy student, athlete, or child, it is important to know the symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest, and to listen to your body.

Fainting: Fainting is the #1 warning sign of sudden cardiac arrests and usually occurs immediately after physical activity or as a result of emotional distress. Don’t assume it is from exhaustion or dehydration.

Unexplained shortness of breath: It’s normal to loose your breath during exercise or at practice. However, if you are experiencing shortness of breath during normal activity or your breath loss is severe during or after exercise, you should have it checked by a physician.

Extreme Fatigue: Of course you’ll get tired when you have to do three hornpipes in a row, but if you are more sluggish than everyone else or you feel like you don’t have any energy, check it out.

Unusually Rapid Heart Rate or Chest Pains: If your heart is racing or it feels like it is going to jump out of your chest, your body is telling you something may be wrong. Make sure you listen.

We listen to the beat in Irish dance. We should listen to our heartbeat too.

DIY Heart Healthy Syrup

Yay! The first medicine I’ve prepared for my herbal first aid cupboard is a Heart Healthy Syrup! Here’s what I did, step by step. (Warning, Image heavy post!!)

The main medicinal ingredient in this syrup is chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemum is a great overall healthy herb, it helps reduce fevers and infections and has lots of antioxidants.  It has also been known to lower blood pressure levels and increase blood flow to the heart. I’ll probably make a fever reducing syrup later on, but there are more herbs I’d like to add to that so today I focused on the heart aspect.

(**NOTE: Please do not change medication of a diagnosed illness without consulting an actual medical professional!)

Alrighty, so first you’ll need some stuff…

  • Chrysanthemum (I used dried flowers, the kind for making tea.)
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Small sauce pan
  • Small strainer
  • Something to stir with. A whisk will help later on too.
  • A funnel
  • Containers for storage (I used recycled brandy bottles.)

Step 1!

Add ¼ cup of chrysanthemum and a quart (4 cups) of cold water to your sauce pan. Its important for the water to be cold or room temp so everything infuses as it heats up together. 

Step 2!

Heat on medium temp. and bring to a simmer. Simmer liquid on med-low or low (depending on your stove) and reduce it to about ½ or a pint (2 cups.) This will take awhile so be patient. The important thing is to not heat to too high too quickly.

Step 3!

Strain your mixture into a separate container. Pour back into the pot. You don’t have to, but I added food coloring at this step to tell my syrups apart more easily.

Step 4!

Add two cups of sweetener. I used one cup of sugar and one cup of honey. You can use whatever sweetener you have, agave, sugar, honey, brown sugar, even maple syrup. Some recipes will say just use one cup of sweetener especially if you’re just going to refrigerate it, but I used more as a preservative and to make it shelf safe. Add the sugar first and whisk to dissolve, then add your honey.

Step 5!

Warm over low heat and stir well for about 30 minutes. Again this will be tedious, but slow and steady wins the race, you don’t want your sugars to burn. It will thicken and reduce to about half again.

Step 6! 

You’re almost done! Use a funnel to pour the warm syrup into empty, glass containers. Leave them on the counter to cool. After they’ve cooled, don’t forget to label and date them.

Treats high blood pressure/hypertension and heart irregularities

Directions: Take one spoonful by mouth daily, or add to warm tea.

Hope you enjoyed! I’ll add my tutorial for a stomachache syrup tonight! :)

The 10 Commandments For Health, Happiness and a Sexy Waist*

1.    Pick a protein morning, noon and night. Be sure to eat breakfast every morning.

2.    Pick at least 2 colors (vegetables and fruits) morning, noon and night.

3.    Drink water, 6 to 8 glasses daily (48 to 64 oz). Other healthy beverages include: sparkling water, Low-sodium V8® juice, skim milk, coconut milk, coffee, and tea. NO sweet beverages (no sweeteners either natural or artificial).

4.    Do not eat or drink anything with added sugar. Also avoid grains; especially shun anything made with wheat, even whole wheat. If you are near your ideal weight, one daily serving of whole grain wild rice, quinoa, steel-cut oats, or pearled barley is acceptable.

5.    Adopt a pet; a dog that needs daily walking is perfect. 

6.    Drink in moderation. Not more than 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks daily.

7.    Exercise 30 to 50 minutes most days. Shoot for not less than 150 minutes of at least moderate exercise per week. Include weight lifting at least 20 to 30 minutes, 2 or 3 times weekly.

8.    Sleep 7½ to 9 hoursnightly.

9.    Take supplements of omega-3 (1,000 to 1,500 mg of EPA + DHA daily), and vitamin D3 (2,000 I.U. daily).

10. Tap into the Power of Love. Put your family first. Commit long-term to your partner/ significant other. Try to stay close, emotionally and physically to your parents, children, grandparents, and siblings. Build and maintain a social network that supports healthy behaviors such as exercise. Cultivate your spirituality and attend a faith-based service about once per week; denomination does not matter, whatever resonates best with your soul. Even a yoga class can count as spirituality time.

*No tobacco allowed.