Vedic Mantras suggest that everyone should aspire to live a healthy life for at least 100 years.
Among these mantras is:
तच्चक्षुर्देवहितं पुरस्ताच्छुक्रमुच्चरत् । पश्येम शरदः शतं जीवेम शरदः शतं श्रुणुयाम शरदः शतं प्रब्रवाम शरदः शतमदीनाः स्याम शरदः शतं भूयश्च शरदः शतात् ॥
(शुक्लयजुर्वेदसंहिता, अध्याय 36, मंत्र 24)
(तच्चक्षुर्देवहितं पुरस्ताच्छुक्रमुच्चरत् = तत् चक्षुः देवहितं पुरस्तात् शुक्रम् उच्चरत्)
This verse emphasizes the need for humans to live a divine existence, which is equivalent to living the life of a God or a Goddess. Human beings should strive to live a fulfilling and healthy life of one hundred years and to do this. Everyone should observe the rising sun from the east in the morning.
Therefore, it is important to keep a healthy lifestyle with a healthy diet, regular exercise, yoga, and meditation, and the habit of rising early. All these factors affect your cardiovascular health.
Additionally, you cannot imagine good health if your heart is not in good shape. Hence, make sure your heart is in good shape. Making simple, easy-to-follow, and even pleasurable changes to your lifestyle can reduce your risk of heart disease.
1. Increase your intake of vegetables, fruits, and herbs
Humans are best suited to a vegetarian diet. Mother Nature designed it that way. The more vegetables and herbs you eat, the better your cardiac health will be. Studies have shown that those who eat plant-based diets are less likely to suffer from heart disease.
Fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that are good for the heart, including antioxidants, fiber, potassium, and vitamins A, B, and C. Give your body a healthy vegetarian diet and your heart will be happy.
2. It’s a wonder drug
Exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease like a magic pill. Similarly, know that exercise is a ‘wonder drug’ that produces benefits regardless of how you take it. Don’t skip your daily cardio and stretching exercises.
Besides exercise, you can swim, run, brisk walk, ride a bicycle, play outdoor games, and do household chores.
Exercise under the expert guidance of an instructor if you are eager to do intense exercises.
3. Get up and go for a walk
Sedentary lifestyles and prolonged sitting are unhealthy. It has been shown that they contribute to heart disease and diabetes. Be sure to get up and frequently move if you have a sitting job.
The benefits of breaks are still apparent even when they are short. You can keep your heart healthy by standing up, moving around the office, or climbing stairs.
4. Reduce your Salt Intake
Don’t consume too much salt in your diet. Reduce the amount of salt you use in your cooking and avoid adding any extra salt to your food.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends limiting salt intake to less than 5 grams per day for adults to reduce blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and heart attack.
5. Limit your sugar intake as well
You read that right, too much sugar in your diet may be even worse for your blood pressure than salt. You could gain weight, which could increase your blood pressure and lead to heart disease. Manage your sugar intake as well.
6. Manage your Stress Level
Your risk of heart disease increases because stress keeps your body in a fighting mode, causing high blood pressure, heartburns, and other unhealthy conditions.
Antidotes are necessary to deal with it. Meditation, Deep Breathing Techniques, and Yoga are like that antidote. Regular practice improves blood circulation and lowers blood pressure.
7. Give Value to your Relationships
A loving family relationship has incredible power. This gives you a solid reason to lead a healthy lifestyle, resulting in better health and happiness.
It would help if you avoided family disagreements at all costs and negative emotions such as fear, anger, dissatisfaction, insecurity, jealousy, etc. Having a cordial atmosphere at home naturally leads to healthy hearts for all the family members.
8. Stay Away from Bad Habits
This is of utmost importance if you want to keep your heart healthy. Unhealthy addictions are one of the critical causes of fatal heart diseases. They can affect your heart by causing high BP and abnormal heartbeats.
It may seem difficult to control such habits at times, but with strong willpower and ‘affirmation practice’, anybody can stop any bad habit.
So, make plans, seek expert support and medical care, but pull out all the stops to recover from any unhealthy addiction.
9. Take the Right Amount of Sleep Every Night
Poor sleep has been linked to high blood pressure and can even cause heart problems. Furthermore, it can make you less likely to want to exercise, practice Yoga, or meditate-and that is not good for your heart.
Sleep is a time when your heart can recharge and refresh. During deep sleep, your heart rate is relaxed, your body is calm, and your hormones are balanced.
Overall, getting seven to eight hours of sleep is super healthy for your heart and overall wellbeing. Stick to that religiously.
10. Stay Happy
Probably the essential factor for a healthy heart!
Keeping your heart healthy is extremely important. Be sure to do such things that can make you feel happy, and don’t forget to laugh out loud often in your daily life. Staying happy lowers stress hormones in your body and boosts happy hormones.
Hence, you can maintain a healthy heart for a long time by surrounding yourself with positive emotions daily.
Therefore, it is advisable not to let critical heart disease be a part of your life in any way. Getting up early in the morning, doing yoga, exercising, meditating, and eating a healthy plant-based diet are all ways to stay healthy. By making this habit a habit, your heart will remain healthy and happy forever, enabling you to live a long and prosperous life.