Imagine this: it’s early morning. It’s time to eat breakfast, your daily dose of mega-protein breakfast is laid out in front of you – 10 strips of bacon, 3 hotdogs, 2 eggs, and jug full of milk (okay, maybe no one eats THIS much, but you get the point). Your “healthy” breakfast is now underway.
Then after breakfast comes a full lunch, comprising of your favorites: steak and mashed potatoes. Before you know it, it’s dinnertime, and you say hello to another round of delicious, but not so very healthy foods. Though it may seem reasonable because you’re famished (as always), this eating pattern has now become a part of your daily routine.
It initially feels right to stuff your body full of all the food and energy that it is going to need in order to survive another day. This kind of habit makes you feel that you are healthy since you are eating three times a day.
Then again, there are things that you regularly do that you thought were harmless to your body, but are actually harming you one bite after another.
So you start eating vegetables. You try to ignore your cravings for a mouth-watering pork chop. At some point, you let go of the tension and decide to “give yourself a break” with a ton of french fries as a snack.
You may have changed your diet, but it does not guarantee that you are already healthy. This is just another habit that you thought was OK, but may actually be harming your body.
One of the things that takes the worst hit in your body is your heart. Without you knowing, you may have certain habits that are actually destroying your healthy heart in the long run.
Try to think about your life choices so far. Consider which of the following habits you are currently practicing, and see if it’s about time to stop them in order to save you tons of money in hospital bills – or worse.
Know Your Heart
Even though the functions of the heart might seem mundane to you, the organ still serves as one of them most, if not the most, important organ inside your body. It is vital to make sure that your heart gets enough attention from you in order to prevent anything that might disrupt its main responsibility – pumping blood throughout your body.
Remember that your blood holds the life-sustaining oxygen and nutrients that your body needs. No organ inside your body has the ability to pump blood like the heart. In other words, it might be easy to change your whole house air purifier but that is not the case with your heart.
Habits That Can Damage Your Heart
The following are some of the worst habits that you might want to consider removing from your routine in order to keep your heart healthy:
- You Sit All Day
If you don’t have a daily exercise routine, you tend to always end up sitting in front of your computer or television. But you might want to consider standing up and getting your running shoes and sports attire. People who spend at least five hours a day sitting have a higher rate of heart failure. Consider walking around your campus or outside your office during lunch breaks if you really cannot avoid sitting for too long.
- You Eat Too Much
Overeating destroys your heart. No matter how much you love eating pizza or burgers. At some point, you just need to stop. As the song says, too much love can kill you.
- You Sleep Too Much
Sleeping beauty is the only person who stays healthy even after oversleeping. Obviously, you are not Aurora, and you are not in an animated film. Sleeping too much can harm your heart by putting it through extreme levels of blood pressure and levels of stress. In addition, making a habit of sleeping less than five hours a day can also damage your heart. Thus, make sure you sleep well every day.
- You Do Not Floss Everyday
You read it right. If you do not floss regularly, chances are your heart might be damaged. Recent studies concluded that cardiac health conditions and dental diseases are related to each other. Your swollen gums open the door for bacteria that want to enter your mouth’s blood vessels. The bacteria can eventually reach your heart and result in the narrowing of the blood vessels in and on the heart itself.
- You’re Dealing With Too Much Stress
Stress (usually financial) can also affect your heart’s health. More so if it leads to you thinking about how to pay your hospital bills! If you are starting to feel too much stress, learn to stop, relax and restart. You have to learn how to manage your stress levels. Extremely high stress levels can result in high blood pressure, depression or even insomnia. These negative results can disturb your active lifestyle and affect you health altogether.
- You Consume Too Much Salt
Your blood pressure is going to suffer because of too much salt. Remember that high blood pressure can trigger a number of heart diseases. Then again, it is easy to leave your salt container in the kitchen, but it does not guarantee that you are not already having too much sodium chloride. Junk food and other processed food also contain salt that you may unknowingly be eating.
- You Smoke
Lungs are not the only price you are going to pay if you keep on smoking. It can also damage your heart. If you stop smoking immediately, then it can lower your risk of having heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, or breathing problems. If you are not a smoker, then make sure to avoid secondhand smoking. Being a secondhand smoker has higher probability of compromising your heart as compared to first hand smokers.
- You Drink Too Much
Unlike smoking, drinking moderately is fine for your heart. However, too much alcoholic drinks can increase your risks of high blood pressure, high level of blood fats, and even heart failure. The habit of drinking excessively can make you gain weight, which then could lead to heart problems. It’s fine to have drinks with college friends or co-worker during weekends, but make sure to remember your heart’s condition.
- You Don’t Take Your Medicine
Skipping your medication could possibly result in terminal heart conditions. Your medicines might taste a little awful but your doctor prescribed them for a reason. If you are already under maintenance for blood pressure symptoms, you must not stop or skip taking your pills. High blood pressure is known as a silent killer. Thus, drink your meds, and do not allow this murderer to slay your heart.
- You’re Putting Off Your Daily Checkups
Conducting daily appointments can save you from having fatal heart diseases. This practice might not entirely keep you from getting a bad heart condition, but it can help you check your health as early as possible. There are cases where patients learned about their conditions when a cure is no longer possible. Even though you are busy with work or school requirements, always make sure not to postpone your health appointments. All the money you can earn or knowledge you can gain are nothing if you end up in hospital bed just because you are too busy for a checkup.