Heart pumps blood providing oxygen to all the parts of the body. Strong and healthy heart is the key of happy and healthy living. There are small but useful steps which strengthen the heart. Smoking is not good for body and must be curtailed for a healthy living. Alcohol if taken should be taken in moderation. Activity – any physical activity – brisk walk, cycling, working out , yoga is very useful for heart and body. It strengthens the heart. Healthy and balanced diet with fibers is the key for good heart. Saturated/ trans fats increases the level of bad cholesterol in the body and can clog the arteries. Excess intake of salt may cause variation in blood pressure and must be curtailed. Sleeping a sound sleep as per one’s body requirement is very important. Diabetic and people with genetic issue should take extra care. One must get regular test to keep a tab on vital health parameters. Sugar, Lipid (cholesterol) etc.
You are what you eat. Human body needs nutrients to function properly. Balanced diet provides all the essential nutrients to the body. Poor diet can hinder growth or can entail into obesity and other ailments. Micro-nutrients- Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are needed in large amounts. Micro-nutrients – Vitamins and Minerals are required in small amounts.
Balanced diet has for basic food groups :
- Cereals, grains, pulses
- Vegetables and fruits
- Milk / dairy products
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health. Regular workout and balanced diets are two pillars of a healthy lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle reduces the odds of falling ill. Variety in food adds spice and taste to life and is equally important for balanced diet. There must be a balance between number of calories one takes (IN) and number of calories one burns by physical activities (OUT). It is also important to keep a tab on the levels of vitamins, minerals etc. in one’s body. There are simple and affordable blood tests to check these vital parameters – vitamin D, vitamin B12, Calcium, Iron, and Electrolytes etc.