“Don’t Phunk with My Heart”-Part Three of the Food for Your Heart and Soul Series

1 Feb

The Food for Your Heart and Soul Series posts are based on the National Wellness Institute’s 6 Dimensions of Wellness (Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Social, Occupational, and Spiritual). Ideas for posts based on these dimensions, are always, always welcome!

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Since today marks the beginning of heart health month, I thought it would be appropriate to give a shout out to a muscle that keeps us running, literally.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. Although it can’t always be preventable if there is a family history for example, there are ways that you can lower your risk, such as with daily exercise, eating right, and practicing techniques to lower stress!

A great way to kick off this month is by being aware of your numbers. Make an appointment with your doctor if you are unsure of your numbers! This is beneficial to anyone and everyone!

The American Heart Association recommends the following target numbers:

Test: Blood Pressure
Recommended: Below 130/80 mm Hg

Low down on what the numbers mean:

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I’m always using the blood pressure machine at my local grocery store!

Test: BMI
Recommended: 18.6-24.9 kg/m2

Calculate your BMI

Test: Cholesterol
Recommended: Total, less than 200 mg/dL; LDL (bad), less than 100 mg/dL

Test: Triglycerides
Recommended: Less than 100 mg/dL

See the full chart on Target Numbers and please discuss your numbers with your doctor!

For more information on the heart check out the American Heart Association website!

Today’s yoga: “Studies have shown that meditation, prayer, yoga, biofeedback, and other mind/ body techniques can lower stress levels and reduce heart attack risk (Keough, 2013, p 50).”

Source: Keough, J. (2013, Winter ). The Heart of the Matter. Yoga International . Himalyan Institute.

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9 Responses to ““Don’t Phunk with My Heart”-Part Three of the Food for Your Heart and Soul Series”

  1. moderngirlnutrition February 1, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    Great post! And that strawberry is is so pretty:)

  2. moderngirlnutrition February 1, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    *is

  3. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles February 2, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    All things important to be mindful of!

  4. jessiebear February 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    haha thats the perfect song for this post!

  5. Karey at Nutty About Health February 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Great info to share! Always good to be aware of these things. I had my numbers done the other day & they’re all good, yay!! 🙂

    • bananasforyogaandyogurt February 4, 2013 at 5:20 am #

      Thank you! They’re a great indicator for so much. Sure, it can be scary to receive numbers that need improvement, but there’s always healthy options that can change this.

      So glad you’re numbers were good! 🙂 It’s a great feeling!

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