The heart is an important organ in the human body which functions as a pump in the circulatory system to provide a continuous flow of blood throughout the body. This circulation consists of systemic circulation and the pulmonary circulation. Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. The cardiovascular diseases are majorly related to lifestyle and other factors which increase with age. These diseases can be prevented and reduced by following healthy eating habits, diet, reducing stress, good sleep and exercises. Some of the dietary instructions for a healthy heart are as follows:
- Eating healthy fats: Fats are important component in our diet, including saturated and polyunsaturated and unsaturated fats. But the fat which is harmful to our heart is the trans-fat because it clogs the arteries by raising the bad cholesterol levels (LDL). Nuts, seeds, avocado, olives and healthy oils has healthy poly- and mono-unsaturated fats. They are a better choice than foods high in animal fats such as butter, cream and meat fats.
- Reducing intake of sugar and artificial sweeteners.
- Cutting the Salt: Cooking without or limited salt, processed foods helps to bring down the high sodium levels and hence reduce chances of hypertension and stroke.
- Vegetables and fruits: Eat lots of vegetables and fruit every day. It will help to reduce the risk for heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
- Whole Grains: Whole grains help to lower the high cholesterol and blood pressure, and also diabetes. Grains such as oats, barley, brown rice, and food such as pasta, breads, wraps, chapatti, roti, breakfast cereals, tapioca, sago, amaranth, congee, quinoa, buckwheat, millet are very good for heart.
- Low protein sources: Lean meat, poultry and fish, low-fat dairy products, and eggs are some of the best sources of protein. Skimmed milk and skinless chicken are also good sources of low fat proteins.
- Fish and sea foods are very good source of omega-3 fatty acids and an alternative to high fat meats especially fishes such as salmon, mackerel and herring. Flaxseed, walnuts, soybeans and canola oil are also good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Legumes like beans, peas and lentils are also good sources of plant protein and contain less fat and no cholesterol, making them good substitutes for meat which helps to reduce the cholesterol intake and increase the fiber intake.
- Starchy vegetables: Such as potato, corn, parsnip, yams, taro, green banana, cassava.
- Eggs are a wholesome food and rich source of protein. People with increased risk of heart disease can take up to six eggs per week as part of a heart-healthy diet.
- Poultry and red meat: Animal products are high in saturated fat. Replacing them with unsaturated fats is advisable for heart. While choosing meat or chicken, it is healthy to buy lean cuts or with fat removed.
- Milk and dairy products are one of the main components of our food. It is better to take skimmed milk and less fat dairy products.
Homeopathic medicines for heart problems:
There are many medicines in homeopathy for heart diseases which are indicated specifically or selected constitutionally. Some of the best medicines are Sumbulgus, Strophanthus, Strontium Carbonicum, Crataegus oxyacantha, Aurum Metallicum, Belladonna, Glonoine, Lachesis, Natrum muriaticum, Nux vomica, Phosphorus, and Plumbum metallicum, Baryta Carbonicum and Calcarea Carbonicum. Besides the homeopathic remedies, diet modification and physical exercise can help to improve the condition of the heart.
Homeopathic medicines for a strengthening the heart:
Along with the above medicines, there are also homeopathic products available for strengthening the heart. Some of the best heart tonics are Schwabe?s Essentia aurea, Viscum Pentarkan, Crataegus Pentarkan and Angioton,etc.