Thank you, Rachel!
My name is Harry and I want to write about a subject which is very close to my heart (‘scuse the pun!)
I’m a heart and myself and over 7 billion of us work 24/7 keeping you humans alive. I’m hoping this article will tug on your heartstrings, (Oh dear. Rachel’s glaring at me now! I better stop the heart puns!) and persuade you readers to look after us better.
Here are some facts which, Rachel has kindly found for me. Each of us:-
- Beat around 115,000 times each day.
- Pump about 2,000 gallons of blood each day.
- Can continue beating, even if we are disconnected from the body.
If you were to stretch out each of our blood vessel system, it would extend over 60,000 miles.
The American pygmy shrew is the smallest mammal but, has the fastest heartbeat at a whopping 1,200 beats per minute! (Human hearts beat about 60-90 beats per minute.)
Here are some worrying facts.
- Cardiovascular disease causes an estimate of 17 million deaths worldwide, accounting for 1/3 of ALL deaths worldwide.
- In developed countries, heart disease and stroke are the 1st and 2nd leading cause of death among adult men and women.
Not good eh! But the good news is that a lot of these deaths can be prevented by:-
- Eating:- leafy green vegetables, whole grains such as whole wheat, brown rice, oats, berries, avocados, fish oils such as salmon, mackeral and sardines, beans, dark chocolate (yay…!), tomatoes, seeds like chia and flaxseeds, garlic, olive oil, edamane and green tea.
- some meals without meat. If you do eat meat, go for lean cuts.
- lower fat dairy products.
Try to avoid or at least cut down on foods high in saturated fat like pies, fried foods, cakes and biscuits.
Cut down on salt.
Cut down on alcohol.
Other ways to keep us healthy:-
- Be physically active. Current recommendation is 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week.
- Meet up with friends. Loneliness is linked to hardening of the arteries which leads to high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease.
- Practice meditation. Scientists have discovered that people with heart disease who practised Transcendental Meditation for just 15 minutes a day, can cut their risk of heart attack and stroke by half, compared to those that don’t. Even deep breathing for 20 minutes a day would make a difference.
So. There you have it. Please, please, PLEASE look after us. Billions of hearts and myself only have your best interests at heart. If you look after us, we’ll look after you lot. It’s as simple as that really. Thank you for reading this post. ❤
healthline.com, healthknowledge.org.uk, heart.org, nhs.uk, heartfoundation.org.uk, ageuk.org.uk