Do you feel that?
Put your hand over your heart and you’ll feel it.
It’s sitting there nonchalantly and without telling it to contract or relax, this vital muscular organ marches to the beat of its own drum.
Yet it is calm, composed, but at the same time working constantly to pump blood around your body through your blood vessels of the circulatory system.
Just so you know how important the heart is for your body… sink your teeth into this:
Your brain is in constant need of oxygen from blood. And your brain receives this constant flow of oxygen when the heart does its job by pumping blood to particular parts of the body.
Well your muscles need oxygen, glucose and amino acids, with the addition of proper balance of sodium, calcium and potassium salts in order to contract as it normally does.
Better yet… to get a convincing idea of how crucial it is, if your heart was to fail, your entire body would shut down in a matter of… minutes.
Don’t Be a Statistic of 680,000 Avg Heart Disease Deaths
Heart disease is not to be taken lightly, below is a depiction of how heart disease stacks over the past 20 years:
A door knock away from 680,000 deaths caused by heart disease…
Wouldn’t you go lengths to protect your heart?
Maybe you are by eating healthy fats, grains, vegetables and other dietary approaches. You probably also try by exercising regularly and consistently, making sure your heart-rate is elevated when doing so.
Or maybe you’re taking a calmer method by reducing stress and incorporating meditation?
If you incorporate any of those you’re taking a proactive attack on heart disease and preventing the deadly killer.
But now let’s play devil’s advocate and say that you find it hard to gather all the methods listed above.
You might be too busy, limited with dietary options, or live a lifestyle where it’s hard to reduce stress. – what to do?
Well I am going to burst your bubble by saying, no… nadda, zip, nothing!
There is NO magic pill, or food, or drink to put heart disease or a heart attack in check.
But there is a start…
There’s an edge,
Heart Disease’s Fight with Green Tea
There’s reason why Green tea is usually in a conversation regarding heart disease, heart attack prevention and so on…
Let’s start by saying that in a perfect world, we want to lower LDL cholesterol, but why?
Let’s look into the benefit first:
1) LDL is considered the “bad” version of cholesterol because it collects in the walls of blood vessels.
Having higher “LDL” levels will then put you at greater risk for a heart attack from a sudden blood clot in an artery and other complications.
However, the not-so-scary-stuff is that Green tea has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol, as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation.
The second benefit to heart health?
2) Green tea can protect heart arteries by keeping them flexible and relaxed.
Your arteries are better in withstanding the ups and downs of constant changes in blood pressure.
Green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping cells there to secrete the substances needed to relax the vessels and allow blood to flow more freely.
A relief? A start!
Join the 158 Million that Are Drinking Tea Right Now
Observational studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, mainly because it is a potent antioxidant – but that’s not the only reason why many are drinking Green tea.
The compound epigallocatechin (EGCG) helps speed your metabolic rate, which is found to reduce your appetite – in addition, all these compounds lead to thermo-genesis, which increases heat in your body, which again assists in increasing you metabolic rate and helps you keep your weight on check.
Now if you are new to drinking green tea, DO NOT quit on it because there are many and I mean many different types of Green tea, Japanese Green tea that is.
There are literally thousands of varieties, each with it’s own characteristics, taste, and aroma to fit your palate.
Integrative Medicine’s own pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil does a great job on describing the many distinctions and varieties here.
And now as a gift from us to you, we leave you with our infographic on a handful of facts about Green tea that you can easily digest in about 5 minutes-time.
Now go out there, have some Green tea drinking and do your heart the favor, it’ll beat back right back to you as a way of saying thank you!