Spinach Soup: When healthy eating can also be so tasty and full of flavor… Why not??

Spinach Soup.

Soups are healthy and nutritious easily digestible food, provide they are made from fresh ingredients. Ready Made soup mostly contain corn flour which add pure calorie without much nutrition value and the preservatives, flavoring agents are also not too good for health specially when the soup is meant for pregnant ladies or Anemic patient. This  healthy soup is especially very good for those who have low hemoglobin.

Recipe Particulars:

  • Servings: Around 400 to 500 ml
  • Preparation Time: 5 mins
  • Cooking Time: 15 mins
  • Recipe Credit: The recipe was taken from here to promote healthy eating. We are deeply grateful to the author for posting the same: You are helping us encourage a healthy heart 🙂.
  • Approximate Nutrition Facts: Cal 50, Potassium 1400 mg, Sugar 0%. Sodium 200 mg, Cholesterol 0 mg, All Fats 0 mg,
    Protein 7.5 gm, Carb 10 gm, Dietary fibers 5 gm, Vitamin A 469%, Vitamin B6 0%, Vitamin B120%, Vitamin C116%, Vitamin D 0%, Calcium 25%, Iron 41% Magnesium 0%.

    • Apart from this carrot adds to Vitamin C, Calcium, Vitamin A and Micro nutrients and Moong dal add Protien and other micro nutrients.
    • If cream is added then fat will be incorporated in the above said values. Ginger, clove, cinnamon and other spices add not only the flavor but aslo help in aleviating cold, cough, sore throat.
  • This is a Recipe from Jyotsna Pant’s Blog. Refer to the blog for complete recipe with Pictures, suggestions and tips.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 250 gm Spinach leafs (1 Small bunch Palak)
  • 20-30 gm. Carrot (1 Small)
  • 5 Tea spoon Moong dal(30 – 40 gm.)
  • 2 Tea spoon Cream (Optional)
  • 1 Lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Inch piece of cinnamon
  •  2-3 Cloves
  • 1 Inch piece Ginger
  •  Water

Recipe Directions:

  • Remove the stalk from leaves of spinach.
  • Discard the stalks and wash the leaves nicely with lots of water.
  • Cut the spinach leaves and keep aside.
  • Cut carrot to small pieces.
  • Wash Moong dal nicely.
  •  Take a pressure cooker and put:
    • Washed and cut leaves of spinach
    • Pieces of carrot
    • Moong dal
    • Cinnamon stick
    • Cloves
    • Ginger
    • Salt
    • 250 ml. water
  • Close the lid and keep the cooker on high flame till pressure builds in the cooker.
  • Lower the flame and cook for 2-3 min.
  • Remove the cooker from heat and let it cool.
  • Remove cinnamon stick.
  • Put the cooled boiled ingredients in the blender and blend to a paste.
  • Add water to make it of the consistency (thickness) you prefer and give it a nice boil.
  • Take it out in a glass or bowl and add dash of pepper powder and few drops of lemon juice. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add some cream and drink it piping hot.

Paya Soup (Mutton Legs/Shank Soup) : When good soup can be as strong as strong medicine

Paya Soup

This soup, apart from having loads of flavor, can also be a great health supplement for all those who have had any sort of bone problem like fracture, calcium deficiency, iron deficiency and for ladies post-delivery and in pre-menopausal stage. This soup is especially good for Tuberculosis patients. Patients having it regularly have shown remarkable recovery.

Recipe Particulars:

  • Servings: Around 400 ml
  • Preparation Time: 20 mins
  • Cooking Time: 15 mins
  • Recipe Credit: The recipe was taken from here to promote healthy eating. We are deeply grateful to the author for posting the same: You are helping us encourage a healthy heart 🙂.
  • Approximate Nutrition Facts: Cal 60, Fat 5.5gm., Cholesterol 73gm., Sodium 199 mg., Potassium 550 mg., Carbs  10gm.
    Dietary fibers 2gm., Protein 25gm., Sugar 0.5 gm, Vitamin A 142%, B12 50% , Calcium, Copper, Iron and other micro nutrients are present in the soup. All values given above are not exact but approximation to the nearest value.
  • Those suffering from High BP should not add tomatoes as it has high sodium content.
  • This is a Recipe from Jyotsna Pant’s Blog. Refer to the blog for complete recipe with Pictures, suggestions and tips.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 4 Pieces or Mutton Legs (Lower bone part of goat leg / Shank)
  • 1 Medium size Onion
  • 1 inch Ginger piece
  • 1/2 medium size Tomato
  • 5-6 Sprigs of fresh green coriander leaves
  • 2-3 Cloves
  • 1 cm. Piece of Cinnamon
  • Salt to taste
  • Water

Recipe Directions:

  • Wash the mutton bone pieces very nicely, to get rid of all hair pieces stuck to them
  • Cut onion.
  • Cut tomatoes.
  • Peel and cut ginger piece.
  • Wash coriander sprigs nicely and cut them.
  • Put in a pressure cooker:  Mutton pieces, Cut onion, Cut tomato, Cut ginger, Cut coriander leaves,  Piece of cinnamon, Cloves, Salt, 150 ml. water
  • Close the lid and keep on high flame and cook on high flame till pressure builds in the cooker.
  • Lower the flame and cook on low flame for 5 min.
  • Switch off the gas and let the cooker cool with all boiled ingredients in it.
  • When cool remove the boiled material from cooker.
  • Remove cinnamon, cloves and discard them.
  • Remove the bones and put them in a bowl with some water and with a bone scooper take out if anything is left in the bone.
  • Rinse the boiled bones with some mashing action.
  • Keep all liquid in a bowl and discard the bones.
  • Grind all other solid boiled material except bones in a grinder- mixer to a paste.
  •  Mix all the liquid and paste together and sieve it through a sieve.
  • Add water to make the soup of the consistency you want.
  • Give a nice boil and garnish it with a dash of lemon juice and black pepper powder.
  • Drink/ serve piping hot.

Carrot Soup for the healthy you!!!

Carrot Soup for the Healthy Heart

Since carrots are very low on fat and rich in vitamins and minerals therefore they are very good for convulsing persons. Making soup does not destroy the nutrients. For those who are on strict diet regime for weight, soups are the best nourishing, make full dinner along with greens, whole wheat bread and chicken / fish.

Recipe Particulars:

  • Servings: Around 400 ml
  • Preparation Time: 20 mins
  • Cooking Time: 15 mins
  • Recipe Credit: The recipe was taken from here to promote healthy eating. We are deeply grateful to the author for posting the same: You are helping us encourage a healthy heart 🙂.
  • Approximate Nutrition Facts: Calories: 71 , Total Fat:0.403 gm (saturated 0.118 gm. , Polysaturated 0.174 gm, mono saturated 0.026 gm.) , Potassium: 5410 mg, Sodium: 73 mg, Total Carb: 72.03 gm, Sugars: 7.50 gm, Protein: 14.16 gm, Vitamin A: 34%, Vitamin C: 26% , Calcium: 4%, Iron:4%, Dietary Fibers:10.28 gm., Garlic is good source of Phosphorous, Selenium, Manganese, Vitamin B6
  • This is a Recipe from Jyotsna Pant’s Blog. Refer to the blog for complete recipe with Pictures, suggestions and tips.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 100 gm. Carrots
  • 50 gm. Onion
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 50 gm. (One medium size) Tomato
  • Salt to taste
  • 2-3 cm. Long Stick of Cinnamon
  • Water (As needed)

Recipe Directions:

  • Wash the carrots and remove the thin roots sticking to them.
  • Remove the top where leaves were attached.
  • Cut carrots to on 2-3 cm. big pieces.
  • Peel onion and cut it to 2-3 cm. big pieces or slice to long thin pieces.
  • Peel garlic and pound it.
  • Wash and cut tomato to 2-3 cm. big pieces.
  • Take all carrot, tomato, onion, garlic, cinnamon and 150 ml. water into a pressure cooker.
  • Close the lid of pressure cooker and keep it on high flame till pressure is formed in the cooker.
  • Lower the flame and cook for 2-3 min.
  • Remove the cooker from gas and allow it to cool.
  • Sieve the liquid from boiled solid.
  • Mash all solid and pass the contents of cooker through a sieve.
  •  While passing the mashed contents through the sieve make sure maximum mashed vegetables pass through it. You may require 100-200 ml. water to sieve the solid through the sieve.
  • Throw the little solid left on the sieve. They will mostly be seeds of tomato and cinnamon stick.
  • Add the pulp to the liquid you get after sieving, add salt and give one boil.
  • Take out the hot soup in a soup bowl / glass sprinkle some pepper powder and serve hot.

Turmeric- more on its benefits on the healthy heart

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We introduced Turmeric earlier in this blog… and mentioned how it can be helpful in an earlier article. We are going to talk more about how turmeric helps our hearts…

Turmeric and Plaque Build-up

Both heart attacks and strokes are caused by atherosclerotic plaque buildup or high cholesterol levels. This plaque buildup leads to blood clots being formed and when a single clot breaks off from arterial walls and travels to the brain or heart, it can cause a stroke or heart attack. Studies have found that turmeric could reduce the adhesive abilities of blood platelets, thereby preventing them from forming clots. It can also relax blood vessels and minimize heart damage after suffering a heart attack.
Several other studies conducted on the benefits of turmeric suggest the same – that it could prevent buildup of plaque, therefore preventing onset of atherosclerosis leading to blocked arteries, stroke or heart attack. In laboratory studies on animals, it was found that turmeric extracts could lower levels of LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol from building up in the arteries. This could stop platelets from bunching together and could also reduce risk of clots being formed on arterial walls. However, in another study, it was found that 4g of curcumin taken daily did not drastically improve cholesterol levels.
Another study pointed out that curcumin prevents cholesterol oxidation that is the main reason for plaque buildup, destruction of blood vessels and heart attacks or strokes. Curcumin has vitamin B6, essential in maintaining optimal homocysteine levels, excess of which could cause plaque buildup and blood vessel damage. In a study on 10 healthy patients given 500mg curcumin for 7 days daily, their oxidized cholesterol levels in the blood reduced by 33%, total cholesterol by 11.63% and HDL cholesterol had a 29% increase.

Turmeric for LDL / bad cholesterol control

A study was conducted on rats being fed a diet rich in saturated fats and low in fiber or a diet that also included curcumin in it for 8 weeks. In the rats fed the curcumin diet, serum triglyceride levels reduced by 27%, LDL cholesterol by 56% and total cholesterol by 33.8% as compared to the group fed the high fat diet. Their low-density lipoprotein levels also reduced and they had 20% less blockage in their arteries indicating the benefits of turmeric in preventing plaque buildup and heart disease or stroke.
Curcumin in the blood sends signals to the liver cells commanding them to produce more mRNA the messenger proteins. These create more LDL cholesterol receptors and help liver cells to clear out the bad cholesterol from our bodies. This results in reduction of bad cholesterol and prevents plaque buildup. Liver cells that received 10 microM of curcumin were able to demonstrate a 7-fold increase in production of mRNA as against cells that did not receive any curcumin.

Anti-inflammatory benefit

Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory capabilities too. It can work in two ways by suppressing COX enzyme that causes pro-inflammatory signals to be created in the body and it also inhibits the gene that increase production of all pro-inflammatory molecules. The antioxidant properties of turmeric are similar to vitamin E and C. its antioxidant abilities are not degraded by cooking. A study on rabbits fed a high-fat diet and a turmeric diet found that curcumin reduced damage by free radicals and triglyceride and cholesterol levels.

Turmeric and Stroke

A stroke can affect the brain also and animal studies find that a drug made using turmeric could regenerate cells of the brain after a stroke. In a study on rabbits, it was found that curcumin drugs could reduce motor deficits caused by a stroke. This hybrid curcumin compound CNB-001 is said to quickly cross the blood-brain barrier and moderate mechanisms vital to neuronal survival. CNB-001 acts by repairing damage caused by strokes and it does not attack the blood clots themselves. The repair is done at the neuron level. Turmeric on its own does not get absorbed so easily and you require very high concentrations to provide any therapeutic benefits. This means that in an emergency stroke situation, turmeric may not be as effective. This is why CNB-001 seems a better choice for it gets absorbed and distributed very quickly. It can repair damage to 4 major pathways to the brain.
Studies have been conducted on the benefits of turmeric for hemorrhagic strokes at the Medical College of Georgia. Usually patients who suffer from such strokes are treated for nausea, headaches and other symptoms and not for the stroke itself. Often invasive surgery is done to remove the clots. However, some patients might not be able to undergo such surgery. Therefore, laboratory animals mimicking hemorrhagic strokes were injected a solution of curcumin with corn oil in the abdomen thrice over three hours. It was found that the size of the clots reduced although the reason was not known. It was thought to be the combination of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric. IV curcumin seems the most beneficial and it could also prevent a stroke from occurring. Curcumin capsules may also protect those at risk from suffering a stroke. Further studies are required.

Cholesterol… and the heart….

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Cholesterol helps your body build new cells, insulate nerves, and produce hormones. Normally, the liver makes all the cholesterol the body needs. But cholesterol also enters your body from food, such as animal-based foods like milk, eggs, and meat. Too much cholesterol in your body is a risk factor for heart disease.

There are two forms of cholesterol that most Americans are familiar with: Low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol.) These are the form in which cholesterol travels in the blood.

LDL is the main source of artery-clogging plaque. HDL actually works to clear cholesterol from the blood.

Triglycerides are another fat in our bloodstream. Research is now showing that a high levels of triglycerides may also be linked to heart disease.

Atherosclerosis : Atherosclerosis hardens and clogs arteries leading to the heart, brain, arms and legs. When it affects the arteries of the heart, it causes coronary artery disease which can result in chest pain, weakness, perspiration, shortness of breath and heart attack.

This slowly progressing disease is the cause of nearly 75% of all heart-related deaths. Excess fat, calcium, cholesterol and other substances buildup deposits on arterial walls forming plaque. When plaque hardens, the arteries become hard and inflexible. Risk factors of atherosclerosis include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, eating a diet rich in saturated fats, females after menopause etc. 

Stroke : Blood supply to the brain can get disrupted due to a blood clot or when a blood vessel bursts spilling blood into gaps in the brain cells. The first is called an ischemic stroke and the secondhemorrhagic stroke. This prevents nutrients and oxygen from reaching the brain, or bleeding around the brain and causes cell death. Strokes can cause permanent or temporary neurological impairment. 

High cholesterol itself does not cause any symptoms, so many people are unaware that their cholesterol levels are too high. Hence, it is important to find out what your cholesterol numbers are. Lowering cholesterol levels that are too high lessens the risk for developing heart disease and reduces the chance of a heart attack or dying of heart disease, even if you already have it.

Some recommend that everyone over age 20 should get theircholesterol levels measured at least once every 5 years. The test that is performed is a blood test called a lipoprotein profile. That includes:

  • Total cholesterol level
  • LDL (the “bad” cholesterol)
  • HDL (the “good” cholesterol)
  • Triglycerides

Introducing Turmeric for a healthy heart..

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Turmeric has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor and a mild fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger, and while it is best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry, it also gives ballpark mustard its bright yellow color.

Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. Turmeric was traditionally called “Indian saffron” because of its deep yellow-orange color and has been used throughout history as a condiment, healing remedy and textile dye.

Turmeric is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.

Curcumin is effective to prevent heart diseases, as turmeric has antioxidant, antiplatelet and cholestrol-lowering agents. These are all beneficial for the prevention and treatment of heart diseases. Thus turmeric helps to prevent heart diseases and also acts as an aid.

Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric that is said to have powerful anti-platelet activity in several preliminary studies. For dosage for atherosclerosis, you are recommended to check the label instructions. The usual recommended dosage of turmeric powder capsules is 400-600mg thrice daily. I strongly feel that this would vary a lot from case to case.

Turmeric is not known to have any side effects as such. Turmeric has blood-thinning properties. Hence, anyone taking blood-thinning medications like warfarin must consult their doctor before taking turmeric for heart or stroke.

Apart from this, those taking drugs to reduce stomach acid, pregnant and breast feeding women and diabetic patients must be cautious when taking turmeric supplements. Turmeric spice used in food is usually safe for anyone to consume. Excess consumption could cause diarrhea or ulcers in extremely rare cases. 

Kindness : Where hope inspires…

“We rise by lifting others.” —Robert Ingersoll

Kindness is always  a part of us, a part of our life and a part of our existence. We often realize it in various instances: Helping a blind lady cross the street, helping a puppy not get wet in the rain, donating stuff to care givers, listening to a colleague about their problems even when you yourself have had a bad day at work… Kindness is always there…

DJ Merriman, the namesake and the inspiration of the foundation, DJ’s hope 4 Hearts, was a true example of this… On the Saturday prior to his death, DJ noticed an elderly woman standing in the checkout line in front of him at a Giant Eagle store. The woman didn’t have enough money to pay for her groceries and in a typical generous gesture he provided the lacking funds. “That’s just the way he was,” Merriman said.

After his death, friends sold wrist bands and T-shirts and collected donations to pay for the funeral. Leftover funds were donated to churches and hospitals. Inspired by the selfless act, Merriman said “We’re going to keep it going. It helped us get through the whole thing, if anything really does.

And DJ’s hope for hearts have started their journey, of kindness, of hope, of never giving up. Be a part of this candle against the dark:  Select DJ’s hope 4 Hearts at Amazon Smile and shop… Your shopping might help save a heart beat!!!

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Dj’s Hope for hearts… How the journey started!

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. ~Christopher Reeve

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Lenny Merriman carries a message of hope in his heart and delivers it through an organization initiated after the death of his 17-year-old son.When DJ was 17 months old medical problems were detected and doctors told Merriman that a virus had attacked the infant’s heart. Later, the virus went dormant and a pacemaker was implanted. For the most part DJ’s life continued normally.

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He attended Madison High School and his welcoming approach to new students earned him an unofficial title of “ambassador” at the school. Among the young man’s future hopes was to pursue a career as a cardiologist.

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On the Saturday prior to his death, DJ noticed an elderly woman standing in the checkout line in front of him at a Giant Eagle store. The woman didn’t have enough money to pay for her groceries and in a typical generous gesture he provided the lacking funds. “That’s just the way he was,” Merriman said. “He touched a lot of people and it’s kind of nice to see friends still posting on his Facebook page. He was a very unique child to say the least. He never gave us any problems.”

Some months before DJ’s death he began to feel something wrong happening within his body. “He’d get these little episodes — sweaty, clammy and he said he felt his heart racing. From the pacemaker it didn’t show anything,” Merriman said. Several diagnoses attributed his uneasiness to panic attacks and anxiety. “That’s how they wrote it off and we accepted that,” Merriman said.

But when he went to sleep on a night last January, he never woke up. “His heart exploded in his sleep. It was extremely large. The virus woke up and it just did what it did,” Merriman said. The coroner told Merriman that the condition is usually revealed through symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue or coughing. DJ showed none of those.

After his death, friends sold wrist bands and T-shirts and collected donations to pay for the funeral. Leftover funds were donated to churches and hospitals. Inspired by the selfless act, Merriman said “We’re going to keep it going. It helped us get through the whole thing, if anything really does.”

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Thus, in DJ’s memory and in hopes of helping others, Merriman and other family members founded Hope 4 Hearts.

“There’s no way of getting reimbursed for parking, food, daycare and expenses (incurred while dealing with illness) most people don’t think about. That’s where we’re trying to pick up for the families,” Merriman said.

Read more about it here. We encourage you to take look at this page to help us help better.

When did you last hear that eating Ice cream can be healthy for you…? It can be, if its made this way…

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Who doesnt love Ice creams?? We all do, be it taken as a dessert, as a snack, as a celebration treat, or for no reason at all, Ice creams have a special place in our tummy and our hearts 🙂 And if we can make them a healthy way, which actually makes them nutritious and healthy as well, then its a win – win 🙂 :).

Here’s how we can do that :

Recipe Particulars:

  • Makes around 750 ml
  • Prep time : 20 mins
  • Freezing time: 3 to 4 Hours
  • Recipe Credit: The recipe was taken from here to promote healthy eating. We are deeply grateful to the author for posting the same: You are helping us encourage a healthy heart :).
  • Approximate Nutrition Facts:  Per serving- Calories: 190, Fat: 14.o gm., Sugar: 25gm., Carbs: 17.0 gm, Protien: 7.0 gm.
    Apart from the above, due to the presence of different fruits this ice-cream is rich in Vit. C, K, B-6, E.
    Addition of avocado brings additional nutrients: 0.5gm poly saturated fats, 3 gm. mono saturated fats, sodium, potassium, zinc, copper, magnesium, 2.4 gm. fiber, Vitamins A, E, C. riboflavin,niacin, folates, thiamin etc. (Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet)
  • This is a Recipe from Jyotsna Pant’s Blog. Refer to the blog for complete recipe with Pictures, suggestions and tips.

 Recipe Ingredients:

  • 750 gm. Ripe Sweet Mangoes (4-5 Medium size mangoes)
  • 200 gm. Ripe Bananas (2 large bananas)
  • 10-12 Red sweet Strawberries
  • 2 Teaspoon Corn flour
  • 150 ml. Milk (1 tea cup milk)
  • 50 gm. Sugar
  • 1 Medium size Avacado (30 gm. approx.)(optional)

Recipe Directions:

  • Wash and peel mangoes. Cut mango to small pieces and discard the seed.
  • Peel and cut bananas to small pieces.
  • Take corn flour in a thick bottom pan and dissolve it in 150 ml. milk.
  • Cook the corn flour milk mixture on high flame with continuous and vigorous stirring for 2 min.
  • The corn flour –milk mixture will become transparent. Remove from heat cover and allow it to cool.
  • In a grinder-mixer take mango pieces, banana pieces, sugar and cooked mixture of corn flour- milk mixture/Avacado pulp and grind all ingredients to smooth pulp.
  • Sieve the pulp through a sieve to get rid fibers if mangoes.
  • Add cream to the sieved pulp.
  • Wash the strawberries and remove the green calyx and stalk.
  • Cut the cleaned strawberries to small pieces.
  • In a glass container / Ice-cream mold pour half of the creamy-fruity pulp.
  • Sprinkle half of the pieces of strawberry pieces and then pour the remaining creamy-fruity pulp.
  • Sprinkle the remaining strawberry pieces on the top of the creamy-fruity pulp.
  • Cover with the lid and keep in freezer at a temperature of -41o F to -47F, for 3 to 4 hours for ice-cream to set.
  • Gently shake the container with creamy-fruity pulp for ice-cream one or twice. Then allow it to solidify without disturbing.

Do you know what mismanagement of Stress can do to your heart?

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Stress can be defined as the brain’s response to any demand. Many things can trigger this response, including change. Changes can be positive or negative, as well as real or perceived. They may be recurring, short-term, or long-term and may include things like commuting to and from school or work every day, traveling for a yearly vacation, or moving to another home.

What happens when you are stressed?

Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to. When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger. It makes hormones that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy. This is called the fight-or-flight stress response.

Some stress is normal and even useful. Stress can help if you need to work hard or react quickly. For example, it can help you win a race or finish an important job on time.

People who don’t manage stress well can have headaches, stomach pain, sleeping problems, illness, and depression.

How stress causes cardiovascular disease
Living a stressful life can cause people to adopt poor habits like smoking and eating badly, which in turn are risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

But being stressed itself can alter the way the body behaves and this can bring about changes to the blood and nervous system, which can have negative effects on your heart health.

Studies show that acute stress triggers reduced blood flow to the heart, promotes your heart to beat irregularly and increases the likelihood of your blood clotting.  All of these can trigger the development of cardiovascular disease.

If you already have atherosclerosis and become acutely stressed you may experience chest pains caused by the arteries to your heart contracting and reducing the blood flow.

When experienced over an extended period of time, all these effects can cause damage to the lining of the blood vessels.  This makes the blood vessels more susceptible to atherosclerosis.

How can you help yourself manage stress?

Breathing techniques, hobbies and other healthy habits can help you manage stress effectively. Follow the blog to keep updated on more ways to manage stress.

Note: We are grateful to authors for posting helpful content related to this article, whose links we have mapped into the article. We give you your due credit: you have helped save a heart.