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Path to a Healthy Heart
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GET BETTER QUALITY SLEEP Get eight hours of
sleep. This helps lower blood pressure and
increases your metabolism. Go to bed earlier and
wake up earlier. It is believed that the sleep
you get before midnight is better quality, so get
to bed by 9 or 10. Listen to relaxing music
before bed.
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MANAGE AND CONTROL YOUR STRESS Practice
meditation research shows this lowers stress,
blood pressure, and the risk of heart attack and
stroke, and it also may reverse atherosclerosis.
Transcendental Meditation not only relieves
stress, it also promotes a healthy heart and
cardiovascular system. Just 20 minutes a day can
change your life, for the better.
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EXERCISE EVERY DAYWalk briskly for a half-hour
outside every day. Start your day with a
quick stretch and warm-up. A 10-20 minute
rejuvenation routine wakes up your lungs, glands,
brain and heart, plus boosts the hormone
production of serotonin (feel good) and dopamine
(focus). Be sure to stretch in the morning.
Stretch your toes, which helps break up and
release toxins as well as boost circulation.
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LIFT WEIGHTSGaining 5 to 10 pounds of lean
muscle significantly increases your fat-burning
ability.
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DANCE Put on your favorite music and go for it.
Ten minutes will get you to a higher state! Take
some time off and get yourself into natural
surroundingsinto the woods, by the water,
fields, mountains, etc., for the benefit of fresh
air and sunshine! Even just an afternoon can
refresh you for days.
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Drink green drinks with super foods like
chlorella, alfalfa, wheat grass and barley grass
to feed cells and rebuild healthy energy. Green
foods help replenish your adrenal glands which
have been depleted because of stress! Sip green
tea and peppermint tea throughout the day to ward
off stress. To relax and encourage sleep, drink a
cup of chamomile tea in the evening. Eat fresh
organic foods to help replenish and rebalance
your body.
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Eat mineral-rich foods like seaweeds, leafy
greens, beans, nuts and seeds to help replenish
depleted minerals like magnesium. Healthy snacks
only - fresh fruits and veggies, nuts, and whole
grain crackers. Create a pleasant relaxing
atmosphere for meals. Try to eat outside at work.
Use mealtime for pleasant conversation and
socialize with friends and family. Socialization
works wonders for stress, especially for women.
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DRINK PLENTY OF PURE WATERStress causes
dehydration and dehydration can promote stress an
endless cycle. Staying hydrated is important for
healthy brain function.
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USE AROMATHERAPYOne of the fastest ways to
affect mood is through the sense of smell.
Organic essential oils are potent therapies for
reducing stress, encouraging focus, lessening
depression, and building energy.
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ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE Focus on the positive
aspects of your life. Stay away from people or
situations that bring you down. Make conscious
choices to put yourself in environments that are
stimulating and nurturing. Make the best of
situations. For example Stuck in traffic? Look
at it as a gift of free time. Listen to music
youve been missing, or learn from books or
courses on tape.
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