Taking care of your heart
Following a simple lifestyle and paying little attention to diet can help you maintain healthy condition of your heart.
- According to Ayurveda, Ama is the main cause for heart disease. Ama is the toxic material that is produced by undigested food. Therefore, one must make sure that one eats only that amount of specific food(According to one’s Prakriti) and type of foods which can digest properly.
- Avoid over-eating and eating frequently. Chew your food properly.
- Milk products, fried foods, cold foods and acidic foods should be taken in small quantities. White flour products and foods that contain chemical preservatives and additives should be avoided.
- Animal products, especially red meat, are not good as they take a long time to be digested, and create a lot of toxins in the stomach.
- Seasonal fruits and fresh vegetables (steamed or cooked), wholemeal bread or chapatti, salad, sprouts, vegetable soup, buttermilk, cottage cheese (paneer), a little quantity of fresh milk and ghee (clarified butter) make up an ideal list of food items to choose from.
- Anything sweet should be taken in moderation. Honey and jaggery are healthier than purified sugar.
- Amla (Indian gooseberry) is very beneficial for the heart. It can be taken fresh, preserved or in powder form.
- Stress is the major culprit behind these diseases. Practice yoga and pranayama (breathing exercises) regularly to reduce stress levels. Also, meditation has been scientifically proven to prevent as well as cure heart diseases.
- A gentle head massage with or without oil several times a week is very beneficial. A full-body self-massage with oil once a week is also good.
- Too much tea, coffee, alcohol and smoking is not good for the heart and should be given up. They weaken the liver and digestive power, and so form ama.
- Drinking water kept overnight in a copper pot strengthens the heart.
- A herb that has been scientifically proven to prevent and cure heart diseases is Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna). It can be taken in powder form or the bark of the tree can be boiled to make a tea.
- Rudraksha (a fruit) has a beneficial effect on the heart. These seeds can be strung together and worn in the form of a necklace, or the seeds may be soaked in water overnight and the water should be taken early in morning.
- Obesity, another reason for heart disorders, must be controlled by physical exercise and diet management. One should aim for a healthy weight.
- Diabetes is one of the culprit behind heart diseases. So it needs to be managed with diet and medicine.
- Alcohol consumption should be limited.
Tips for making a healthy heart.
- Soak ¼ to ½ teaspoon of dalchini powder in water overnight. Drink it in morning empty regularly. Following it regularly can stop heart blockages & unclog arteries.
- Take ½ to 1 walnut (soaked overnight) regularly empty stomach, this strength the muscles of heart which pump blood to whole of your body without taking any rest.
- Arjuna, muscle protector herb, should be taken daily. It can be given in milk or water daily empty stomach. Arjuna Capsules are also available. See our video on ARJUNA
- Taking Triphala at night reduces vata and improves bowel movement. Triphala also happens to detox and declog arteries.
- Haldi (Turmeric, Curcumin) taken daily with milk also strengthen organs like liver and kidneys.
- Oil of jyotishmati (malkagni tail) can be used in curing angina pain.