Is Stress Breaking Your Heart?

Is Stress Breaking Your Heart?

Whenever we experience stress, it affects us in more ways than one.  In particular, stress takes its toll on our heart, which may lead to heart disease.  Our body is an amazing machine – and especially our heart. 

After all, it is built to last through 75 or so years without a hitch; It beats tirelessly, never rests, never gets exhausted, never suffers lactate build up and still takes us through maximum physical exertion of running to catch a toddler hell-bent on getting to the busy road!  It can even take the super stress buzz of bungee jumping or motocross racing.

But the regular daily stress coupled with the ever increasing times when we max out with adrenaline means that over time, stress inevitably takes its toll on our hearts.  Left unchecked, stress will contribute to heart ill-health and ultimately heart disease.

Now we all know that there is little you can do to avoid the adrenaline rush caused by chasing an errant child away from danger (and believe me, I know!), but you can better prepare your heart to deal with these challenges through regular exercise and making healthy food choices.

Stress induced heat disease can be improved with exercise and diet. 

And whilst even doctors themselves debate on the benefits, or otherwise of all sorts of foodstuffs, ranging from red meat to eggs, oily fish to GM cereals, they all agree that for most people in the Western world, decreasing salt intake and increasing consumption of fresh vegetables will help.  After all, your heart, like the rest of your body, is a product of what you eat and do. 

So to reduce your risk of heart disease, you need to take better care of your heart.  And if reducing the stress in your life is not wholly realistic right now, you can at least make better food choices and take moderate exercise.  Not only will this put your heart in better physical shape and help it to respond to stress better, it will actually go a long way to reducing the stress you feel.

Learn what works for your own body.  Take care of your heart.  Eliminate the stress you can; and exercise and make better food choices to mitigate the stress you can’t.