From the headline you know I am still totally in raptured with the heart this month. Why? Because A Loving Heart creates the sweetest life.
I literally fell in love with the heart while I was teaching anatomy and physiology. The more I time I spent thinking about how much the heart does for us, the more I fell in love with it. It is our life line – our love line too.
The heart acts as an engine or a pump that allows the rest of our body perform its functions. The heart is the only muscle in our bodies that never rests - it is always working for our good, so we can stay alive. As an engine it pumps out 4-5 liters of blood to the entire body every minute (that’s two 2-liter soda bottle's worth of blood every minute). When we choose to exercise it can pump five times that amount.
Its ability to be flexible as the environment changes is amazing. The heart provides nourishment to itself first before supplying blood to any other part of the body. It recognizes that without self-care and nourishment it will not be able to keep all the other parts operational.
When the heart's arteries become blocked it creates new ones to continue to feed itself. Its ability to change and adapt to correct a dangerous situation is life-saving. It has an intricate communication system so that muscle cells can work as a collective to pump at the same time. It understands the importance of collective work and communication to get a task accomplished with split-second accuracy.
The heart regulates itself but can be influenced by positive outside factors from other body systems. It takes new input to change direction for the good quickly. The heart does all of this, yet it is only the size of our human fist.
Why do I share all of this about the heart? I believe that heart health begins with awareness of how fantastic our heart muscle truly is and how it has so many qualities that we as humans find important. I think if we can have an appreciation for what our heart does for us perhaps we will treat it better.
Perhaps when you get a diagnosis of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or coronary artery disease, you will search out doctors who will teach you how to take better care of your heart.
Perhaps you will eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains every day. Perhaps you will become willing to exercise 30 minutes five times per week. Perhaps you will manage you stress to reduce extra burdens for you hearts. Perhaps you will help to extend the life of you heart through changing you behaviors that cause damage to you hearts. Perhaps with this new knowledge of how exquisite our heart is we can change the statistics that one in two women will die of heart disease.
I believe our hearts have a lot to teach us about how to love ourselves better. Are you willing to listen?
If you are ready to listen come to seminar this week and learn!
To Your One Sweet Life,
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