This year’s World Heart Day, celebrated on 29th of September, revolves around the idea of “promise …for MY HEART, for YOUR HEART, for ALL OUR HEARTS”. The World Heart Federation is asking people around the world to make a promise to eat more healthily, to do more exercise and encourages children to be more active, to say no to smoking and help your loved ones to stop.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease, stroke and diabetes is the world’s number one killer today, claiming 17.5 million lives each year, which are expected to rise to 23 million by 2030. However, with a few small changes in our lifestyle, this numbers can change. In the UK , 5.5 million people have undiagnosed high blood pressure and roughly half a million have undiagnosed atrial fibrillation. As the World Heart Federation points out, more than 80 % of premature deaths from CVD could be avoided if the four main risk factors- tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol are controlled. People should be aware that drinking and eating well, exercising often and minor changes like quitting smoking, can keep a low blood pressure. Natural mineral water contains a high concentration of Calcium and Magnesium ions which have a general positive effect on the heart.
World Heart Day plays a crucial role in changing all of this and gives people the power to be heart healthy. This is the world’s biggest platform for raising awareness about CVD, including heart disease and stroke. This platform can be used by individuals, families, communities and governments to take action. In order to help prevent heart disease and diabetes, you can follow these tips and go the extra mile to power your heart.
Take action and protect your heart
Public Health England (PHE) indicates that a better detection and management of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and atrial fibrillation can prevent heart attacks and strokes. Take action by monitoring regularly your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose level.
One of the main changes you can adopt in order to help prevent heart disease is exercising more often. The World Heart Federation recommends aerobic exercises like jogging, brisk walking, swimming and cycling, which are ideal for the heart. Make a habit by exercising daily, however, without a modification of your diet you can’t have become healthier overall.
Limit your calories
Did you know that the average person consumes 66 pounds of sugar per year? What you can do is replace sugary treats with fresh fruit. On top of that, cut down on sugary beverages by opting for natural water rich in natural minerals like Calcium and Magnesium.
As far as your diet is concerned, reduce refined carbohydrates like sugar, white bread and cookies, which are known for causing a sudden spike on the insulin levels. This can lead to weight gain and can also increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Make a habit by eating at least a handful of fruits and vegetables a day and cut down on processed and prepackaged foods, high in fat and sugar.
Keep a balanced quantity of minerals in your body
Now let’s break down two essential minerals. Calcium can keep your heart beating regularly and is known for being involved in multiple essential metabolic processes: blood coagulation or adjusting the permeability of cellular membranes. A deficiency of calcium can increase the risk of high blood pressure and heart attack. Doctors recommend a daily calcium intake between 800 and 1200 mg for adults, both from food (dairy products, soy, tofu, hazelnut, walnuts, broccoli, sardines, salmon) and from the natural sparkling waters. AQUA Carpatica Natural Mineral Sparkling Water has a high content of Calcium: 24% of the adult’s daily needs per Liter. AQUA Carpatica Still Mineral Water has a content of calcium of 49 mg/l, just enough to add to your daily calcium intake if you have about 2 liters of water daily.
Magnesium, on the other hand, is known as an anti-stress mineral. It is essential for maintaining nervous equilibrium. What is more, Magnesium is also useful for kidney stones and preventing diabetes. The lack of Magnesium in your body can affect the cardiovascular system.
Add more Calcium and Magnesium to your diet and limit the amount of sodium you consume. Sodium chloride or salt is an essential mineral in the body, but only in limited quantities, because otherwise there are certain risks including the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases. Taking into consideration that our modern diets contain large quantities of sodium, it’s essential to limit the intake of sodium in drinking water. AQUA Carpatica sparkling mineral water has only 4.9 mg/l, which is perfect for those suffering from high blood pressure. Whereas, AQUA Carpatica Still Natural Mineral Water is suitable for a low-sodium diet.
This World Heart Day make a promise to your heart and start making minor changes like drinking natural mineral water enriched with electrolytes, that can keep your heart healthy and happy! Due to daily changing decisions, you’ll be making your heart stronger.
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