Caring for your heart and circulatory system is something many of us consciously do when we make decisions about what we eat. We know we need the right balance of healthy fats and foods high in natural fibre, and protein.
We also have to get our hearts pumping to keep the muscle healthy and protect vascular health, and engaging in some form of physical activity every day is key to this. Maintaining a blood pressure within the normal range is also important and reduces our risk of stroke.
But there is much more to caring for our heart than diet and activity. Our level of contentment, the supports we have in our lives, our own outlook on life, having a sense of ‘agency’ and autonomy can be very positive factors in reducing the kind of stress that leads to high blood pressure.
Feeling anxious a lot of the time, or experiencing a lot of demands for long periods, all have a negative impact.
Herbs such as hawthorn, hibiscus, lime blossom and rose, can nourish the heart and protect our vascular health by increasing the elasticity of the vessels and helping to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
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