My brother was a champion bodybuilder. He ate healthy, worked out at the gym twice a week, rode a bicycle and walked his dogs often. On May 23rd 2012, my 60 year old brother died suddenly of a heart attack. To this day people still say they cannot believe he is gone, because he was the healthy one.
My brother looked healthy because he was muscular. Studies however indicate that physical fitness, does not always validate how healthy we are on the inside. This is why it is important for men to do all we can for our heart health. Here are 5 ways men can protect our hearts.
Researchers from the University of North Carolina did a study on individuals who had never had a stroke or heart attack, but were at high risk. They found that taking aspirin on a regular basis, slashed the risk of coronary heart disease by 28 percent. They recommend taking aspirin just before bed, in order to have the best effect on blood pressure.
2. Drink tea
A study by the American heart association indicates that men who drink 2 or more cups of tea each day, cut their risk of death from heart disease by 25%, when compared to men who do not drink tea. Flavinoids in tea, thin the blood and reduce clotting. Tea also helps to relax blood vessels.
3. Dark Chocolate
This is my favorite. I love Hershey’s dark chocolate kisses, Dark chocolate M & M’s, and Russell Stover dark chocolate covered coconut. Dark chocolate has lots of flavinoids, which help thin the blood.
4. Close contact with your mate.
Skin to skin contact with your spouse will relax you and decrease blood pressure. Make sure to hold hands, hug, snuggle, and cuddle with your wife often. Dance cheek to cheek, and sleep wrapped in each others arms, or back to back.
5. Double up on tomato sauce
Tomato sauce has lycopene, which helps keep cholesterol from sticking to artery walls. Add extra sauce to pizza and pasta. Make sure you eat lots of ketchup, as well.
Each of these 5 steps is simple, and certainly cheaper and more pleasant than having a heart attack or a stroke, being hospitalized, on expensive medication, or dying. Many men of the baby boom generation smoked, drank and or did drugs from their teenage years. Many of us did not always eat the healthiest foods.
No one warned us what would be waiting 30 years down the road. The good news is that by making diet and lifestyle changes, today we can increase our years, and add more life to them.Men in their senior years can live long and strong.