Sugar Secret8th April 2018
The Sunny Side of Depression8th April 2018
There is something inside every single one of us. Something small but essential, something we have in common with each other, with animals and something that many of us pay no attention or thought to. It is one of the most important organs within our body, but many of us neglect to give it the thought or care it deserves.
The health of my heart was something I never paid close attention to; I was blasé believing that my body would work and problems could be dealt with when they came along. I always put off the gym, nutrition and check-up appointments thinking they could be done at a later date but a course of shocking and devastating experiences have made me re-assess my attitude.
Last year a young friend of mine died of a heart attack, he was only twenty five years old. The shock left a permanent voice in my head telling me that you really don’t know what is around the corner. In addition, my father recently had a heart attack and all of a sudden it again became abundantly clear to me, that leaving health issues until later is a dangerous ignorance. The time to start on the road to a healthy heart is now.
I was once given advice from a friend; she said “prevent the cause so you don’t have to react to it”. I’m lucky to have many contacts and have met some fascinating people along the way, and it shames me to say I never took that advice seriously until I had a sharp shock. It’s simple, yet effective advice. Its common sense really!
The work that my friend does for Young @ Heart focuses on preventing heart issues by natural, non- invasive professional techniques. They focus on preventing life threatening issues and promoting a happy, healthy heart. By making small changes to your life, you can reduce the risk of heart disease dramatically. My father had never glanced a thought to these types of changes, but has since begun to turn his health and lifestyle around. It’s a shame that for many it takes such a drastic experience to convince them to make changes.
The past few years I’ve lost a few family members and friends. In combination to the recent health scare, it brings a poignant realization of what’s really important in life.
One of my favourite Welsh songs states, “Nid wy’n gofyn bywyd moethus, Aur y byd na’i berlau mân. Gofyn wyf am galon hapus, Calon onest, calon lân” – “I don’t ask for a luxurious life, the world’s gold or its fine pearls. I ask for a happy heart, an honest heart, a pure heart.”
I hope you are inspired to take steps to a healthy future and wish you all a happy, honest and pure heart. xo.