How Hot Tubs and Prayer Protect Your Heart This Christmas
Holidays are a time of merry celebrations – which means more eating. Researchers found that taking a bath in the hot tub actually protects you from your holiday feasts. Here are more ways you can keep your heart healthy this December.
People tend to overeat over the holidays, which doctors say can lead to heart problems especially if you have a heart condition and do vigorous sports with the family right after eating. That's why they say it's important you not forget your medications when traveling for the holidays. But there are other things you can do to keep your heart healthy while you're away with your family this December:
Bathing in a hot tub. Doctors found that soaking in a hot tub lowers your blood pressure – so it can help treat hypertension. But it also increases heart rate, so you should consult with your doctor to make sure taking a hot tub bath is safe for your particular condition. In fact, the University of Oregon is trying to harness the power of hot tubs in their research to better the cardiovascular health of people who can't exercise. If you don't have a hot tub or if you'll be traveling to a house without a hot tub – don't worry, you can buy awesome inflatable hot tubs that are big enough to fit your whole family and have jacuzzi-like bubble jets too! But if you're planning on having more children, stay away from hot tubs because they've been linked with causing irreversible infertility in men.
Limit your salt, caffeine, and alcohol. You've heard this before, but it's an important reminder. If you're suffering from a heart condition, limit your salt, caffeine, and alcohol intake. Salt can make your blood pressure go up because it causes water retention. Caffeine and alcohol both raise your blood pressure too when taken in excess.
Meditate and pray. Meditation and prayer has been linked with lowering your blood pressure and heart rate. They also boost your metabolism and help you lose weight. They have other wonderful benefits too, like helping you live longer by repairing your DNA. They also bring you closer to God, which is really the most important benefit of these practices.
Protect your heart while you're with your family with these tips! If you take care of your heart, you'll be able to spend more holidays with your family and have fun with them over and over again.