You may be the kind of person who takes it as it comes. You do not get worried if you eat an extra slice of cake, or your pants are suddenly tighter, just a few weeks after you have bought them, you do not cringe when the weighing machine suggests that you have put on a few pounds, but when your doctor checks your blood pressure levels and gets readings that cause alarm, you start getting worried.
There are few numbers that you should indeed keep a track of. While you are busy working hard and making money, and know well what your bank balance is, you should also know a few number that are keen health indicators. Below mentioned are numbers that will help you take control of your life and work towards maintaining the right balance.
Knowing how many calories you actually need to conduct your daily activities and keep your body healthy can help you work towards your weight loss plans well. Most women need about 1800 calories and men need about 2600 calories to maintain the right levels of energy in their body. Your health practitioner or your Holistic Nutritionist will be able to prescribe you the right number of calories depending on your health goals, this will be judged depending upon your body’s requirements and your lifestyle.
Your waist size is a good indicator of heart health. When body fat starts getting packed in your abdomen, fat cells start releasing inflammatory chemicals and cause an imbalance in the proteins that control your appetite. This increases your risk of a heart attack, insulin resistance and your body’s metabolic syndrome goes up as well.
Health risk on women comes into the picture, when their waist size is more that 35 inches. For men, the time to raise a red flag is when the number is 40.
LDLs and HDLs.
While it is important to keep a check on your cholesterol levels, it is also important to know the levels of good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol in your body. When you get your reports, make sure that you check both the numbers. You should ideally aim for a total cholesterol level of below 5.2 mmol/l, however if you have a heart ailment or have diabetes, you should aim for a cholesterol level of below 5.0. LDL levels should be maintained at 3.5 mmol/l or 2 mmol/l in case of patients suffering from diabetes and heart ailments. 1.3 mmol/l I or above is an indicator of healthy HDL levels.
Blood pressure is force with which blood is pushed against your arteries in known as blood pressure. This figure falls and rises through the day. When the number remains high, you may be suffering fro hypertension. This indicates that you may be at higher risk for heart disease, atherosclerosis or stroke.
140/90 mm Hg is high and levels between 120/80 and 139/89, means that you should be alert and work towards treating and preventing hypertension.
The fats are carbohydrates get converted into triglycerides are stored in fat cells. These are also released from fat cells, when the body needs more energy in between meals. While it is normal to have some in your bloodstream, high levels of triglycerides are a cause for alarm. These can cause coronary heart diseases, especially in women. A normal reading is less than 1.7 mmol/l. Your health practitioner will advise you on how often you should get your levels checked.
Pulse Rate in the Morning
Your pulse rate is the number of times your heart beats in a minute. When you check your heartbeat monthly before and after your workouts, this will help you learn if your exercise routines are helping you strengthen your heart muscles. A normal pulse rate range is 60 – 90 beats per minute. Those who have a low pulse rate enjoy good heart health. However, if your heart rate is low, without any exercise, this is an indication of heart disease.
Speak to your health practitioner to learn more about these numbers and how you can keep them in check. The science of homeopathy can play a role in helping you balance these numbers and keep them in check so that you live a healthy life. Eat well, exercise aplenty and always consult a Registered Holistic Nutritionist before you take on diets to lose weight.