Understanding More of Our Heart and Keeping It Happy

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We see a lot of hearts everywhere. We give little heart shaped balloons, candies and other goodies on special days. We even cross our hearts when making promise and previously thought that our emotions came from our hearts.



Our heart is a myogenic muscular which is responsible for pumping blood throughout the blood vessels by repeated rhythmic contractions. You heard it right; your heart is really a muscle. It’s located a little to the left of the middle of your chest. It is of small size, about the size of your fist. There are lots of muscles in our body — in your arms, in your legs, in your back, even in your behind.



Your heart is sort of like a pump, or two pumps in one. The right side of your heart receives blood from the body and pumps it to the lungs. The left side of the heart does the exact opposite: It receives blood from the lungs and pumps it out to the body.



Most kids are born with a healthy heart and it’s important to keep yours in good shape. Here are some things that you can do to help keep your heart happy:




  • Remember that your heart is a muscle. If you want it to be strong, you need to exercise it. How do you do it? You really don’t need to be in the gym for hours to exercise. You can do simple exercises such as parking your car at the far end of the parking lot and walking the rest of the way towards your destination. You can also do jumping rope, dancing, or playing basketball. Try to be active every day for at least 30 minutes! An hour would be even better for your heart!



  • Try to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Eat a variety of healthy foods. Avoid foods high in unhealthy fats, such as saturated fats and trans fats



  • Avoid sugary soft drinks and fruit drinks.



  • Don’t smoke. We all know that smoking can put your heart in risk. It can damage the heart and blood vessels.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart

http://kidshealth.org/kid/htbw/heart.html

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by Dr. Geo

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