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So how to keep your heart healthy? With so many heart diseases on the rise, most health-conscious people strive to seek the answer to this question. This article attempts to help you find the answer.

Go Green
When we speak of heart, we cannot miss out on the importance and benefits of plant foods. Vegetables are an excellent source of glutamic acid. It is a class of amino acid which helps keeping blood pressure at lower levels; safe levels, so to say. What’s more? Veggies lack cholesterol, fat and even calories, which otherwise tend to be the common culprits for causing heart diseases. Not to mention, the amount of vitamins and minerals that vegetables provide to the body do the most for health.
Be Active
Without the aid of daily exercise, maintaining a good overall health is just more than a daunting task. Exercises not only improve heart function, but also help in bringing down blood pressure, and cholesterol levels in the body. A mere 30 minutes stroll daily does good for the heart, if not much. It is recommended that sprinting is more beneficial for the heart, than jogging.
Reduce Oil
The next tip is about keeping oil from your diet. Although, you cannot avoid oil completely, you can keep its consumption to a small amount. Oils are a storehouse of calories and contain little nutrition. As they mostly comprise fat, they have all chances to lead to the development of plaque in the arteries thus, giving rise to some nasty heart problems. However, not all types of oil are unhealthy. Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which not only help in preventing cardiovascular diseases, but also reduce instances of heart attack. According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, a group of patients with cardiovascular disease had 30% less likelihood of heart attack because of omega-3 fatty acids. Best sources include salmon, mackerel and herring. Flaxseed, walnuts, and soybeans are also good sources.
Cut the Smoke
If you think you cannot shun the habit of smoking, then you might as well know that you cannot do anything good for your heart. One of the most severe risks of smoking relates to heart diseases in almost every smoker. Quit smoking, and you have done half the job in keeping your heart healthy!
Lose Weight
If your figure is slim, and belly flat, then you may have less things to worry about heart diseases. I am talking about weight loss. Being overweight puts extra load on the heart thus, increases the risk of heart conditions. So, consume less sugary foods and more of fiber and complex carbohydrates, and fruits and vegetables. Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the basic necessities for a healthy heart today.
Add More Fiber
Fiber exists in two major groups; soluble (dissolves in water) and insoluble (does not dissolve in water). Although both the types are beneficial to health, it is the former type that does way better to reduce cholesterol levels in the body. Due to its soluble nature, it binds with the cholesterol in the intestines thus, keep it from being absorbed. This keeps the level of LDL and total cholesterol down, while not affecting the HDL cholesterol level in any way. All a healthy person requires is a serving of 5 to 10 grams or more of soluble fiber in a day to avail this benefit of low cholesterol. Foods rich in this fiber include apples, peas, kidney beans, prunes, etc.
Beware of Saturated Fats
It is important that you limit the amount of saturated and trans fats you consume from your food. These spike cholesterol levels in the body thus, increasing the risk of coronary artery disease. So avoid or limit consumption of food such as red meat, dairy products, coconut oil, palm oil. These are rich in saturated fatty acids. To avoid trans fats, eat less of fast foods, bakery products, snacks, crackers, and margarines. Go for foods rich in healthy fats such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
Eat Less Salt
Sodium is good for the body, but in petty amounts. High salt intake means high blood pressure, which eventually points out to heart conditions. When sodium starts accumulating in the blood, it attracts water which in turn, increases the blood volume. Now to keep this blood circulating through the blood vessels, the heart has to work harder thus, causing high blood pressure. The recommended amount of sodium in the food per day must be less than 2300 milligrams.
Take the Right Medication
In most cases, heart diseases are also related to the use of drugs. So, it is important that you take medicines as prescribed by the doctors, or get them altered if necessary.
Moderate Alcohol
Drinking alcohol in moderate amounts does not harm the body. In fact, some studies show that moderate consumption provides some benefits for the heart. However, the habit of drinking is analogous to walking on thin ice. It is not difficult for any one to step out of his limit, and become a heavy drinker. So, ensure that either you stick to moderate drinking or you don’t drink at all.
Manage Stress
Stress has also been known to be one of the common culprits of heart problems. Any stressful situation elevates blood pressure and this response takes its toll on the heart. So, keep yourself relaxed by practicing meditation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques.

To conclude, make a note of the above methods, and keep them handy in case you find it difficult to recall them. And now I would like to take your leave, as I have some sprinting to do! Take care!

Haven Haiti Diary 2015 -Day 2

Declan’s Haven Haiti Diary 2015 -Day 2

It’s amazing how an idyllic island in the middle of the Caribbean can be so poverty stricken when it’s only 3 & 1/2 hrs flight from New York. When you think of the canaries or the south coast of Spain and Portugal and how their economies flourished from tourism.
Haiti has had such a troubled history and is so badly run, it is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It takes an entire day to get to our lodgings.

We are up at 5.30 for a 6 am departure from the hotel. That’s two mornings in a row where it’s still dark getting out in the morning. It’s a trend that’s set to continue as I have heard that we have to eat breakfast at 6am and be on the boat by 7am.

terminal-5-at-jfk Haven Haiti Diary 2015Our flight departs at 09.30 from JFK for Port Au Prince. The airport is like a cattlemart. People standing in queues everywhere and between TSA, customs and security it takes over 2.5 hrs to get to the gate.

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We land at Port Au Prince at 1pm local time and the first piece of great news is that Dundalk have beaten DLS Palmerstown and are now going senior next season.

There have been several improvements at the airport like a new terminal building, pretty basic but functional. They still take your bags off one of the two luggage belts and throw them in a heap for you to collect. Those that packed chocolate now realize what a bad idea that was as the temp outside is 33deg and the bags have been out in the Haitian sun for a while!

The bus takes us from the airport haiti_bus Haven Haiti Diary 2015south to a place called La Caï where we take a boat to Île a vache which is to be our hike for the week.
We drive through Port Au Prince and while you can see new buildings popping up around the place, it’s still a squalor and will take generations to improve.

The bus driver obviously has a death wish as he drives at 70 miles an hour on the wrong side of the road and only pulls in when an oncoming vehicle is almost on top of him!

We stop at a supermarket for refreshments and water and inside their security man is carrying an over/under pump action shotgun – no mercy for shop lifters here!

Back on the bus and an hour later we are pulling into La Caï where another boat (a rib which seats 30) takes us to the lodgings on the island.

I check in and crash face down on the bed at 10 pm. Lights out!



If you would like to help support Declan and Haven in their build, log on to Declan’s Charity page where you can donate. All donations welcome.

Haven Haiti Diary 2015 -Day 1

Declan’s Haven Haiti Diary 2015 -Day 1

Haven Haiti Diary 2015 – Day 1: We are on our way! Got up at 4.15 am and with everything packed from last night we were able to get away quickly.

Last check Passport, wallet, phone! After a 35 min spin to the Airport I met up with the Haven team at T2. So many smiling faces at 5.30 am and already working as a team using up every spare Kg of space.

Great to see familiar faces from previous trips and that all are still motivated in terms of wanting to get out there ASAP to start the work.

Dublin Airport , Volunteers- Declan's Haven Haiti Diary 2015

The Haven Team as always have everything in hand and it’s only a couple of hours and we are on our way. Our cargo is safely checked in and consists of tools for the work we are to do, toys, clothes for the children and some materials for the orphanage we will be working near.

There are 32 people traveling this time of all ages and fairly evenly divided between males and females. Countries represented include Ireland, UK, U.S. and Canada. The ‘5 Towns Inn’ in New York has been designated as the meeting point for all the volunteers and we get there at about 1.30 after a pleasant flight.

This is my first time heading for Il a Viche - Declan's Haven Haiti Diary 2015Ile a Vache and I can’t wait to see it. Those who have been there before tell me that it’s a beautiful island off the coast but that the poverty is no less severe for the residents who are basically living in houses cobbled together from tin, waste wood and tarpaulin. There are 2,500 such ‘houses’ and Haven have a goal to refurbish them all. So far they have secured enough funding to have completed the first 1,000 and are now actively fundraising for funds to do another 500.

The stop off in New York is an inconvenience as it delays our arrival by a day however there is no other choice as no direct flights are a ails me. It gives time though for some catch up time with some team members that I haven’t met in a long while. There are also three new volunteers and it’s great to see that the project is capturing the minds of people who haven’t done this before and want to make a difference.

The stop in New York also gives us an opportunity to purchase any supplies that we have forgotten and after a visit to K Mart all is sorted again.

alarm 1 - Declan's Haven Haiti Diary 2015We have some dinner together in a local diner and after a couple of beers in ‘Bridie O’s’ a local Irish pub we return early as the jet lag is kicking in. Believe it or not everyone (including me!) is in bed before midnight which is really well behaved although we realize that it’s a 5am call for a 6 am departure for the airport so no one wants to delay the bus.

Tomorrows flight to Port Au Prince is about 3 hours and we don’t want to miss it.

If you would like to help support Declan and Haven in their build, log on to Declan’s Charity page where you can donate. All donations welcome.

by Declan Murphy

BLS Healthcare Provider

Verbal communication include sounds, words, language, and speech. Speaking is an effective way of communicating and helps in expressing our emotions in words. This form of communication is further classified into four types, which are:

1. Intrapersonal Communication
This form of communication is extremely private and restricted to ourselves. It includes the silent conversations we have with ourselves, wherein we juggle roles between the sender and receiver who are processing our thoughts and actions. This process of communication when analyzed can either be conveyed verbally to someone or stay confined as thoughts.
2. Interpersonal Communication
This form of communication takes place between two individuals and is thus a one-on-one conversation. Here, the two individuals involved will swap their roles of sender and receiver in order to communicate in a clearer manner.
3. Small Group Communication
This type of communication can take place only when there are more than two people involved. Here the number of people will be small enough to allow each participant to interact and converse with the rest. Press conferences, board meetings, and team meetings are examples of group communication. Unless a specific issue is being discussed, small group discussions can become chaotic and difficult to interpret by everybody. This lag in understanding information completely can result in miscommunication.
4. Public Communication

This type of communication takes place when one individual addresses a large gathering of people. Election campaigns and public speeches are example of this type of communication. In such cases, there is usually a single sender of information and several receivers who are being addressed.