Heart Healthy or Healthy Heart?, by Debby Kowit

Photo by © Glow Images

Photo by © Glow Images

In this article, Debby Kowit, a spiritual seeker, writer and colleague, explores the possibility of a more spiritual solution to maintaining a healthy heart.  Debby discusses her personal, spiritual journey from illness to good health.  Join me and discover what insight she has to share about this life changing experience.

Having a healthy heart is big business, whether you are talking about efforts to repair, recover or prevent America’s #1 cause of death, heart disease or #3, stroke. Available at our fingertips are lists of remedies that include diet regimens, exercise programs and rehab guidance. Even if you have a healthy heart, you are probably already alert to how to watch for symptoms of a problem or you may be aware of specific foods to indulge or avoid.

As consumers we have the option to seek out and absorb only the information that best enhances our individual lifestyle and health goals. And, we should not discount spirituality as a vital part of a “whole person” approach.

Increasingly, research points to the positive role spirituality can play in helping us achieve a balanced lifestyle, which contributes to a healthy heart. For example, Findings in a recent study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing cite the importance of spirituality in guarding against negative emotions, thus helping to protect against Heart Disease.

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Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org.