It’s no exaggeration: maintaining heart health is one of the most important factors affecting wellness and longevity. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, with some pretty scary statistics: 1 out of every 4 deaths is attributed to heart disease. Heart disease affects people from all different backgrounds and across all income levels. It’s an unfortunate common denominator in this country.
It’s common knowledge that healthy eating and exercise can help keep your heart in good shape. Sadly, the relationship between stress and heart disease, such as blood pressure, heart rate, and weight distribution, is less well known. Along with diet and activity, floatation therapy can help protect your heart from disease.
Stress Is Bad for the Heart
Stress is a major contributing factor to heart disease. Stress itself creates problems in the body, such as increased blood pressure and an increased likelihood for blood clots. Both of these can increase one’s chances for developing heart diseases.
Consistently high levels of stress hormones such as cortisol also wreak havoc on the body. Elevated levels of stress hormones raise the heart rate. Cortisol also causes higher concentrations of fat in the abdominal region. Abdominal fat puts the most stress on the heart and increases a person’s risk of heart disease. The way we cope with stress is a secondary problem. Many people turn to unhealthy and heart-damaging behaviors to manage anxiety, such as smoking, illicit drugs, alcohol abuse, and binge eating.
Reducing Stress Naturally
Floatation therapy helps lower stress and promotes better heart health. Floating naturally lower blood pressure, heart rate, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Furthermore, floatation therapy has no negative side effects. By reducing stress through floating rather than heart-damaging behaviors like drinking alcohol and smoking, floaters get the benefits of stress relief naturally without any of the drawbacks of unhealthy or unsafe methods.
Magnesium and Insulin
Floatation therapy uses water that contains Epsom salts rich in magnesium. As a floater relaxes, he or she is absorbing this magnesium through the skin. Magnesium helps the body process insulin, which lowers a person’s risk of developing type 2 Diabetes.
Shockingly, diabetes doubles a person’s risk of heart disease. Diabetes also increases cholesterol levels, making it a serious danger to heart health. Overall, the benefits of floatation therapy in this area are clear. Contact us today at Northwest Float Center to keep your heart healthy.