Heart health involves more than just a healthy, vigorous heartbeat and a healthy vascular condition. In fact, our heart possesses a cluster of neurons called the heart-brain. This heart-brain emits a strong electromagnetic field, many times stronger than our brain. This magnetic field can be measured up to 2 meters around our body and explains why we sense that someone is not feeling well or in a mood in the air.
Heart health, stress, and heart coherence
Stress has a much more significant impact on our health than was always assumed. Not only does prolonged stress have an inflammatory effect, but it also puts our entire body into ‘survival mode.’
Experiencing positive emotions, on the other hand, is the exact opposite of experiencing stress. By consciously shifting our attention to positive feelings, we can teach ourselves to manage our stress.
Heart coherence is a term used when we experience positive emotions. When we feel happy about ourselves, the heart, breathing, and blood pressure work together in near-perfect harmony (coherence). This coherence has been made measurable with equipment from the HeartMath Institute in the US.
The degree of heart coherence you are in is based on the heart rhythm variability (HRV). The higher the HRV, the stronger the heart coherence.
Heart coherence, HRV, and resilience to stress
Heart coherence not only opposes feelings of stress, but a high HRV also improves stress resilience. It makes us resilient in stressful conditions, and the aging process slows down.
By training heart coherence regularly, preferably daily, you feel happier, work on your health, and are less susceptible to stress. That is heart health!