Pressure And Pulse Rate
In the mind body connection, you have two parts. One of course is the mind and the other is the biological or physical body. Of course, I am sure this is obvious, but we often forget these things. Sometimes we only think and speak in terms about the mind body connection as being something mystical and magical. Yet, we often forget the biological component.
Pulse rate is one measurement we can take in our body that gives us not only a measure of the health of our cardiovascular system, but also the autonomic nervous system. Blood pressure is a measurement that gives a better idea how our blood is pumping through the heart and our arteries. Yet, just because our blood pressure is high, that does not necessarily mean our pulse rate is. The same thing can be said in reverse. While they can impact each other, it is not necessarily a cause - effect relationship.
Only measuring pulse rate or blood pressure is just half of the equation. In order to really understand what is going on inside of your body, it would be ideal to know both measurements. In addition, if you only take your blood pressure or pulse rate at a routine doctor checkup, than those numbers mean very little. Factors such as the time of day, what you have eaten, the stress of a doctor visit, or various other factors all play into these measurements.
The best way to know what is going on inside of your body is to measure it frequently. I try to take my pulse rate several times a day using my pulse meter. It is amazing just how much it changes and what can impact it during the day. Again, the more you know, the better off you are. If you can connect external factors to a rise or drop in your pulse rate, than it will enhance the mind body connection.
As of this moment, I'm not taking my blood pressure regularly, but hope to find an inexpensive way to do that in the near future. I want to understand more how both measurements affect me during my day and how the events of my day affect my blood pressure and pulse rate.
There is so much we can do for ourselves to make our bodies healthy. It all starts with learning about what makes us up physically and then connecting that with the events taking place in our life. There is a strong connection between the two and when we come to understand this, we will see other health options for our life.
Recommended Pulse Meter
1) Finger Pulse Oximeter (Clinical Guard)
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