Heart Health Tips

Thanks in advance for sharing! Jeanne :)

Heart Health Tips

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Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in men and women in the US. In fact, more people die from heart disease than from all forms of cancer combined. This means that heart health should be our top priority, so let’s look at the top 9 ways to care for this vital organ.

Stop Smoking! Smoking is bad for general health and smokers are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack as those who don’t smoke.

Physical activity is essential to keeping a healthy heart, this means aerobic activity like walking, cycling or running that elevates the heart rate to keep it strong, and to control weight that greatly contributes to heart disease.

Trans fats are really bad for the heart and should be avoided. This includes, anything fried, pie, margarine, frosting, bacon, donuts, boxed food and even some crackers.

Check food labels to monitor intake of trans fats.

Get into the habit of eating whole real food on a regular basis, this means grilled lean meats and fish, whole fresh vegetables, fruit and whole grains like whole oats, and brown rice instead of white starches.

Olive oil, avocado, and walnuts are some of your best choices in heart healthy fats.
High cholesterol is also very bad for the heart and should be checked regularly. Following a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise, helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Reduce your stress levels to reduce the release of stress hormones that can have a negative impact on heart health.

Relaxation inducing activities, like yoga and meditation are great options to reduce stress. Take the time to relax, and make it a priority. The better you take care of yourself, the less stress you put on your heart.

Sleep and heart health are closely related. Make sure that you get between 6 and 8 hours of sleep every night. Getting enough sleep improves heart health, boosts immunity, and helps with weight loss.

Too much alcohol can affect heart health. However, if you do drink, choose red wine as studies have shown that moderate consumption can reduce the risk of blood clots and prevent arterial damage.

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Get regular check-ups, this is especially important for men who tend to neglect preventative health care. Monitor blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels that can alert to any issues early on so your doctor can take any necessary action.

Take care of your heart and it will serve you well into old age!

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Thanks in advance for sharing! Jeanne :)

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