Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide. Regardless of its prevalence, there are so many things we can do to reduce the risk of getting it. Below are five lifestyle changes you need to make for a healthy heart
In order to make your heart healthier, you need to engage in more physical activity. Not necessarily doing hectic workouts, any physical activity will do, even something as simple as just going outside for a walk around your neighbourhood. Regular exercise will lower both your blood pressure and cholesterol and also helps you maintain a healthy weight. All of these things reduce your risk of heart disease.
2. Eat Healthier Foods
If you want your heart to be in tiptop shape, your diet needs to change. Your diet has a massive impact on your health. Everything you eat is processed, with nutrients being distributed throughout your body. If you’re not getting enough nutrients, you’re simply eating gross, fatty foods and your heart sure doesn’t appreciate this. If you want a happy heart, you need to eat more fruits and vegetables, not to mention certain meats like poultry and fish. There are countless different foods packed with nutrients that are good for the heart. If you missed the previous article titled Top 10 foods to improve blow flow, I recommend you read it afterwards. It’s packed with valuable info.
3. Reduce Stress
This is much easier said than done but if you want to give your heart a break, you need to find a way to reduce the amount of stress in your life. Studies have shown that heart disease is directly linked to the amount of stress in your life whether it’s turmoil in your family or issues at work. But it’s not just the effects stress has on your body, It’s also the behaviours people adopt when they’re too worked up. Stress often causes people to eat too much and make them more likely to pick up smoking. Stress has a direct effect on your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
4. Lose Weight
A healthy weight is extremely important for a healthy heart. Obesity puts adults at risk of not only heart but also cancer and diabetes but on the topic of heart disease, the more obese you’re, the greater your chances of developing cardiovascular issues. When you’re obese, your body requires more blood to supply oxygen and nutrients to your body as a result, forcing your heart to work overtime to pump, which makes your blood pressure to increase and eventually leading to a heart attack. This might not apply to everyone but if you know you can shed some pounds, be honest with yourself and lose some weight in order to get a healthy heart.
5. Manage Your Existing Health Problems
Not everyone would have a clean slate to start with. You may already have some serious health problems you’re dealing with. Health conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure can all lead you down the road to heart disease. You need to take the proper course of action to keep these conditions in check. These measures may vary depending on the severity of your condition. For a person with type-2 diabetes, your arteries become terribly damaged and over time, you’ll experience cardiovascular issues. The same goes for somebody with high LDL cholesterol; plaque will form in the walls of your arteries, making you more vulnerable to heart disease. If you have any of these conditions, it’s best to talk to a doctor and know how best to maintain them so your heart doesn’t suffer more.
Having a healthy heart increases your chance of having a long life so invest in making it healthy always.
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