Posted in Advice on December 6, 2013
Your heart is an amazing organ. It beats over 2.5 billion times during the average lifetime. However, sedentary living, stress and poor eating habits can take a toll on your heart’s health. That is why more people die from heart disease than any other health condition. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to keep your heart healthy. Below are some tips for keeping your heart healthy:
Watch What You Eat
The food that you eat could have a positive or negative effect on your heart’s health. A diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables will help keep your heart healthy. You should also try to include fish in your diet two times per week because it contains omega 3 fatty acids, which are heart-healthy fats. Fried, sugary and/or processed foods are the types that you will need to avoid.
Regular exercise helps keep your heart strong. It also helps keep your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol within a healthy range. Many people are intimidated by exercise, but it is important to remember that you do not have to run a marathon to reap the benefits of exercise. You can do simple things such as taking the stairs and walking to work. You need to get 30 minutes of physical activity in every day.
See Your Doctor Regularly
You should see your doctor regularly for checkups. Your doctor will not only give you a thorough examination, but he or she will also discuss your family history. If you have a family history of heart disease, then you will be more likely to develop it. Your doctor may also exam your autonomic nervous system by using autonomic testing equipment. The autonomic nervous system controls involuntary actions in the body, such as the narrowing and widening of your blood vessels and the heart beating.
Do Not Smoke
Smoking is one of the worst things that you can do to your heart. It narrows your blood vessels, which causes your heart to work harder. It also raises your blood pressure. That is why you should consider quitting if you are a current smoker.
Experts believe that the modern-day stressful lifestyle is one of the things that is contributing to heart disease. Stress is inevitable, but you can manage it by meditating, exercising, talking to friends and taking breaks when you need them.
Your heart works hard to keep you alive, so it important for you to take care of it. Managing stress, not smoking, regular checkups, eating healthy and exercising will keep your heart functioning at its peak.