13 Ways You Can Improve Your Heart Health Throughout the Year
1. Sleep – Most people need about seven hours of sleep per night. Need sleep? Try Natural Wellness’s Fast Asleep melatonin that helps you fall asleep and wake up feeling refreshed.
2. Know Your Numbers – High blood pressure can damage the heart so get your blood pressure checked regularly, every year if you are over 40.
3. Stop Smoking – Quit smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes!
4. Weighty Matters – Achieve and maintain a healthy weight, especially if you are carrying the extra weight around your mid-section. UltraNourish, a superfood protein shake, has 16 grams of pea protein and 1,450 mg in its Green Food/Spirulina Blend that will fill you up and keep you feeling full for hours, reducing your cravings.
5. Stress Less – Stress-reducing activities such as meditation and yoga can help lower your stress responses, many of which can cause damage to your heart.
6. Drink Less – Alcohol, especially consumed chronically, can damage your heart as well as lead to weight gain. While moderate consumption of alcohol can help raise HDL (“good” cholesterol) levels and aid in preventing blood clot formation, but it is important not to overindulge.
7. Fill Up with Fiber – Adding fiber to your diet helps you feel fuller, and aids in weight loss by binding with fats in the digestive tract, reducing fat absorption and cholesterol.
8. Move It! – Moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes a day will help in reducing stress and burning excess calories, as well as aiding in regulating your insulin levels.
9. Reduce Salt – High salt intake is associated with increased levels of heart disease, so limit salt intake significantly. Beware when eating out, as most restaurant food is very high in salt, as are processed foods.
10. Eat Healthy Fats – Healthy fats such as avocado, salmon, and nuts can help to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL), which is good for your heart. They can also add fiber and protein to your healthy diet.
11. Be Social – Studies have shown that those who engage in social activity have lower levels of stress and heart disease over time.
12. Play with Fido – Spending time with pets, yours or those at a shelter, is excellent for reducing stress in both you and the animal.
13. Unplug – Taking time to relax and unwind on a regular basis is a good way to relieve chronic stress and improve heart health.
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