5 Tips to a Healthier Heart
1. Eat Healthy Fats: We need fats in our diet (saturated, polyunsaturated, and unsaturated fats.) One fat we don’t need is trans-fat. This fat is known to increase your risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke over a lifetime of consumption. When you cut this out of your diet you begin to improve blood flow throughout your body. Trans fat can be found in packaged baked good, snack foods, margarines and fried fast foods.
i. Here’s a tip: Read all the labels on your food. Look for food with 0 percent trans-fat.
2. Have Good Hygiene: Practicing good hygiene is an indicator for your overall health. People who develop periodontal disease (Gum disease) more often have the same risk factors for heart disease.
i. Here’s a tip: Brush and floss daily to get away gum disease.
3. Sleep! Sleep! Sleep: Sleep plays a vital role in having a healthy heart. Not getting enough sleep? You may be a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, even if you good health overall or at a young age.
i. Here’s a tip: Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night.
4. Get up and move: Research has shown that if you sit for long periods of time, you could be doing damage to your health. You may increase your risk for deep vein thrombosis (blood clots)
i. Here’s a tip: Move throughout your day. Park farther from the front door at work or the grocery store. Get some exercise in your day somehow.
5. Avoid secondhand smoke: You could be at a risk of 25 to 30 percent chance of developing heart disease if you are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work. Per the American Heart Association, exposure to tobacco smoke contributes to about 34,000 premature heart disease deaths and 7,300 lung cancer deaths each year. If you are a nonsmoker but have high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol you have an even greater risk.
i. Here’s a tip: Try to move away from secondhand smoke the best you can. If someone you know if a smoker, ask them to take it outside.