There are many things you can do to help maintain a healthy heart. Here are some suggestions....
Eat a healthy balanced diet
Eating five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit per day will help improve your overall health. Cutting down on your sugar intake and carbohydrates as well as including Mediterranean diet food in your weekly menu will assist in healthier living. Avoid the trans fats, limit the saturated fats, and replace with essential polyunsaturated fats. Trans fats are found in processed food, packaged baked goods, snack food, margarines and fast food. Replace them with vegetable oils and oils found in plant and animal foods. Doing this will help to improve the blood flow throughout your body.
Get enough sleep
Little sleep or sleeping less than six hours on an average is linked to high blood pressure and heart disease. Over time, poor sleep can also lead to unhealthy habits that can hurt your heart, including higher stress levels, less motivation to be physically active, and unhealthy food choices.
Take good care of your oral health
Gum disease may impact your heart health. Good dental hygiene is important to your heart and overall health. Endeavour to visit your dentist every six months and take professional advice on how to maintain the best dental hygiene.
Physical inactivity is considered to be one of the leading risk factors for heart disease. Sedentary behaviours (eg sitting in front of a computer or watching television) occupy much of our every day life. Replacing one hour of sitting time with an equal amount of activity may help in the lowering the risk of has been shown to effectively lower the risk of CVD. Guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise per week.
Smoking and second-hand smoke: Smoking not only affects the person who is a smoker but also the one who is inhaling second-hand smoke. Try and reduce smoking and eventually quitting the habit. Also, it was found that people who inhaled second-hand smoke had signs of coronary artery calcification and increased their chances of clogged arteries and stroke.
To know more health tips, try joining a support group or an online group
You’ll find a number of active heart attack support groups on Facebook simply by exploring the “groups” area or simply join our Heart Support Australia Peer Support Group by clicking HERE
So get connected!