3 Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

· April 1, 2017
Heart diseases are the number one killer today. Learn how to start taking care of your heart today. It's definitely worth it!

Give your life a boost today. Improve your heart health.

This is another way of giving your body a daily dose of love. This also allows you to enjoy well-being both inside and out.

Our day-to-day life includes countless small habits. Many times, these small habits hurt our heart.

Sitting too much, the inability to manage stress well, and having poor eating habits all affect our most important organ. This happens almost without us noticing it.

The best moment to take care of your heart health is right now. It doesn’t matter if you’re 15 or 60 years old. You don’t have to wait for your doctor to tell you that you have high cholesterol or blood pressure to start making little changes.

Investing in the present means feeling great in the future. We suggest that starting today, you put these easy strategies in practice to improve your heart health.

Your heart, a serious subject

Right now, we all know that the disease that we fear the most is cancer. It usually has a bigger impact, too.

However, we can’t forget that the main cause of death comes from heart diseases.

According to the data from the World Health Organization (WHO), the 10 diseases that cause the most deaths each year are the following:

  • Ischemic cardiopathology
  • Stroke
  • Lower respiratory infections
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Diarrhoeal disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Trachea, bronchial, or lung cancer
  • Tuberculosis
  • diabetes mellitus
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Hypertensive heart disease
  • Premature birth and low birth weight

As you can see from this data, heart diseases are one of the main challenges facing health institutions.

Something that you should keep in mind is that a large percentage of these losses can be avoided. However, this is only possible if we manage our daily habits well.

Exercising, eating well, and not smoking are some things you can do. You should also take into account any diseases in your family history.

Your heart asks you to take care of it every day. In this article, we want to share three ways you can do this.

Three keys for taking care of your heart health

“World Heart Day” has been celebrated every September 29th since the year 2000. For 2016, the World Heart Federation used the motto “Power your life.”

This simple phrase brings with it the strength and motivation we should all have to take care of our heart.

Medical institutions tell us is that people are not aware of risk factors that affect their heart health.

The main problem is that many times, it starts silently. Cholesterol and hypertension are two conditions that don’t show symptoms until long after they’ve started.

We need to open our eyes and be good keepers of our health. We need to learn to give our lives a boost with these three pieces of advice.

1. Walk half an hour a day five times a week

Going out and walking for half an hour a day doesn’t take much. It doesn’t break any routine or take any extreme sacrifices. Your body gets used to it. And, most importantly, you need it.

Walking at a constant and adequate pace is the best heart exercise you can get.

Get out and walk in a natural environment. You can even do it with good company. All you need are good shoes and proper clothing.

If you have bone problems such as arthrosis of the knee or hip, you can walk on a treadmill. Walk on the machine’s flat, safe surface. Also, avoid overwhelming yourself and possibly causing lesions by controlling the pace at all times.

2. Look out for heart risk factors

The first thing to do is to set periodic checkups with your doctor. You should look out for the following indicators:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood sugar
  • Body mass index (BMI)

If you have a family history of heart disease, you should tell this to your doctor.

3. You are what you eat

What do you eat? Do you think you have a good diet?

Sometimes, we’re only driven by the desire to eat certain foods. This causes damage to your heart.

Above all, we need to pay attention to what we put on our plates. This is another way we can take care of ourselves.

To do so, follow these easy pieces of advice:

  • Get rid of saturated fats, trans fats, sugars, and salt in your meals as much as possible.
  • Eat citrus fruits: they’re great for reducing cholesterol.
  • Over the course of the week, eat eggplant, Brussel sprouts, artichoke, broccoli, arugula, and tomatoes. These vegetables are great for heart health.
  • Add smoothies, yogurts, chia seeds, linseed, and sesame seeds to your meals.
  • If they’re in season, enjoy some pomegranates. They’re great for your heart.
  • Eat garlic and onion as much as possible.
  • Eat an ounce of dark chocolate every day. This will add a little happiness to your life and help your heart.
  • Salmon is also a great meat to eat.

Start taking care of your heart health today. It’s worth it!