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Building Up For a Healthier Heart

It’s heart awareness month, so let’s talk about heart disease which is currently the leading factor of death for both males and females in the United States (CDC). In fact, the same source reports 600,000 people in the US die every year due to heart disease. These are numbers which require us to talk about the importance of a healthy heart. Doctors suggest activities that can help you keep your heart in check, with exercise and sleep at the top of the list. Here are a few more tips that are less commonly known, but equally important.

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  • Cut the salt: Put down the salt shaker and opt for other seasonings that are not only flavorful but good for your heart too. In fact, turmeric is known to help ease pain and lower the chances of heart attacks.
  • Oily fish: Mackerel and sardines are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids which helps fend off heart diseases.
  • Less stress: Mental stress has a direct impact on blood pressure, which in turn has an effect on our hearts. Under such conditions, do activities that relieve stress such as walking, exercising, or sports. You can even take up a relaxing hobby like knitting or painting to help take your worries away.
  • Healthy portions: Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. The natural nutrients and vitamins that they contain benefit the body in a variety of ways and stop the buildup of unnatural fats.
  • Stop smoking: There is no two ways about it. Stop smoking and your lungs will get healthier which means the blood exchange between the heart and the lungs will become smoother.
  • Be aware of blood pressure: Monitor your health with annual physicals. Not only will your blood pressure be tested but your physician will also conduct other necessary exams to keep your health on track.

There are, of course, more steps we can take but it begins with awareness so it is important that we start taking small steps as we aim for a healthy heart.