6 Ways You Can Improve Your Heart Health Naturally
With heart disease being the number one killer of Americans, according to the CDC, changing your lifestyle and seeking out ways to improve your heart health naturally might not be such a bad idea.
Below are six ways you can improve your heart health naturally and start living a better life. You'll be glad you did, and so will your heart.
1. Quit Smoking NOW!
We know, it's easier said than done. However, we also know that smoking is horrible for you and can lead to emphysema, cancer and other health issues. Smoking also takes years off of your life.
"The amount of life lost for each pack of cigarettes smoked is 28 minutes, and the years of life expectancy a typical smoker loses is 25 years. Every cigarette a man smokes reduces his life by 11 minutes," according to MedicalNewsToday.com.
2. Eat More Foods with Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish such as salmon, bluefish, tuna, and sardines. And if you don't like eating fish, you can easily get your dose of the healthy fats by taking a daily supplement. Omega-3s are great for protecting against heart arrhythmias, atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries) and help to decrease triglycerides. The American Heart Association suggests people eat at least two servings of fish a week. And just as an added bonus, WebMD reports that omega-3s can also help with both brain and joint health.
3. Drink More Red Wine
Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in red wine, and a lot of research published says it's what makes red wine good for your heart. However, the American Heart Association reports that multiple studies have been published showing that moderate amounts of any alcohol can help cut the risk of heart disease. So, enjoy yourself a drink or two, responsibly.
4. A Little Exercise to Improve Heart Health
If you want to improve your heart health, it would be a good idea to do a little exercise each week. The American Heart Association suggests that adults get at least 150 minutes per week of moderately intense aerobic exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity. This can easily be done by walking a few times a week or if you really want to go all out, by joining a local gym.
5. Brush Your Teeth and Floss
This sounds kind of like the obvious—something mom would say, and it kind of is. But, it's imperative to take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing.
"Dental health is a good indication of overall health, including your heart, because those who have periodontal (gum) disease often have the same risk factors for heart disease," the Cleveland Clinic says on its website.
6. Get Away from Secondhand Cigarette Smoke
So back to that smoking thing, heart disease for people exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increases by 25 to 30%. The American Heart Association reports that there are 34,000 premature heart disease deaths and 7,300 lung cancer deaths each year as a result of secondhand smoke exposure. So, steer clear of secondhand smoke.
The information in this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Remember to always check with your physician before starting any exercise or diet program. This is especially important if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications.