Every year as you may blow out an additional candle on the birthday cake, you get a year older. But, have you ever stopped to check your heart’s age?
The important thing to know is that you can improve your heart. You have the power to make your heart both stronger and younger. In fact if you follow a healthy lifestyle, there is a chance that your heart age may be even younger than your age. Surprising, isn’t it?
Read on to understand how you can have a young and healthy heart!
“To keep your heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kind, cheerful, and reverent – that is to triumph over old age” – Amos Bronson Alcott
Exercise for 30-60 minutes on most days of the week
- Controls high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes
- Yoga has the ability to decrease the body’s response to stress
- For the time crunched one’s – break up your ‘workout timing’
Eat a heart-healthy diet
- If combined with lifestyle changes, the payoff is even better
- Consume Healthy fats from plant sources – avocado, nuts, olives helps
- Fishes such as salmon and mackerel (omega-3 fatty acids) are good
- Alcohol in moderation is better (refer to http://www.medicaldaily.com/7-health-benefits-drinking-alcohol-247552)
- Saturated fats – red meat, dairy products, coconut oil, palm oil
- Trans fats – Deep fried fast food, bakery, packaged products etc
Get enough quality sleep
- Sleep deprivation leads to higher risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes and depression
- One needs seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
Don’t smoke or use tobacco
- Smoking or using tobacco of any kind is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease
- The good news is that when you quit smoking, your risk of heart disease drops almost to that of a non-smoker in about five years
Take your vitamins
- Certain nutrients and supplements can work preventive wonders for your heart
- Multivitamins which is full of heart healthy micronutrients – magnesium, calcium and vitamin D.
- Folate lowers homocysteine to healthy levels
- Niacin helps decrease the production of triglycerides in the body, which might be the mechanism that allows the body to decrease LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.
- Spirituality can play a positive role in helping us achieve a balanced lifestyle, which contributes to a healthy heart.
- Spirituality guards against negative emotions and thus may help protect from heart disease.
Get regular health screenings
When you have your laboratory results, make sure your doctor also tells you your target goal levels and what you can do to get there. Getting more active, losing weight, and making smart food choices can help get your numbers into a healthy range.
Partner with Your Doctor
If your doctor has prescribed medication for your cholesterol or high blood pressure, don’t leave those pills sitting idle. Following your doctor-prescribed treatment plan could save your life.
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