Although the heart is one of the most important organs in the human body, it is often neglected. Here are a few ways you can give your heart a little TLC and enjoy the natural benefits along the way!
Eat Healthy Fats & Avoid Trans Fats
A healthy diet always consists of saturated, polyunsaturated, and unsaturated fats. Trans fats, on the other hand, are far from heart-healthy. Trans fats clog arteries by raising your cholesterol levels. They are normally found in packaged baked goods, margarines, fast food, and some snack foods.
If you read the labels on what you eat, you’ll be able to better avoid this heart-hazard!
Now we’re talking teeth? Weren’t we just talking about heart health? Yes! Dental health generally parallels overall health. Some studies have even shown that gum disease and heart disease are correlated.
Flossing and brushing every day will help you avoid gum disease, as well as regular dental checkups to catch dental issues early!
You’ve heard it before, and it’s still true! Exercise significantly increases heart health. You don’t have to join a gym to make this happen either! It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you’re catching about 30 minutes of exercise for at least 5 days a week!
If you hate jogging, just take a friend on a walk or try something fun like ballroom dancing!
Smoking damages blood vessels and hinders lung function, among other things. After just one year being smoke-free, your risk of heart-disease will be cut in half.
So if you still smoke, ask your doctor for help. Your heart will thank you!
Don’t wait for something to go wrong. Take the time to invest in your heart health now and set yourself up for health and wellness as the years go by. For help in reaching your heart-health goals, contact us to schedule an appointment today!