Our body is composed of many organs but there are some that are more important than others, namely the heart. One of vital organs, it pumps blood into your arteries and organs and keeps you alive so it’s important to keep it healthy, especially this month.
February is American Heart month, dedicated to educate people about ways to keep their heart’s healthy. Heart disease is still the number one killer among people in the United States but it doesn’t have to remain this way. Follow these tips and you could have a healthy heart for years to come.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking or using tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors in developing heart disease. There are chemicals in tobacco that damage your blood vessels and can lead to a heart attack. No amount of smoking is safe, so stop now! Just one year after quitting smoking, your risk of heart disease drops dramatically.
- Exercise. Physical activity has many benefits for your heart. It helps control your weight, lower blood pressure, reduces stress, and lowers your risk for diabetes. Aim for thirty to sixty minutes of intense physical activity most days of the week.
- Watch what you eat. Eat foods that are low in fat, cholesterol, and salt, all of which are bad for your heart. Instead, fill up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins, and low-fat dairy products. Try to eliminate saturated fat and trans fat from your diet.
- Get regular health screenings. Visit your doctor regularly to have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked. You’ll always want to be checked for things that run in your family, like diabetes. Your doctor can tell you ways to reduce your risk for diseases that are present in your family history.
Keeping your heart healthy is one of the most common ways to live longer, so keep your eating habits healthy and you may live to a 100.
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