You might have read several articles about what you should do for a healthy heart. You might have also researched what things are good for your heart and what are bad. So, today I have decided to make it a little simpler and I will provide all the main information that you can follow easily if you want a healthy heart. These are as follows:
1. Healthy food choices
It is important to include heart-friendly food in your diet. Unhealthy food choices can lead to an increase in bad cholesterol, which will invite heart diseases. Try to eat more fruits, vegetables & whole grains and avoid saturated fats like red meat, pizzas, butter, cakes etc.
Your cooking oil should be rich in Monosaturated fats (MUFA) and omega-3 fats. These are found in canola oil, olive oil, mustard oil etc.
Limit the use of sodium and refined sugar found in invert sugar, sucrose etc. It should be replaced with foods rich in fibre. Also, avoid trans fat found mainly in processed foods such as cookies, pies, potato chips, oil reused for frying for more than 6 hours.
Make sure you are not having untimely meals.
2. Keep sugar levels & blood pressure in check
These 2 can be kept in control by considering the above point. Healthy food choices have a lot to do with maintained sugar levels & blood pressure. High blood pressure can be controlled by eating low-calorie food and/or a low-salt diet & also by losing weight (if necessary). Find a healthier alternative to refined sugar as it may increase your blood sugar levels.
Avoid smoking & drinking to maintain proper blood pressure.
3. Take less stress
For me it might be easy to say to take less stress, but; stress is doing no good to your heart.
You might be having stress due to various reasons, but; try to engage in activities that can de-stress you. You can spend more time in nature (go for a walk in a park maybe), find time for a hobby and take some time off. These all things may look minuscule but these are actually very good for your heart.
This is in fact the most important thing you need to do for a healthy heart. Regular exercising could solve most of your problems like high blood pressure, stress, diabetes etc.
Physical activity could be anything like morning walks, yoga, swimming, dance and whatnot. There is so much to choose from, you just need to take a pick. You just need to find 30 mins for exercise and that’s it.
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Now that you have read this blog, I want you to go for a complete body checkup (especially a cardiac checkup), that will give you an idea about what needs to be done. Also, make sure you remember the above-mentioned points for a healthy heart.
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Until next time, Stay healthy & remember to smile.