Improve Your Heart Health with These Tips
Around 610,000 people die every year from heart disease in the United States; that’s around one in every four deaths. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women, yet, many are not taking an active role in protecting their health from this. To help maintain better heart health, take a look at these tips.
- Control your weight
One of the most important things you can do for your overall health is to maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, consider a meal plan and exercise regime to shed the pounds. Always talk to a registered dietitian so that you can lose weight at a safe rate. Obesity places you at risk for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance, a precursor of type 2 diabetes — the very factors that heighten your risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Exercise regularly
We all know how important exercising can be for our health. There is a significant body of research that proves the myriad cardiovascular benefits of regular physical activity. Start off slowly and find an exercise that you enjoy doing so that you’re more likely to stick with it, whether it’s running, hitting the gym or taking an exercise class.
- Cut out animal-based foods
Researchers found that vegetarians and vegans are 32 percent less likely to die or to need hospital treatment as a result of heart disease. The differences in cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and body weight are thought to be behind the numbers. Cholesterol is only found in animal foods, and there is none in any plant food of any kind, even those which contain fat such as avocados, nuts, and seeds. Consuming cholesterol-rich foods can increase cholesterol levels in the body, blocking arteries, raising blood pressure, and increasing the chance of a cardiovascular event. Ditching meat, dairy, and eggs is an easy and simple solution to maintain your heart health.
- Reduce stress
A few studies have found that there is a relationship between coronary heart disease risk and stress in a person’s life that may affect the risk factors for heart disease and stroke. For example, a stressed person may turn to alcohol, food, or cigarettes to mimic the feeling of comfort and relaxation.
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