According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for American adults, taking one life approximately every 37 seconds. Many people don’t pay attention to this information until they need it, or unless they have a history of heart disease in their family, but this disease can hit men and women at any age.
At Salud, always concerned about keeping you informed and with the main goal of adding value to the communities and people who follow us, we offer you today these tips that can have a long-term impact on the health of your heart.
- Avoid developing a sedentary lifestyle. If you spend many hours sitting or driving, or even standing up in the same place, pencil in some time to work out or walk several times a week. Exercising regularly will improve your blood flow, and it will help you keep your weight off. Obesity is also a risk factor for diabetes, which is among the top 10 causes of death in our country as well.
- Combine exercise with a balanced diet. Working out is important, but if you don’t complement it with a wholesome diet, the risk of eventually developing heart disease is still there. Increasing your consumption of foods rich in calcium, potassium, antioxidants, and healthy fats, as well as replacing salt for natural herbs when cooking can help you lower your levels of cholesterol and regulate your blood pressure. Some foods that we recommend including a good amount of are green leafy veggies, tomatoes, apples, dry fruits, figs, apricots and nuts, almonds, sesame seeds, salmon and bluefish, low-fat cheese, and dark chocolate. Avoid excess of fried or highly processed food.
- Avoid stressing too much. It’s very difficult to be happy at all times, but it’s important that your life is not filled up by work and obligations. Take care of your mental and emotional health by spending time with your loved ones, going on a vacation, and having some fun.
Although certain risk factors like genetics and age cannot be altered, developing these habits at any age will improve your overall heart health, decreasing, in turn, your risk of developing heart disease, or suffering from heart attacks.
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