How to keep a healthy heart
The month of February is dedicated to the celebration of love and hearts. During this time we tend to focus more on dates and chocolates and forget about that special, life granting organ beating within our chests.
It is prudent that we take care of our hearts both emotionally and physically, so without further ado, here follows our tips to help rekindle the love for your heart.
Try to eat foods that are good for your heart
We always get told what to eat but do we realise the true benefits of the foods we should be eating? Instead of boring you with the usual stay away from junk food speech, we thought we’d share the qualities of some super foods with you.
Blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of naturally occurring compounds named flavonoids. These prevent the build up of plaque in your arteries, which causes blood clots. Eating as little as three servings of berries a week can reduce the risk of heart attacks.
These seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids and are high in fibre which lowers blood cholesterol levels. Other benefits include the reduced risk of heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Enjoy some seeds sprinkled on your cereal in the morning.
Many researchers have found that tomatoes can reduce cardiovascular disease. This delicious vegetable is very versatile and can be enjoyed raw in salads, in a soup and in salsas, to name a few.
The list goes on longer than we have time to share. The main thing is that you try and eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Chop a banana into your morning cereal, munch on a peach during lunch and serve three vegetables with your main meal tonight. It is a simple enough regime to follow and one that will keep your heart in tip-top shape.
Fit 30 minutes of exercise into your day
These 30 minutes can be broken up into smaller routines of 10 minutes in the morning, afternoon and after dinner. Get active and set your heart pumping, there is no better feeling in the world. Try and focus more on cardio exercises such as jogging, skipping rope and jumping jacks rather than strength training if you wish to strengthen your heart.
Get regular screenings of your blood pressure and cholesterol
In doing this, you can stay up to date with your heart’s health and allows you to take action before anything serious occurs. Some local pharmacies offer free blood pressure screenings and large businesses encourage regular screenings amongst employees.
If your blood pressure is above 140/90 then it is vital you consult with a doctor. Do not avoid the results, act on them so that the doctor can help you keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check.
Leave some time to love yourself
Treat yourself to a long soothing bubble bath while reading a book or listening to some music. Stress is a major cause of heart problems so try and find an activity that helps you relax. Don’t overwork yourself. Make time to watch a movie or paint, whichever calms you the most.
Spend time with family and friends because being surrounded by the people who love you are like a balm to your heart.
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