Where would we be without our heart? It provides us with oxygen and nutrients, carries away waste from our body, and is responsible for countless love songs. Here are 4 ways to make sure that you're treating your heart as well as you can:
1. Eat nuts and plant sterols
It's been proven that eating six walnuts before lunch and dinner can help your heart. This is because walnuts contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids, which work to lower the inflammation in the arteries around your heart. This will keep it functioning longer and better. WebMD also explains that, "walnuts will also make you feel fuller faster so you are less likely to overeat at meals."
2. Drink a small amount of alcohol a day to avoid heart disease
This one might be a bit easier to remember to do! It's been proven by WebMD that, "for women, up to one glass of alcohol a day and, for men, up to two glasses a day can help reduce risk of heart disease." Goldberg (authority here) explains that, "alcohol may help the heart by increasing levels of HDL cholesterol." Just be sure to keep everything in moderation.
3. Reduce your salt intake
Reducing the amount of salt you eat lowers your blood pressure, which in turn will lower your risk for heart disease. The next time you're cooking and you reach for the salt, try cooking with herbs instead! Also, be sure to check the amount of salt in pre-packaged foods that you buy - it could be higher than you think.
4. Don't forget to sleep!
Getting the right amount of sleep is incredibly important for our bodies. Research from the British Sleep Society in Cambridge says that, "people who do not get enough sleep are more than twice as likely to die of heart disease." Try and log at least seven hours of sleep each night if you can!
Ready to tackle some of these little changes for better health? There's no time like the present!
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