02 Jan Tips for Good Heart Health
When it comes to cardiovascular health, things are pretty grim here in the United States. Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in America, and each year it claims more victims than all types of cancer combined.
On the upside, there’s a lot you can do to improve your odds when it comes to dodging heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and heart attacks. Here’s how:
Take A Deep Breath
Do you ever notice how you breathe when you’re stressed out? Chances are good that you subconsciously start to take short, shallow breaths when pressure builds – it’s a natural part of your ‘fight or flight’ response, and over time, it can take a real toll on your heart health.
Try taking a deep breath (or two, or ten) when faced with a stressful situation – not only will this help you ‘keep your cool’ but you’ll also prevent your blood pressure from spiking, which in turn can reduce your risk of suffering from a stroke or heart attack.
Get A Grip on Your Sweet Tooth
For years we’ve been told to avoid high-fat foods to keep our hearts beating strong, but researchers are now recognizing the link between sugar consumption and cardiovascular disease.
According to a recent study cited by the American Heart Association, people who consumed about 20 percent of their daily calories in the form of products with added sugars (like candy, soda, cakes, pies, and sweetened dairy items) faced a 38 percent greater risk of death from cardiovascular disease than people who ate about half as much sugar.
Stop Sitting Around
If you spend a lot of time sitting, whether it’s in your car, at a desk, or on the couch, your heart isn’t happy about it.
Researchers have confirmed that otherwise healthy folks who spend over half of their waking hours in a chair have a higher risk of developing (and dying from) heart-related problems when compared to those who are less sedentary on a daily basis. If this sounds familiar, make a point of getting up every 30 minutes or so – not only will you burn a few extra calories, but your ticker will thank you as well.
All content and information are for general informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for the advice, diagnosis, and/or treatment by a qualified medical practitioner.
Before starting any diet or exercise regimen, check with your physician to see what’s best for you.