Heart diseases have become more common today, and given the fact that we’ve been relying on processed and packaged food and takeouts for our meals, the numbers are only increasing. While there’s a lot of advice out there revolving around how to improve heart health, most of it may seem too much to do.
And that’s why we’ve broken it all down into 5 simple steps. Following these quick steps can improve your heart health in more ways than one. Read on…
Cut Back on the Sugar
If there’s a one stop solution to improving your heart health, it is this. Cutting back on your sugar intake, especially if you tend to consume more of packaged and processed foods, is a great way to get started. Sugar has been found linked to chronic inflammation, which in turn, triggers several heart diseases.
Add these Foods
One of the best ways to boost your heart health is to just include more of heart healthy foods to your diet. Find ways to sneak in omega 3 fatty acids (think salmon and cod) and good fats (think nuts). Foods like red cabbage (which is rich in vitamin C), tomatoes (which packs in lycopene), tart cherries (which are rich in antioxidants) and chocolate (which contains flavonols) are all heart healthy- so try to get more of ‘em. Vitamin D rich foods and non acid fruits are also excellent when it comes to boosting heart health.
Socializing and making connections are also vital to heart health. Be it planning a weekend out with your close friends and family or just doing something for a social cause on a Sunday evening- it can all help stimulate the release of endorphins (the feel good hormones) which has extraordinary benefits for the heart.
Stress may seem like an inseparable part of your life, and believe it or not, it is one of the major triggers of blood pressure surges and other heart issues, not to mention an increase in the risk of heart attacks as well. So the next time you start to feel stressed out over something, take a few deep breaths and head out into the nature for a bit to relax, or even better just take a nice warm bath or a quick nap.
There aren’t enough words to be stressed on how important it is to practice gratefulness on a daily basis- not only does it have an impact on your mind and physical body, but it also affects the situations you attract into your life on a daily basis. Make it a point to thank a higher power, or just feel blessed for the things you have, even if things don’t seem to be going your way.
It is also a good idea to start a gratitude journal or just note down 5 things you’re grateful for today in your notepad, and make it a point to do it everyday. This simple activity has been found to dramatically improve both mental and heart health.