Great tips for a healthy heart
All of us want a heart that functions optimally, here are some good tips that will help you keep it working in great condition. You can work these simple things onto your daily routine and this will help prevent heart disease.
Slim down your belly
Fat around the belly is a risk factor for heart disease. Research mentions in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that excess belly fat can lead to higher blood pressure and unhealthy blood lipid levels.
Get those beans
Beans are rich in soluble fiber and this reduces your level of low-density lipoprotein which is commonly known as “bad cholesterol.” You can also go in for other rich sources of soluble fiber such as oats, barley, apples, pears, and avocados.
Laughter is good for your heart. You will be surprised to know that this will lower stress hormones, bring down inflammation in your arteries, and increase the levels of high-density lipoprotein (HLD), or “good cholesterol.”
Your heart will love dark chocolate
Dark chocolate is not just delicious; it’s rich in heart-healthy flavonoids. It can reduce your risk for heart disease.
Choose a scenic route home
While returning home, go for a route that’s scenic. Enjoy the ride; this will help bring down your stress levels by many notches.
Sexual is not just about bonding and pleasure. Research has shown that it’s good for your heart and can also help lower your blood pressure and reduce the risk of getting heart disease.
Nuts are friends of your heart. Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans and others are rich in heart-healthy fats, protein, and fiber. However, make sure that your portions are small as they are quite high in calories.
The start and stop technique
While working out, intersperse high intensity activity with bursts of low intensity activity. This will up the number of calories burnt while working out.
Build physical activity into life
Whenever possible take the stairs, walk to places that are close by. Try a few stretches when you get up from the chair. Small actions bring big heart benefits.