According to the American Health Association, about 1 in every 3 deaths in the US is caused by heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to your health, mind, and body. With the knowledge we have at our fingertips today, it’s not impossible to keep your heart happy and healthy. We have a few simple heart-smart tips to get your heart beating. Oftentimes, it isn’t enough to supplement your diet with nutrients, enzymes and minerals such as CoQ10. There are other much more simpler things that you should be doing to ensure that you are looking after your heart and staying happy. Here are some top tips:
Pay it Forward
Start volunteering, visit the elderly or just give a helping hand to someone in need. Do you ever get that ‘feel good’ feeling after you have helped someone? Fulfilling a simple act of kindness can do wonders for your health. Not only does it boost your serotonin levels, it also releases a hormone called oxytocin which boosts nitric oxide production resulting in lower blood pressure which is essential for keeping your heart strong and healthy.
Experts have found that adults who consume less than the recommended dose of magnesium are at risk of developing health conditions such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and diabetes. Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for a healthy heart. It lowers blood pressure and keeps the heart rhythm steady.
Catch Some ZZZ’s
A good night’s sleep plays an important role in overall general health. When you are asleep, your heart rate decreases and blood pressure lowers. If you have trouble getting a good night’s rest, start making simple adjustments. Try a few minutes of meditation, limit your caffeine and avoid eating heavy meals at night.
Eat More Fermented Foods
Foods such as Kombucha, yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi are rich in K2 vitamins. Calcium buildup in the arteries is a major factor in heart disease. K2 vitamins are responsible for depositing the calcium in the appropriate places in the body such as bones and teeth and preventing calcium from building up in the arteries.
Let it Go
Anger, resentment, regret…. Let it go. Some things are out of our hands. Negative feelings create unnecessary anxiety and stress which puts you at a higher risk of stroke, heart attacks and heart disease. Put it behind you, smile and focus on a new, happy, healthy you.
Start Reading Labels
Many of us are guilty of packing our shopping carts with foods that we assume to be healthy. Do we really know what we are putting into our bodies? Food labels might seem overwhelming at first with random numbers here and a letter there, however, the FDA has put together an easy to understand handy guide. Start familiarizing yourself with these labels and becoming more aware of what we are feeding our bodies.
Learn to Love Yourself
Stop being so hard on yourself. Start embracing who you are. Take the time to enjoy your own company, become your own best friend. Put the phones down, forget the FOMO, go outside and let the sun shine down on you. Laugh at yourself often and never forget that you are loved, you are special and most of all, you always matter. A happier, positive mind means a happier, healthier body.