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10 Natural Ways to Protect Your Heart
The average adult heart beats over 100,000 times per day. Learn some natural ways to protect this important part of the body.
Heart and cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death on this planet. Fortunately, there are several simple and natural steps that you can take to protect your heart:
Enjoy fresh produce. Snack on antioxidant-rich fresh fruits and vegetables rather than greasy or overly salty foods. Visit a farmer’s market or keep a small garden.
Start each day with breakfast. This will jump start your metabolism and provide energy for your heart and the rest of your body.
Stop smoking. We all know that smoking is unhealthy. Tobacco smoke contains over 250 separate chemicals that are harmful to the body. 20% of all heart-related deaths are directly related to tobacco smoke.
Control portion size. This will help you to maintain a healthy weight which is important for heart health.
Drink healthy tea. Instead of drinking so much carbonated soda, select healthier alternatives such as tea.
Exercise. Create a simple but consistent exercise program and stick to it.
Manage stress. Chronic stress increases the heart rate and elevates blood pressure. Try to avoid highly stressful situations and people who continually make you feel anxious.
Go easy on the alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, and even heart failure.
Schedule downtime. Listen to music, get a massage, take a warm bath, and schedule time with friends and loved ones. Watch a funny movie, read a good book and have a good laugh at least once a day.
Don’t skip your yearly checkup. Your annual exam helps your doctor to monitor any changes with your heart, blood pressure, and overall health.