Follow these 6 simple rules to keep it beating as strongly as ever!
Add More Plants To Your Diet. If you want an extra-boost of minerals and nutrients to support your heart health, adding more leafy greens and other veggies to your diet is a marvelous idea. Amaranth and dandelion greens, lettuce, purslane, watercress and wild arugula are all great options.
Eat Healthy Fats. We don’t need to tell you to stay away from animal fats and dairy – we know you already ditch them from your diet. But adding some healthy, plant-based fats to your diet is fantastic for your heart health. What kind of fats can you eat? …such as walnuts, Brazil nuts, avocados and olive oil (raw).
Slash Refined Sugar. You already know how awful sugar is for your waistline, it causes mucus and promotes acidity in the body, which is terrible for your heart and cardiovascular system.
Watch Your Stress. Believe it or not, stress can increase your risk of heart disease 2.5-fold—similar to smoking and diabetes. That’s because chronic stress puts the body into constant fight-or-flight mode, triggering inflammation, high blood pressure and other unhealthy changes.
Don’t Smoke – Ever. Cigarettes are terrible for your lungs. But they are also incredibly bad for your heart, and even one can have an impact on your cardiovascular health. Smoking even a single cigarette can induce changes that lead to a heart attack. Smoking increases your risk of atherosclerosis, raises your chances of blood clots, reduces blood flow and puts you at increased risk for stroke.
Reduce Your Salt Consumption. If you eat too much salt, the extra water stored in your body raises your blood pressure. So, the more salt you eat, the higher your blood pressure. The higher your blood pressure, the greater the strain on your heart, arteries, kidneys and brain. This can lead to heart attacks, strokes, dementia and kidney disease. A small amount of sea salt is okay.