Ways to keep your heart healthy

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Your heart is the most important organ in your body. Without it, your life would cease to exist. It makes sense, therefore, to protect your heart and keep it in the pink of health. Unfortunately, the modern life we live today is very stressful on our hearts, and such a life with its stressful practices if left unchecked, can lead to complications in the future.

Only exercise and good diets are not enough to keep your heart beating healthily for years to come. Let’s look at a few ways by which we can maintain our natural blood pump in a state of good health.

  1. Maintain good dental hygiene

Good dental hygiene is very important to the health of your heart. Your dental health is a good indicator of the overall health of your body, and can pretty much tell you how healthy your heart is.  The risk factors for developing gum disease is similar to the risk factors for heart problems as well.

The bacteria present in your mouth which contribute to your gum problems can move into your bloodstream, and increase the C-reactive protein which is an indicator of an inflammation in your blood vessels. This can lead to an increased risk of stroke and heart diseases.

Flossing and brushing your teeth daily can help to prevent the development of gum problems, which in turn can help keep your heart healthy for a long time to come

2. Sleep properly

Sleep deprivation is very common amongst the working crowd, especially the ones putting in night shifts. An average adult needs to sleep for a minimum of 7 -8 hours a day to adequately rest the body. Getting sleep less than that drastically increases the chances of you getting a stroke or a heart attack.

Sleep plays a vital role in keeping your heart healthy. When you get less sleep, you are disrupting biological processes that need to happen on a daily basis – this can lead to complications with blood pressure, digestion, circulation, inflammation and so on.

Try to sleep for 7 – 8 hours daily. Make it a rule. If you are having trouble sleeping, consult a specialist immediately, as this condition can be linked to heart diseases.

3. Don’t sit at a single place for extended periods of time.

This is also something that affects people who have sedentary jobs which involve them staring at a computer screen while seated in a chair for extended periods of time. It might help you get the job done, but it damages your health in irreparable ways. Studies show that in people who sit at a single place for extended periods of time, the risk of cardiovascular diseases and fatal blood clots increases dramatically.

Move around during your day. Make it a habit to work in 40-minute chunks, and move about for at least 20 minutes in an hour. Walkabout. Breathe in some fresh air. This will help keep your heart healthy and your mood bright and happy. Don’t forget to exercise as well.

4. Check the fats in your diet

Fats are necessary for our body. They help store energy, insulate our bodies and help proteins to do what they’re supposed to do. Fats in our diets come in many forms including unsaturated fats, saturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and so forth. There is one type of fat, however, which is bad for the heart, that is, trans fats. Trans fat increases the risk of you getting a heart attack. The way it does that is by clogging your arteries with bad cholesterol (LDL) and thereby reducing the amount of good cholesterol (HDL) in them.

When you remove trans fats from your diet, it helps blood flow more freely through your arteries and veins.

Trans fats are mostly found in packaged foods like chips, fried fast food, baked foods and so on. Read the labels properly before buying them. Make sure that they list trans fats as 0 percent. Your heart will thank you.

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