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There are loads of important organs in your body, yet one stands out as ever so slightly more important than the others. Your heart.
Heart health is a really important issue. Pollutions, smoking, stress, diet and lack of exercise can all give you potential problems in the future. The problem with a problematic heart is that it’s a ticking time bomb, one it stops ticking? You will be very lucky to have it restarted and even luckier if you live a good life after that.
We’ve pulled together some of the best ways you can start looking after your heart today. Ensuring a longer, more active future.
1: Eat Better
More fish, less salt, no saturated fat, up your fibre intake and get your five a day! Those are 5 simple diet rules for ensuring a healthy heart. Changing your diet doesn’t have to be boring though. Check out this recipe from Paleo Hacks and you will see how simple it is to change a few ingredients and create a meal that doesn’t compromise on flavour or impact negatively on your health. The say an apple a day keeps the doctor away and this has now been prove, by science! If you eat well, you will live well. So reduce processed foods and up your clean food intake.
2: Get Active
A healthy heart is an active one. Experts say to keep your heart in peak condition you need to do around 150 minutes of exercise a week. This is around 30 minutes per day across 5 days, giving you two rest days. Take a walk or go for a swim. Being active is also an excellent mood booster and will help relieve you of stress. Stress has a very negative effect on your heart.
3: Stop Smoking And Drink Less Alcohol
If you are still smoking then you shouldn’t be! Not only is smoking the main cause of coronary heart disease it also causes lung cancer, another one of those difficult to live without organs! There are loads of places you can get help to ditch the habit and it is the single most important thing you can do for the health of your heart.
Alcohol is a stimulant and it also can bring our moods down and add to our stresses. Not to mention the calorific content. Ditching the drink can have a quick impact on your waist size too as it is packed full of sugars which, if not used, are stored in our body as fat. You don’t have to give it up completely. Just monitor the amount you drink and stick to a healthy balance.
It isn’t rocket science but it is important. Start to love your heart a little bit more. When it’s gone, so are you.