Do you go about your daily routine without ever giving your heart health a second thought? If you’re like most people, the answer is “yes”. Most of us never think about taking care of our hearts until something doesn’t feel right.
Your body will usually give you some kind of warning sign that something is wrong. It may involve some kind of pain or having your blood pressure tested with the results showing it is higher than normal. It’s similar to driving a car and seeing the red light appear – showing something is wrong with your engine. If something is wrong with your car, don’t you take it to the dealership or mechanic? Why is your heart any different?
Yet many of us choose to ignore the warning signs until damage has occurred – or even death and then it’s too late. I don’t like going to visit a doctor either – unless it’s time for the annual check-up or a pain persists that isn’t normal. Many times the pain will go away, but if something is really wrong, it will return. Don’t ignore it!
It’s especially crucial to take better care of your heart if you know you have some type of heart disease or heart disease runs in your family. How can you take better care of your heart? I’m glad you asked. You probably already know the answers if you have read any of my articles or articles from other health sources, but this is a “friendly” reminder.
1. STOP smoking if you smoke. The carbon monoxide damages your heart.
2. EXERCISE at least 30 minutes, three times a week (that’s the minimal amount). Of course if you can exercise every day, that would be preferred.
3. EAT healthier. Eat more fresh vegetables and fruits and cut back on red meat. Eat at least one serving of fish twice a week and limit your processed foods and sodium.
4. DRINK more water and less alcoholic beverages. Drinking too much alcohol can adversely affect your blood pressure.
5. GET your blood pressure checked annually when you are young and more frequently as you get older. You can either purchase your own meter or visit your local pharmacy to have it tested.
6. ELIMINATE stress as much as possible.
7. THINK about your heart health and how important your heart is to your overall health. Make conscious decisions every day to be good to your heart.
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