Keep your heart healthy with these lifestyle tips.
1. Stop smoking
Smoking is one of the top controllable risk factors for heart disease. If you smoke, we encourage you to quit as it could improve your overall health too.
2. Eat foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids
Omega 3 fatty acids help in decreasing the risk of heart disease. Since fish (such as salmon, tuna, and sardines) are good sources of omega 3 fatty acids, try to eat fish twice a week.
3. Get rid of excess belly fat and try eat a balanced diet
Excess belly fat is linked to higher blood pressure and unhealthy blood lipid levels, so try to slim down by exercising and eating a balanced diet.
Learn more about good and bad fats in this infograph.
4. Avoid ingesting too much salt
Cut the use of salt in home-cooked meals, and think twice before consuming processed and restaurant-prepared foods that are especially high in salt. However, if you plan to use a salt substitute, make sure to consult your doctor first.
5. Be active
Sedentary lifestyle can have negative effects on your heart and overall health. Try to take regular breaks to move around if you work at a desk all day. Also, try to include exercise in your daily routine as exercising may also lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. However, If you have heart disease, make sure to talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program, to make sure the exercise is safe for you.
6. Regularly check your numbers
Be sure to track your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides levels. Make sure to get regular checkups.