We all know that your heart is important and issues with it can affect your health in many different ways. But don’t fret, there are many steps you can take to ensure you have a healthy heart, and they’re simpler than you might think!
1. Eat more seafood
Seafood in rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure while improving blood vessel health. Danish researchers found that Inuit’s who ate a high-fat diet had a much lower chance of heart disease or a heart attack than those in Western countries.
2. Look after your gums
Oral health is closely linked to your heart’s health. Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation has found that gum disease can almost double your chances of developing coronary heart disease, as bacteria can enter your bloodstream through inflamed gums.
3. Drink more tea
A cup of tea not only contains antioxidants that protect against disease, but they can also reduce fats that are in the blood. By drinking three cups of tea each day you can also decrease blood sugar levels and increase HDL, a protective type of cholesterol. All of these benefits will subsequently reduce your chance of heart disease.
4. Sleep for longer
Sleep is a necessary part of our day yet so many of us are deprived of our recommended 8 hours. Research undertaken by the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that poor quality sleep was linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular issues amongst 160,000 of those involved in the study.
5. Book a holiday
Booking a holiday and giving yourself that much deserved “me time” can effectively help lower blood pressure and de-stress. A cardiovascular study started by the National Heart Institute has found that people who take a break at least twice a year are eight times less likely to have a heart attack.