11 Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Heart Health:
People take care of almost every part of the body but they don’t care about their heart’s health, better say, many don’t even know that taking proper care of the heart is as important as other parts of the body. The heart is one of the most important organs in the body and decides a person’s lifespan but is one of the least cared for parts when it comes to health. Your lifestyle plays a big role in your heart’s health.
SAAOL is working consistently to provide knowledge of the heart and numerous ways to keep it healthy and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which is the need of everyone, but most people don’t know about it. Check out our other pages to know more about it. But for now, here are the 11 tips that should be considered by you.
1. Manage Obesity:
Accidental weight loss or gain is one of the major causes of heart attack, hence you should track your weight daily and take the steps necessary and try your best to get the ideal weight according to your BMI.
Also, consuming heart-healthy food or zero-oil meals will make you more healthy and fit. Keep a record of your daily exercise and diet to get the result as soon as possible. Engage in activities and jogging, brisk walking, playing sports, being physically active at home, etc to manage obesity.
2. Say no to alcohol:
Try to stop consuming alcohol completely and live a sober life. Alcohol causes memory and learning issues, high blood pressure, stroke, liver problems, heart disease, an increased chance of being ill, a weakened immune system, and other disorders. An alcoholic’s chances of leading a healthy lifestyle are slim. Sobriety may be hard to follow but it will give you a healthy lifestyle and increase your lifespan. So you need to stop doing this cruelty with your body and you will see its benefits.
3. Active Lifestyle:
A sedentary lifestyle is the cause of most of the problems. A person whose body movements are not much, themselves invite diseases to affect their body. Staying active is one of the most important parts of the health of a person and not doing so will make you lazy and more diseases will automatically come in contact with your body. Do exercise or substitute it with any other physical activity but stay active.
4. Stop smoking:
Everyone knows smoking is bad but still many people do it, your body will show the problems associated with smoking in the long run. Nicotine that comes from tobacco increase your blood pressure and heart rate and blood with less oxygen circulates in your body. No matter what you do to stay fit, if you’re a smoker, you’re making it all worthless and going towards an unhealthy lifestyle.
5. Having heart-healthy food:
Eat a diet full of variety, that includes a range of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, nuts and legumes, non-tropical vegetable oils, etc. Limit your intake of saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, red meat, sweets, and sugar-sweetened beverages. It will also help you to lower your cholesterol levels. For a healthy lifestyle, heart health is very important.
6. Be happy:
Laughter is the best medicine, and a natural one. It also increases HDL or good cholesterol and reduces your stress and keeps your soul alive. To get the dose, you can watch some funny movies or watch vines or stand-up comedy on Youtube or social media. Happiness is one of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle.
7. Get more fiber:
Soluble fiber, found in foods like oatmeal, apples, prunes, and beans, prevents your body from absorbing cholesterol. According to research, people who ate 5 to 10 grams more of it each day had a lower LDL. Fiber regulates the body’s usage of glucose, hence reducing appetite and blood sugar levels.
For excellent health, children and adults need at least 25 to 35 grams of fiber per day, but most Americans only get about 15 grams. Eating extra fiber will also make you feel fuller, reducing your desire for snacking. However, consuming too much fiber at once can result in stomach cramps or bloating. Slowly increase your consumption.
8. Boycott trans fats:
Trans fat is mostly present in packaged and processed foods, have extra calories, and lacks nutrients. They boost LDL, lower HDL, and raise your risk of heart disease and stroke.
The FDA has taken steps to eliminate artificial trans fats from the food supply. However, some foods may still have minor levels of trans fat. So, when you go grocery shopping, look at the Nutrition Facts labels and the ingredients. You can reduce your intake of trans fat by switching to healthier foods for less nutritious options. Substitute polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats for diets high in trans and saturated fats to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
9. Don’t stress unnecessarily:
First, figure out whether the stress you are taking will benefit you in the future or if it is unnecessary, but still don’t stress too much. And when you’re stressed out, your cholesterol hits the ceiling. So do meditation or some fun activities, exercise, read, or hang out with friends.
This is one of the best ways to stay fit and it increases good cholesterol and makes the heart healthy by giving you a healthy lifestyle routine. It can help you control your weight, reduce your risk of disease, strengthen your bones and muscles, and enhance your ability to complete everyday tasks.
11. Consider taking vitamins:
Supplements or multivitamins are not necessary as you should already be getting them from a balanced diet. But if your body needs extra nutrients or your diet lacks something or there is some health problem, then you can take supplements. In most circumstances, a multivitamin/mineral supplement will deliver all of the micronutrients your body requires. They are generally safe because they contain only trace levels of each vitamin.
Following these tips will help you to lower your cholesterol levels and the modifications will help you to improve your heart health. These are some of the tried and tested ways of improving heart health though there are many more. Since most people don’t take proper care of their hearts, they decrease their life span as a result of this. This made heart disease a common problem, even in today’s youth.
So other than these tips, we have a lot of other tips under “SAAOL Safety Wheel”. Those tips will help you to avoid heart problems to the best and will provide you with the best solution. We conduct regular webinars for the general public to make them aware of heart problems, if you also want to be a part of the next webinar, visit our official website and book your seat.