Heart Health

Heart Health – A Key Component of  Longevity”
If you want to delay or prevent acceleration of the aging process, you need to take steps to keep your body healthy, and this includes heart health. Obviously, it is important to make sure that you are not a smoker, and if you are a smoker, it is a good idea to not only think about quitting, but to actually quit for good.
While there are many individuals who are born with genetic heart conditions, and must be very careful throughout their lives, others don't have any of these intrinsic heart defects, but go on to cause damage and injury to their heart when it did not have to be that way.  Here are some steps you can take to increase the probability that your heart will be healthy and beat for you as long as possible.
These steps include:
Eating right – We keep saying this, but it is something that can never be stressed enough. It is essential that you follow diets that are healthy and well balanced, avoiding foods with excessive saturated fats and other ingredients that contribute to clogging up of coronary arteries.  Now, this doesn't mean that you can't have anything fun in your diet, or that while highly not recommended you can't enjoy a really greasy meal once in a while, but the foods you eat play a huge role in your health, particularly when it comes to your heart.
Make sure that there are plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, and that you minimize trans or saturated fats in the foods you eat. You should try to get plenty of protein-rich foods, as well as other important nutrients, including vitamins that help keep the heart healthy. Avoiding bad fats is a good thing, again because these can lead to clogged arteries that cause heart attacks.
Ingesting good fat in the form of Omega 3 compounds can definitely help shift the body’s lipid balance in your favor and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Diabetes is one of the leading risk factors for heart disease, so keeping the weight down and closer to your ideal Body Mass Index will decrease your risk for Type II diabetes and the subsequent heart complications.
Exercising – If you are not getting enough exercise, your heart is not getting enough exercise either. The heart is a muscle, and it needs to have just as much exercise as every other muscle in the body. This doesn't mean that you have to spend three or four hours a day working out, but studies have shown that walking an hour a day 3 or 4 days per week can make a major difference to your body’s overall health including your heart.
Another approach is for you to try to fit in at least a half an hour of exercise every day. Things you can do include taking evening walks, and using stairs instead of elevators and escalators if you do not have time to go to a gym or a park and work out.
Taking medications – Now if you have reached a point that you are prescribed heart medication, it is important that it be taken according to the directions provided by your doctor or pharmacist. On the other hand, make sure that the medications you are taking actually provide benefit but do not lead to harmful side effects. If you are genetically predisposed to elevations of fats in your blood stream, you might benefit from taking natural supplements that lower cholesterol and improve lipid metabolism such as Red Yeast Rice which contains a version of statins similar to the prescription drugs used to manage cholesterol elevations.
Emotional Health – Happiness is the number one key to longevity. Your emotions can have a direct affect upon your aging and over and over again, you have seen examples of individuals in very stressful situations develop chest pain and heart attacks you a lot faster than is necessary. So, if your lifestyle subjects you to high levels of stress, it is important to find an outlet or channel to distress your body on a daily basis to prevent an adverse impact upon your heart.
This is only a brief overview of steps that can be taken to improve your heart health and keep you on the path to a quality life and longevity. So, take these steps and talk to your doctor, get regular checkups, along with quality sleep you should be well on your way to excellent heart health.
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