February is Heart Health Month
The sole responsibility of your heart is to keep you alive! It pumps nutrient-rich blood throughout your body, supplies oxygen while removing toxins and is the center of your cardiovascular system. Committing to a healthy lifestyle at any age can help prevent heart disease and help lower the chances of a heart attack or stroke. It is never too late, and you are never too old to begin taking care of your heart!
How can you start taking care of your heart? Some of these you might do every day, and some of these might surprise you!
- Move your body. Physical activity and exercise can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. At least thirty minutes of moderate exercise each day is recommended, and it is important that you find movements that you enjoy. Leading an active lifestyle can also help with weight management and high blood pressure.
- A balanced diet. Consuming the right foods can also help with heart health. Filling your plate with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats can help control your cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
- Aiming for a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night is imperative to heart health. Sleep gives your body the opportunity to repair itself overnight. Keeping a regular sleep schedule and making sure the body is getting enough physical activity throughout the day will aid in a good night’s sleep.
- Practice good dental hygiene. Bacteria in the mouth can often develop into gum disease if not properly maintained. This can move into the bloodstream and cause inflammation in the blood vessels. This can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Find your happy place. A breath of fresh air, a good book, or coffee with friends might all be a good mood boost. Chronic stress, anxiety and anger can raise the risk of heart problems. Maintaining a positive outlook and taking time to enjoy the little things in life might just be one of the best medicines.