Seven steps to a healthy Heart !

Seven steps to a healthy Heart !

1) Eat a diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, lean sources of protein, and healthy fats such as from nuts, seeds, and cold-water fish to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. Avoid processed and pre-packaged foods and minimize dining out. Keep your blood sugar levels stable by avoiding added sugars in your foods and beverages.

2) Meditate regularly. Meditation has been shown to reduce blood pressure and alleviate the physical effects of the stress response. More recent meditation studies have shown alterations in gene regulation towards a healthier state.
3) Be physically active. Even if you do not have time to do a complete exercise routine, find ways in your daily life to be more active by walking more, driving less, taking the stairs, etc. Even small bursts of exercise can be beneficial.

4) Deal with your emotions. Emotional distress can cause a stress response in the body leading to increases in blood pressure and inflammation. Certain tendencies such as anger and hostility have been related to elevated risks of heart disease. Find support from a counselor, friend, or even a group.
5) Disconnect to connect. The constant pull of smartphones, computers, and media can keep stress levels rising. Make sure to have some free time and consider connecting to nature. Look at the night sky, take a walk among a greenbelt or body of water, feel the warmth of the sun on your body, gaze into the eyes of a friend or loved one.

6) Get a good night’s rest. Lack of sleep may be related to elevations in blood pressure, stress hormones, and overweight. Set up a relaxing routine to help set the stage for sleep and aim to be in bed by 10:30. Click here for more sleeping tips.

7) If you smoke, take the steps needed to quit for good. If you don’t smoke, don’t start.

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