Choose a healthy heart! Our hearts pump blood and oxygen around our bodies around eighty times per minute, which keeps our vital organs working and us alive. It’s often not until your GP takes your blood pressure or suggests a cholesterol test that you start to wonder, is your heart as healthy as it should be?
Here are a few tips to help keep your heart in tip top shape!
It is recommended that adults get 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week. Gentle exercise that warms you up and speeds up your breathing slightly is what your heart needs to keep in shape. Seniors are recommended to take it slower and to try and include muscle strengthening exercises. Try to choose exercise that promotes good balance such as yoga and pilates.
Eat a Healthy Diet:
The best advice I can give on a diet that is beneficial for heart health is to eat more plant based foods. Plant based foods are generally low in sugars, carbohydrates and saturated fats. If you include more these foods in your diet, there will be less room for white breads, pastas, ready-made and fried foods. Plants contain natural stanols which prevent cholesterol from being absorbed by the body.
Take Omega 3 Oils:
Good fats, which are found in fish oils and flax oil help control insulin levels, reduce inflammation and metabolise cholesterol. Omega 3 oils can act as natural blood thinners, which can help prevent blood clots, which in turn, can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Red Yeast Rice:
Red Yeast Rice is a Chinese medicinal herb which is widely used to control cholesterol levels. It is said to be especially effective for hereditary high cholesterol as it can actually block cholesterol production. It comes in capsule form which is better if taken in the evening time.
Most importantly! - Keep Good Company:
Spending time with people you like reduces your risk of heart attack and stroke. Laughter works your muscles and reduces blood pressure. A happy heart is a healthy heart.
If you are taking any medications or have any medical conditions, please talk to your doctor before trying any of the supplements mentioned here. Most of them will probably be safe, but it’s always good to check.