The heart is a powerful organ that is responsible for pumping blood throughout our bodies, without rest, for our entire lives. Despite how important and hard working it is, many people do not take extra steps in their daily routine to make sure they are taking care of their hearts. The American lifestyle habits of eating fast food, frequent stationary activities, and stressful work environments all damage and stress the heart. We may not notice these effects on a daily basis, but the damage and stress builds up until it shows itself through a heart attack or stroke.
Maintaining a healthy heart is easy as long as you take the time to give your heart what it needs. Junk foods and fast foods introduce foreign materials into the body, which activate the natural inflammatory response of your blood vessels. Prolonged inflammation can scar the tissues or cause blood clots to form in the constricted vessels. The simple solution is to eat healthy foods. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are particularly helpful in reducing the presence of bad cholesterol and fat in the blood. For many Americans, healthy food is harder to access because it costs more than fast food. However, making the choice is vital to living a long and happy life.
Desk jobs and digital entertainment have us sitting around for hours on end on a daily basis. The heart is made up of powerful muscles, and like all muscles regular exercise is important to keep it healthy and strong. Doctors recommend doing cardio exercises for about 30-60 minutes a day, 3 days a week to maintain a healthy heart. In addition to relieving stress on the heart, it can be a fun and relaxing way to relieve stress on your brain. It may be tough to find the time, but you owe it to yourself to make the time.
Eating healthy and working out are two simple changes everyone should make to increase the strength of their heart and decrease the chances of heart disease. Heart disease is still the number one killer of Americans, but studies show that lifestyle changes have decreased this annual rate over the years. It’s up to you to become part of this positive statistic.
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