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Simple Tips For A Healthy Heart

Heart problems are a very real issue for many Americans. There is a lot of educational material about how to keep this vital organ fit and healthy. But despite this, many of us still eat too many of the wrong foods and indulge in things that we shouldn’t.

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So, to make sure your heart is in tip-top condition, we have put together some simple ways to keep things ticking over.

 

Have A Checkup

 

If you haven’t had your heart checked for a while, we urge you to do so. Although you might be feeling fine, you never know what could be going on in there without seeing a professional. According to heart specialists Topera, conditions such as arrhythmias are hard to spot, even with a stethoscope. You can find out more about Topera and arrhythmias at their website. If you have suffered any twinges in recent weeks, then make this a priority. It might turn out to be gas, but at least you will know for sure.

 

Do Some Exercise

 

To keep your heart beating strongly, make sure you are doing exercise at least five days every week. You should aim to do a minimum of 30 minutes. It doesn’t have to be in one go, and it doesn’t even have to be overly intensive. Even getting up and going for two brisk walks every day will help. If you are doing more intense physical exercise, you can drop the number of days down to three.

 

Eat More Fibre

 

Fibre is found in fruit, vegetables, beans and whole grains such as oats. You should up your intake of them if you don’t eat a lot, as they are very good for your heart. Make sure to include them as part of a healthy and balanced diet, however.

 

Check Your Cholesterol

 

Cholesterol affects some people more than others. If any of your family members have had problems with cholesterol levels, it is likely that you will have the same, as there is a lot of evidence to suggest it is a genetic problem. Even if you don’t have high cholesterol in your family, you can develop it by eating the wrong foods. Cut down on full-fat dairy products, and foods with saturated and trans fats. Eat leaner meats, and plenty of fruit and veggies instead.

 

Cut Down On Salts

 

It’s hard to cut out salt completely in any diet. The food we buy in the shops is almost always packed with it, and you can never watch a cookery show on TV without a top chef complaining that a meal hasn’t been ‘seasoned’ properly. But eat too much of it and salt is a killer. Try to limit yourself to less than 1500 milligrams each day.

 

Are you doing all you can to look after your heart? The truth is; it isn’t hard to do if you are healthy. Most heart problems are completely avoidable by exercising well and eating the right food. And, of course, avoiding the wrong food.

 

 

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