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4 Essentials for Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. That means it is essential for you to keep your heart healthy and get started right now if you haven’t already!

According to the CDC, more than 610,000 Americans die from heart disease yearly. That means that it’s the cause of 1-in-4 deaths. Unfortunately, heart disease does not discriminate and impacts both men and women.

Exercise Regularly

You don’t need to become a marathon runner to have a healthy heart. In fact, on the contrary, studies show that regular exercise of any kind can make a significant difference in your heart’s health.

Doctors recommend 20-30 minutes of cardio every day — that means anything that gets your heart pumping. That can be going for a walk, sitting on a stationary bicycle at a recreation center, swimming, or doing any activities you can do alone or with friends.

Reduce Sugar Intake

Cutting things like soda, candies, and cakes can significantly help improve your heart health because it can help you lose weight. The less extra weight your body has to carry, the less strain there will be on your heart to keep doing its job correctly.

Eat Fat

Yes, you read that right! Eat fat, but make sure it’s the right kind! Fat from animals and other heart-clogging foods should be avoided at all costs. However, add things like avocado, fish, nuts, and other heart-healthy fats to your diet. Talk to your doctor about what’s appropriate for you and how much you should eat.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your overall health, including your heart. Smoking breaks down and damages your heart muscles, veins, and valves. Studies show that quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for the health of your heart.

Bonus Tip

Eat more veggies! Vegetables add fiber and vital nutrients to your diet. The more colorful, the better.