6 Surprising Ways to Boost Your Heart Health

6 Surprising Ways to Boost Your Heart Health

It’s National Heart Month! The number of people in the UK dying from heart and circulatory diseases before the age of 75 is rising for the first time in 50 years, the British Heart Foundation has said. The good news is, there are ways we can take control of our heart health and reduce our risks of heart disease. Most people understand the importance of regular exercise and healthy eating for your heart, but here are some simple tips you might not have known about that can keep your heart healthy.

Eat some chocolate 

– It turns out that dark chocolate is both delicious AND nutritious! Just make sure it has a high cocoa content. 
– Consuming dark chocolate in moderation can decrease oxidized LDL (“bad” cholesterol”) and increase HDL. 
– Dark chocolate is also high in magnesium, which helps your heart, muscles, and kidneys. 

Have more sex 

– Besides improving your happiness and wellbeing, sex can also be good for your heart. 
American Journal of Cardiology researchers show that having a higher frequency of sexual activity (twice a week vs. once a month) can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. 
– If you’re experiencing any sexual health or performance issues, consider looking into erectile dysfunction treatments such as generic cialis

Get a pet

– Pet owners, we can all agree that animals add immense joy to our everyday lives, but did you know they can help your heart health too?
Research has shown that owning pets can reduce your risk of heart disease through improved physical activity and stress relief.Brush your teeth regularly 

– Dental hygiene isn’t just for looks — it impacts your overall health! 
– Dental health is a good indication of overall health because those with periodontal (gum) disease often have the same risk factors for heart disease.
– People with gum disease have two to three times the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. 

Ease your stress

– When you feel high amounts of stress or anxiety it can lead to adrenaline, which increases your heartbeat and breathing rate. Frequent adrenaline surges then lead to a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. 
– To protect your heart, you can manage your stress by: 
– Maintaining a healthy diet 
– Getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night
– Exercising regularly 
– Having minimal alcohol and caffeine 
– Meditating

Be more social 

– Researchers have found that social isolation can hurt your heart even more than actually being alone as loneliness is a form of stress. 
– You can stay socially active by: 
– Reaching out to family or friends 
– Joining a support group 
– Signing up for a fitness or art class 
– Volunteering 
– Adopting a pet 

Celebrate Heart Month by incorporating some of these tips into your day to day life, or, use them as a checklist to see if you’re prioritizing your heart health. Take pride in even the smallest of victories and share them with the people you care about most. You’ll inspire them to join your lead and make lifestyle changes that prevent heart disease.

Article written by Hims.

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