5 Heart Healthy Tips for American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, a time when we recognize the importance of heart health. And yes, heart health has a major impact on vein health too. This impressive organ sends life-giving oxygen,, nutrient through your bloodstream and beats nearly 3 Billion times, nonstop in our lifetime.

To ensure your heart is healthy, here are five things to consider: (Adapted Via)

Exercise to support, not strain, your heart.

Research has found that lower-intensity exercise (staying just below your target heart rate) is healthier than exercise that’s high stress and high intensity.

Enjoy Nature and Relaxing 

Stress is bad for the heart. Try to get outdoors and connect with nature daily Doing anything outside, whether it’s taking a hike or sitting in the park, significantly reduces stress hormones and lowers blood pressure, which benefits your heart.

 Eat more heart-healthy foods.

There are certain foods that are heart protective because they contain omega 3 and other healthy fats, critical vitamins and minerals, and fiber and phytonutrients that help keep heart tissues healthy. Here’s a partial list of foods you should eat more of: salmon, ground flaxseed, oatmeal, black or pinto beans, raw almonds and walnuts, and brown rice. Among the many heart-healthy fresh fruits and vegetables, these are especially beneficial: orange vegetables, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, asparagus, orange fruits, and blueberries. 

Get 6-8 hours of sleep at night.

A recent study found that getting too little or too much sleep is bad for the heart, increasing one’s risk for heart disease. (Read study here.) However, there’s another good reason to work on getting the right amount of sleep. Sleep washes away any negatives from the day before and helps you feel charged up and ready to go for the next day.

 Seek laughter and happiness

Scientists have found ample evidence for the health benefits of lightheartedness and optimism for healing and fighting off illness. Seeking happiness-producing activities is a good way to relieve stress, enjoy others’ company, and feel better. Give it a try this month. It will do your heart good.

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