Heart is the most important part of our body. Keeping our heart healthy is adding years to our life. The question then lies how we can keep it healthy. A medical research has suggested the following seven tips to keep our health healthy.
1. Get your omega-3s.
The list of benefits from omega-3 fatty acids keeps going and going and going. These anti-inflammatory oils are crucial for long-term heart health. We recommend the three-by-three rule: three 3-ounce servings a week of salmon or trout. And make sure you get 900 mg of omega-3s a day through diet or supplements.
2. Get your waist to half of your height or your BMI under 30.
Avoiding excessive weight gain (especially visceral fat near your belly button) is crucial for keeping your heart free of inflammation.
3. Show some resistance twice a week.
In addition to walking 10,000 steps a day, you also want to set aside time to do a short resistance routine twice a week. Aim to do exercises that target your largest muscle groups, such as your legs, back and core.
4. Support your partner.
Research shows having a healthy marriage is good for your heart. One study using CT scans showed that those who felt they had a supportive spouse had less calcium buildup in their arterial walls, meaning they were at lower risk of having heart troubles. Couples who were ambivalent about how supportive their spouses were exhibited higher calcium levels in their vessels. Though many of these studies use married couples as their subjects, the findings extend beyond the bounds of matrimony. Strong support systems always make you healthier.
5. Know your blood pressure and do everything it takes to get it near 115/75.
Change what you are doing (including your medications and diet), and keep assessing until your numbers are low, because blood pressure elevation is a major contributor to coronary heart disease.
6. Know your LDL cholesterol level and keep it low.
When something like smoking or unhealthy food damages the inner lining of your arterial walls, it creates a sort of nick in the blood vessels, causing your body to send in lousy LDL cholesterol to try to patch up that nick—sort of like spackling over a nail hole in the wall. As that plaster builds and becomes inflamed, it turns into plaque and clogs the blood vessel to the point where either blood slows or can’t get through. Do what you can (through diet, exercise or medication) to keep your LDL cholesterol number under 70.
7. Enjoy an infrared sauna for 20 minutes four times a week.
Some limited studies have found that spending time in an infrared sauna (it’s much cooler than a traditional sauna) can reduce chronic pain, including of arthritis, normalize blood pressure and improve congestive heart failure.