A healthy lifestyle is the key to maintaining a healthy heart. The heart is a vital muscle that delivers nutrients throughout the body, and just like any muscle, it needs to be maintained with proper exercise. If we want to lessen the chance of getting heart problems, changing our lifestyle is key. Here are a few things you can do to maintain a healthy heart.

Eat Fish

Eat fish at least twice a week, including a portion of oily fish. Fish such as mackerel, sardines, fresh tuna and salmon are a source of omega-3 fats, which can help protect against heart disease.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women shouldn’t have more than two portions of oily fish a week.

If you are concerned about mercury or other contaminants in fish, you may be happy to learn that its heart-healthy benefits tend to outweigh the risk for most people.

Stop Smoking

There are many steps you can take to help protect your health and blood vessels. Avoiding tobacco is one of the best.

In fact, smoking is one of the top controllable risk factors for heart disease.  Smoking is dangerous for your heart, it causes fat buildup in the arteries and increase blood pressure. If you are a smoker limit your intake daily and avoid smoking in a crowded area. For people who don’t smoke. Don’t even think of starting.

Limit Alcohol and Caffeine

Always drink in moderation. Caffeine and alcohol is known to be good for the body, but excessive dosage can increase fat levels in the blood. According to the Mayo Clinic, red wine in particular may offer benefits for your heart. That doesn’t mean you should guzzle it at every meal. The key is to only drink alcohol in moderation

Get Active

Getting – and staying – active can reduce your risk of developing heart disease. It can also be a great mood booster and stress buster. Try to exercise at least 4 time a day for 30 minutes and increase through time. Light walking, dancing or any form of exercise will do the heart good.

Eat Right

One of the biggest reasons for heart problems is having poor eating habits and consuming too much fatty food. The first meal of the day is an important one. Eating a nutritious breakfast everyday can help maintain a healthy diet and weight. To build a heart-healthy mean, reach for:

  • While grains such as oatmeal, whole-grain cereals, or whole-wheat toast.
  • Lean protein sources, such as turkey bacon or a small serving of nuts or peanut butter
  • Low-fat dairy products, such as low fat milk, yogurt or cheese.
  • Fruits and vegetables.

Sleep Right

Now a day, people tend to push sleeping aside. They keep social life, work and family as a priority, but remembering to make yourself and your health a priority. People who slept fewer than six hours per night wee about twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack as people who slept six to eight hours per night. Researchers believe sleeping too little causes disruptions in underlying health conditions and biological processes, including blood pressure and inflammation

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Brush Your Teeth Regularly

What do your teeth have to do with your heart? A lot actually, people who have periodontal disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease