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Ways women can boost their heart’s health


Here’s how you can boost your heart’s health and live a healthy life.

1. Tame Your Stress

Research conducted at the University of California’s psychiatric department proved that people who feel chronic or permanent stress at their places of work, or even at home, are more than two times likely to suffer a heart attack. Moreover, suffering from depressed raises the risk of heart disease by four fold.

2. Solid Sleep

Research at Harvard Medical School discovered that insufficient amounts of sleep increase the production of inflammatory white blood cells that contribute to developing plaque in blood vessels. This causes them to narrow and harden. Sleep deprivation and fragmented sleep can both lead to heart related issues in the future if not dealt with.

3. Quit Smoking

Female smokers have a higher risk of heart disease than male smokers. According, to the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention in the USA, smoking causes the thickening and narrowing of blood vessels. It also lowers the level of good cholesterol, and makes the blood sticky. In turn, this is what makes the blood more likely to clot, which can ultimately block blood flow to the heart and brain.

4. Physical Activity

This one’s a no brainer — it’s everyones go to piece of advice, but if only it was as easy to adopt. You don’t have to make a complete 180 degree lifestyle change. If joining the gym was that simple, we’d all be beach body ready throughout the year. Take baby steps to becoming more active, and getting your heart rate up. Scientists have found that being immobile for extended periods of time can adversely affect your hearts health. If you notice you’ve been sitting for thirty minutes at a stretch, remind yourself to get up and stretch your legs out. If you’re willing to adopt a more frequent fitness routine, aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week. aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week vigorous intensity aerobic activity or combination of both spread throughout the week. You can slowly work towards increasing your level of intensity gradually.

5. Food For The Heart

It’s astounding how much you can achieve in the kitchen. It might not seem as intensive or stark as beginning an exercise routine, but the food you consume alone can make a world of difference to your health. Try to lower your bad cholesterol (LDL). For every 10% drop in your cholesterol levels, the risk of a heart attack falls by 20% – 30%. Try to choose healthy fats. This means looking out for unsaturated fats, which are mainly found in plant based foods like olives and beans. Fatty fish like salmon also provides a substantial serving of healthy fat, so try to eat more fish. Twice a week should do the trick. Consuming whole grain breads can make you feel filler for longer, bring more fibre into your diet, all the while keeping your blood sugar levels in check.

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