6 Ways to Promote Heart Health

heart-healthCardiovascular disease and heart attacks are a leading cause of death in the United States and Canada. More than ever, it’s important to take steps to promote heart health.

There are many ways to keep your heart strong, and proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are key. Below you’ll find 5 ways to promote heart health.

Stay Active

Exercising is a great way to lower your cardiovascular risk. It can help lower your blood pressure, improve your cholesterol profile, aid in managing your weight and lower inflammation. Try going for a 30 minute walk, practicing yoga and incorporating strength training.

Choose Healthy Foods

Making healthy dietary choices is also important when looking to promote heart health. It’s best to talk to a nutritionist, who can make the proper recommendations for your situation.

Reduce Your Stress Level

Take time to participate in activities that reduce your stress level. Take some time each night to completely unplug. Put the computer and your smartphone down and pick up a book or listen to some relaxing music. Lowering stress will help reduce your blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol (stress hormone) levels.

Get Enough Sleep

Did you know that people who get less than seven hours of sleep each night have higher blood pressure and higher levels of cortisol? These factors put your arteries at greater risk of plaque buildup. In addition, current research demonstrates you are twice as likely to die of heart disease if you don’t get enough sleep.

Quit Smoking

While this is a difficult challenge for many people, it’s vital to keeping your heart healthy. Smoking elevates your risk of both cardiovascular disease and cancer. Speak to your health care provider for assistance with creating a smoking cessation plan.

Supplement with CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) provides big benefits for your heart. A recent study showed that CoQ10 cuts mortality by half for patients that have heart failure. In other studies, supplementing with CoQ10 was shown to potentially prevent cardiovascular disease by inhibiting LDL cholesterol oxidation and by the maintaining optimal cellular and mitochondrial function.

coq10Where to Buy CoQ10

Your local health food store will carry CoQ10 supplements and should be able to help you choose the right one for your heart. This month, Healthy Planet has all Natural Factors CoQ10 supplements on sale for 15% off the regular price!

Sources

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/prevention/7-simple-ways-to-improve-heart-health.aspx

http://www.webmd.com/heart/features/12-tips-for-better-heart-health

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10416041

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/261072.php

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About the Author:

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Chrystal Johnson, publisher of Happy Mothering and founder of Green Moms Media, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family’s life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who’s willing to listen. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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