Hello this is Jane Brown.  I want to share with you 5 more tips on how you may prevent heart problems and how to thrive in a healthy and happy body. Heart problems can happen to anyone at any time.  We need to understand our bodies.  Understanding how the mechanics of how our own body works, is the key to a healthy life. Eating well balanced meals, exercising on a regular basis and providing your body with the right vitamins and minerals are the major components of a healthy life.

Wake up and smell the roses!

Heart disease and heart problems, known as the “silent attacker” can start early in life. Don’t kid yourself.  Heart problems may start as early as your teens.  If you are not exercising, eating a balanced healthy diet of proteins, fruits and vegetables, your arteries may be damaged by a buildup of plaque which in turn affects the heart.  Several factors contribute to the buildup of plaque on your arteries such as high blood pressure, smoking and high blood sugar levels. This buildup narrows the arteries and can lead to the formation of heart threatening blood clots. Infections such as gum disease and excess belly fat may fuel the growth of plaque.

5 Tips on Preventing Heart Problems in the future:

1.  Lower Your Salt Intake

  • Take the salt shaker off the table – actually hide it and don’t buy it!
  • Avoid processed foods – if you read the labels salt is hidden somewhere – choose low-sodium options
  • A Harvard study showed that you could reduce your risk by 25% by cutting back on salt

2.  Consider Taking Fish Oil Capsules

  • Taking at least one gram of fish oil a day as a preventive measure is beneficial
  • For Vegetarians try Omega 3 capsules which contains the good fatty acid DHA
  • Research has shown taking at least 1.5 grams per day may reduce plaque over time

3.  Lower Your Blood Pressure Levels

  • Studies have shown lowering blood pressure levels may cut heart risks up to 30 percent
  • Montreal Heart Institute studied people with high blood pressure only to find that they did not notice that they had any warning signs of a heart attack because they were not sensitive to the signs of chest pain.  Thereby causing a “silent” heart attack
  • Stressful to the heart, as it causes strain on the heart and damages the arteries, which builds more plaque on the arteries

4.  Keep Track of Your Cholesterol levels

  • First step – go to your doctor to be tested to find out your LDL, HDL and total cholesterol levels.
  • Check on a regular basis with your doctor
  • Cut back on your “saturated fats” in your diet

5.  Regularly Brushing and Flossing is Ideal

  • Cut your risk of gum disease which recent studies suggest that this may double your risk
  • Gum disease may produce four times the levels of toxins
  • Brush and floss at least twice daily

Our goal is to provide you with a few tips on leading a healthy, happier lifestyle.  We hope that you have enjoyed this article.  Please visit us at this website, often, to read more informative articles on your health.

Take care and have a healthy day!

Jane Brown

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