Thursday, February 16, 2023

How To Take Care Of Your Heart

All your organs are important, but the heart is something that is easily damaged and therefore needs perhaps more care taken over it than other organs (although that’s not to say you can ignore your lungs, kidney, and liver, for example – they all need to be looked after). 


When it comes to the heart, there are a number of things you can do in the comfort of your own home and without any expert help to ensure you keep things as healthy as possible. If you do feel there is a problem, it’s always best to speak to your doctor, but when it comes to preventative measures for heart health, read on for some tips. 


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Eat Less Salt

If you have a lot of salt in your diet this can raise your blood pressure. When you have high blood pressure, you run a great risk of having a stroke or developing heart disease. Therefore, it makes sense to reduce your salt intake as much as you can – ideally, forgoing extra salt altogether. 


The average healthy adult can have up to 6g of salt each day. Any more than this, and you are putting your heart health at risk. Ideally, you should look for food that contains no more than 1.5g of salt when you are shopping for groceries. 


In order to have less salt in your diet, you can substitute it for other herbs. Garlic is a good option, and so are paprika, chilli powder, and thyme, among other choices. 


Eat Less Sugar 

As well as eating less salt, you should try to eat less sugar in your diet as well. Although sugar isn’t known to directly cause health problems with the heart, it does cause both weight gain and tooth decay. Weight gain will be bad for the heart because the more you weigh, the harder the heart has to work. Plus, when you have tooth decay, your gums can easily get infected, and the infection can travel to the heart. 


Remove sugar from your diet altogether if you can, and only allow yourself the occasional treat if you want to be extra healthy. Don’t assume that switching to sugar substitutes is a good idea, though; these chemicals are also known to be bad for your health (they are worse than sugar in a lot of ways). 



Your heart is under a lot of stress and strain, and the more anxious and tense you are, the more stress your heart will have to bear. If you can relax as much as possible, your heart won’t have to struggle so hard, and it will stay healthier for longer. 


There are many options when it comes to de-stressing, but one that a lot of people enjoy is CBD either as an oil or in capsule form. This natural product has anti-inflammatory properties that mean you can feel more relaxed when using it. If you add other relaxation techniques to the mix, such as listening to music, going for a walk, or doing a fun hobby, your heart will benefit hugely. 

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