These 5 things could drastically improve your heart health 10



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We are constantly reminded of the importance of regular exercise and a balanced diet to improve our cardiovascular system. However, there are other variables like your attitude and social life that have an astounding impact on your heart every day.

According to the Australian Heart Foundation, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Australia with 43,946 deaths in 2012. In fact, the disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes.

Here are 5 tips for optimal improvement to your heart health.


1. Remain calm and relaxed

Try not to stress too much. When we stress our heart rate and blood pressure increases which means the body is more at risk for a heart attack. You cannot change what happens in your environment but you can change how you react. Be aware and change your reaction to help you chill out. In a stressful situation, take a few deep breaths and try to remain calm.

2. Build social relationships and connections

Social connections are essential to heart health. It is so important to have social support from family, friends or religious groups. This connection can be extremely beneficial to your physical and emotional wellbeing. The connection doesn’t need to be physical, it can be via the phone or email. It’s important that the connection is meaningful so you can count on them for support.

3. Reduce your sugar consumption

We all love to sneak in a few sweet treats from cookies or candies but other products like soda, juices and alcohol are also loaded with sugar. Cutting back on these sugary products will help reduce inflammation and prevent the sugar spike and drop that leaves you feeling tired and irritable. The reduction in inflammation caused my sugar will help reduce heart disease.

4. Be grateful

Take a moment each day to be gracious for what you have, for instance your home, family or simply the beautiful sunset. Let yourself experience true gratitude for the little things and then be aware of how fortunate you are. Gratitude relates to the above suggestion to remain calm and relaxed. The more you practice this process, the more your health will benefit.

5. Eat well 

These super foods have been proven to help your heart: oranges, kale, garlic, red wine, dark chocolate, sardines, lentils, almonds and pomegranates. Try to incorporate these foods into your diet for increased wellbeing.


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  1. I do like this no nonsense approach to improving our heart health. There are too many diets being thrust at us to follow. To darned confusing! I’ve always ascribed to “A little bit of what you fancy does you good!”
    Take time out to smell the roses and as Billy Connolly said in the movie”What did we do on our holidays?” Life is too darned short and we need to let go the things that are important.

  2. Good advice but we all know that regular exercise is the major benefit to our bodies, even a walk each day. I swim, but I also do 20 mins on my fitness ball which is fun and helps keep your core strong. Inner muscles apparently. Very easy and well looking into getting one. Just sit on it and gently bounce. I listen to music but you can watch TV. Very good for you.

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