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Handling Heart Disease Risks With These Tips

By Brandi Goodman  

Millions of people experience heart disease in any given year. February is often the month designated for learning about heart health, but why wait? Getting started today with reducing your risks can help tremendously toward improving your heart -- and overall -- health. Keep these tips in mind.

Stop the Sodium Additions

Too many people add salt and sauces to their meals. This adds a major addition of sodium to the dish, which is harmful to the heart. An increased intake of sodium can increase your chance of stroke and heart attack. You should skip the salt and avoid foods with significant sodium listed on their nutrition label to reduce this risk.

Get Better Sleep

Poor sleep can lead to significant stress. You need to be sure you're getting good rest each night if you have any chance of keeping your heart as healthy as possible. You need sleep to allow your body the time to rest and recuperate, as well as keep your blood pressure even and your weight in check -- both of which are necessary for good heart health.

Get More Exercise

Exercise ensures the heart is working well. The blood is pumping and flowing through your body, along with oxygen. This is necessary for proper circulation. Make sure you're getting exercise every day and allowing your heart to thrive. Choose cardio options to really benefit your heart.

Lower Your Stress

Just as sleep can help limit stress, so can some of your favorite activities. You should do what you can to keep your stress levels low so you aren't taxing your heart. Watch a funny movie. Talk with friends. Join a support group for whatever it is you're going through. It will all help.

Avoid Alcohol and Tobacco

Alcohol and tobacco can both be incredibly taxing on your heart. Don't smoke or drink if you want to keep your blood pressure in check. The toxic substances found in both of these things can lead to heart disease. Stick with water and healthy foods for a much better chance at keeping your heart healthy.

Your heart health should be considered in everything you do. It's far too easy for the heart to become overworked, diseased, and fragile. If you have a history of heart disease or related issues in your family, it makes it even more imperative for you to do what you can to keep the organ thriving.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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