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Simple Things You Can Do to Care for Your Heart

By Sara Butler

The health of your heart should be a priority in your life. Even though other conditions have captured the world's attention over the last year, heart disease is still the leading cause of death to Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That's why it's vital for every American to think about the little things they can do to improve the health of their heart. If you're not sure where to start, then here are a few simple things you can do to care for your heart.

Work on Stress

The increase of stress hormones, specifically cortisol, can increase the amount of fat your body stores near your organs. Stress can also kick your body into fight or flight mode, increasing your blood pressure and heart rate. Over time, high levels of stress can also create an inflammatory response in your body. All of these things have a direct impact on the health of your heart.

This is why it's important to find ways to reduce stress in your life. Exercise is a great stress reliever as is doing something relaxing like reading a book or going to the beach. Make sure you create a balance in your life and find ways to reduce stress so you can keep your heart healthy and improve the overall quality of your life.

Take Phone Breaks

Many people are glued to their phones or other handheld devices these days, something that is not great for the health of your heart. How can your phone habits impact your heart? Well, being someone who constantly checks their phone for updates on social medial or email are more stressed than those who don't, so it's good to give yourself regular breaks from always being so connected.

Get Your Blood Sugar Checked

Increased blood sugar is a sneaky problem. Many people aren't sure about the symptoms they should be on the lookout for to indicate they may be prediabetic or actually be diabetic, so high blood sugars are regularly going unchecked. This is bad for your heart because it can lead to increased blood pressure, damage to the blood vessels, and even a buildup of plaque on the artery walls that can lead to a heart attack. Have your blood sugar checked regularly to make sure it's within normal limits and if it's not, take steps to make it better.

If you're worried about your heart health, then make sure to talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic for more tips!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Bossier City, La.

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