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4 Ways to Heal Your Heart

By Brandi Goodman 

With American Heart Month approaching in February, now is the time to start looking at just what you can do to better your heart health. Cardiovascular health needs to be taken seriously if you want to maintain overall well-being and avoid serious consequences down the line. At least five ways exist to help heal your heart and make sure it's functioning at optimal levels. 

Exercise Regularly 

Exercise works to strengthen the heart. The harder it works, the better it becomes at pumping blood through the body and maintaining a proper pressure. Going for a brisk walk or run gets the heart working well. Other cardiovascular exercises, such as swimming and cycling, are ideal to try as well. 

Stop Smoking

Smoking puts a serious strain on your heart and the way it functions. Stop if you want to start healing your heart and allow it the opportunity to rid itself of the built up toxins and damage done. It will take time for some of the effects to be reversed, so don't expect changes overnight. 

Improve Cholesterol Levels

Poor cholesterol takes a toll on the cardiovascular system as well. Improving levels starts with eating a healthier diet. Certain foods contain the good cholesterol, HDL, that is necessary for heart health. Others contain LDL, which is bad for your heart and body. Olive oil, whole grains, fatty fish, and nuts all contain good cholesterol. 

Limit Your Stress 

Stress also does significant damage to the heart, making it imperative that you limit it wherever possible. This is definitely easier said than done, but there are some ways to keep stress to a minimum that will help make it more achievable. Trying your best to stay positive and avoid getting angry at things is an important first step. You can also write in a journal, take more time with friends and family, find ways to laugh throughout the day, such as watching a funny movie, and create a schedule that better helps you manage your time. 

Each of these methods should be utilized if you want to keep your heart as healthy as possible. It's also advisable to see a chiropractor regularly for optimal health and wellness. Your doctor at The Joint Chiropractic can help to pinpoint underlying health problems, see if any joint restrictions are causing pain, and help to improve the function of the immune system. Regular visits should be part of your overall wellness plan. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Portland, Ore.

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