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3 Tips That Improve the Health of Your Heart

By Genevieve Cunningham 

The heart is one of the most important parts of your body. Without a healthy heart, we literally can't live. The problem is that we can't see the heart. And when we can't see something, we tend to ignore it. This is why heart problems sneak up on us. One minute we're fine, and the next we're seriously ill. Luckily, you don't have to let it come down to this. If you would like to keep your heart -- and thus your whole body -- healthy and strong, take a look at these tips for optimal heart health starting now. 

Exercise

The heart really likes it when we exercise. Why? Because it makes it stronger. And it also lowers our resting heart rate, which means the heart doesn't have to work as hard. Any kind of exercise is beneficial for the heart, but cardio may bring extra benefits. Incorporate walking, running, swimming, or something similar, and you'll be improving your heart health with every workout. 

Limit Animal Products

It's believed that animal products are one of the worst things for cholesterol and the heart. This includes mostly meat and cheese. The good news is that you don't have to completely eliminate animal products, but rather eat them sparingly. We've been conditioned to think that we need these products at every meal, but we don't. Consuming meat and animal products just a few times per week is enough to provide the benefits without significantly raising the risk of heart disease. 

Get Checkups

Too many people have huge health problems that could have been avoided by a simple doctor visit. Doctors can detect and prevent many ailments, but only if you put in the time and effort to see them. Make yearly checkups a part of your healthcare plan. Don't wait for problems to show up -- be proactive! Taking a preventative approach gives you a fighting chance at a healthy life. Make an appointment today to see your general practitioner, and together make a plan for your long-term wellness. Routine chiropractic care can also help keep you from getting sick in the first place.

Your heart needs attention. It needs specific care in order to function at its best. Use these tips to enhance and protect your heart. With a little TLC, you can keep your heart healthy and strong for years and years to come. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Charleston, S.C.

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