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Chiropractic Care and a Healthy Heart

By Donna Stark

Focusing on your heart has never been more important than now, so it is fitting that we have entered the month that celebrates optimal cardiovascular health. This month is set aside to help millions of people become more aware of the many factors that can contribute to poor heart health. From high amounts of stress to low amounts of exercise to unhealthy foods to reactive healthcare, there are many things you may not be aware of that can lead to heart disease. But, that doesn't mean there aren't an equal number of things you can do to reduce your risk of it. Take a look at the following advice from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

Reduce Your Stress

Chronic stress can impact your blood pressure and wreak havoc on the health of your heart. It is important to take the necessary steps that will reduce as much of that stress as possible. Some healthy stress-management techniques you may be interested in are deep-breathing exercises, connecting with others, journaling, meditating, and engaging in a hobby.

Exercise Daily

Did you know that your heart is a muscle? It makes sense then that exercise will help to strengthen it. Daily exercise helps your heart become more efficient, which means it is able to effectively pump your blood throughout your entire body. Exercise also increases your levels of the "good" cholesterol in your body. But don't start panicking about those workouts just yet! You only need to be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day!

Overhaul Your Diet

If your diet is filled with fried, processed, and fatty foods, you may want to take a step back and give it an overhaul! A heart-healthy diet should be filled with plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and heart-healthy fats. Start by improving just one meal a day and work from that if changing your entire diet seems overwhelming.

Proactive Care

Don't wait until something is wrong with your body before you decide to take care of it! Improve your heart health as well as many other areas of your body with routine chiropractic care at The Joint Chiropractic. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help reduce stress, restore optimal function to the nervous system (which directly impacts the cardiovascular system), and lower blood pressure.

February Is Heart Month

With some simple changes to your daily routine and regular visits to your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic, you can reduce your risk of poor cardiovascular health! So start today but don't stop at the end of the month. Keep these new healthy habits going for the rest of your life. You deserve a healthy future!

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

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