- Snack on almonds (1 ½ ounces every day can help lower bad cholesterol)
- Enjoy fruits and veggies that are rich in vitamin C and your heart will be rewarded with a potent antioxidant.
- Sweat it up! Strenuous exercise a couple times a week is heart-healthy.
- Don’t forget vitamin D – research shows that vitamin D deficiency may lead to a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Cuddle with your significant other or your furry friend. This helps lower stress levels and blood pressure.
- Floss your teeth – good for your gums, and may help protect against heart disease.
- Let go of anger and resentment – this reduces stress and blood pressure, and can help lower your heart rate.
- Find a reason to have a good belly laugh. At least one daily. Laughing not only reduces stress and tension, it improves blood flow (reducing blood pressure). It may also boost good cholesterol levels.
- Fill up with fiber (afraid of tootin’? Find some tips to help avoid gaseous emissions at the Everyday Health site.
- Try some yoga poses for a healthy heart.
Narula, T., M.D. Have a Heart Healthy Day. Oprah magazine. February 2014.
Westen, R. Top 50 Ways to Stay Healthy. AARP magazine. October/November 2015.