8 tips for a healthy heart 

Eating home cooked food prepared with known ingredients rather than unhealthy saturated fats and refined carbohydrates is one of the best ways to maintain heart health.

Prefer home cooked food

Whole grains, green leafy vegetables along with lean meat or pulses will keep blood glucose under control and increase good cholesterol levels (HDL), promoting heart health.

Consume protein and fiber rich diet

The more sedentary a person is, the higher the risk of developing a heart disease. So be physically active with 30-40 minutes of walking a day for at least five days a week.

Stay active

Stress leads to anxiety and high blood pressure, which affects the heart. Pursuing some simple hobbies, spending more time with family, meditation, yoga, or therapy are good ways to de-stress.

Beat stress

At least 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep is essential for a good heart health. It helps reduce stress and improve metabolism to regulate blood pressure and blood glucose levels.

Sleep well

Alcohol should be consumed moderately and occasionally. Smoking should completely be avoided as it causes inflammation, leading to coronary artery disease and heart attack.

Quit smoking and drink responsibly

Processed foods like instant go-to-snacks have chemicals, preservatives, artificial colors, sweeteners, and flavours that are harmful for your heart and the body.

Say no to processed food

Make appointments for regular checkups

Regular checkup, especially if you are above 40, is recommended. Seek advice from doctor on frequency of checkups if you have diabetes or blood pressure to help prevent heart and other complications.

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