Whether you're awake or sleeping, your heart never rests. Its job is to keep your other organs functioning, and it does so by continuously pumping about six gallons of oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. It makes sense to try and keep it in tip-top shape.
How can you keep your heart healthy? Some factors that influence heart health you can't change – age or genetics. But, in many cases, you can take control and reduce your risk of developing heart disease, or, if you have heart disease, prevent further complications.
What you eat has a big effect on your heart. Here are a few simple tips you can use to eat with your heart in mind:
Keep a healthy body weight by balancing the calories you consume when eating with the calories you burn during exercise. Try to get at least 30 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity most days of the week (60 minutes is even better). Exercise helps reduce and maintain your weight. It also helps you maintain healthy blood pressure and reduces stress, which can have a harmful effect on your heart. Learn more about Carolina HealthCare System's Wellness Center.
Here are a few more tips and resources for a healthy heart: