No matter how old you are, a healthy heart is a key to longevity. Notice I said “a key” because there are other factors as well. But if you want to live a long life you will want to make sure you are living a healthy lifestyle. You may believe that heart disease is inevitable at this stage of your life, but that is not necessarily so. You can still keep you heart healthy in a number of successful ways.
According to recent statistics eight-four percent of those who are sixty-five and older die from heart disease. That is not a very good percentage, is it? Although heart disease increases with age, that does not mean you have to be one of the statistics. Even if you feel that heart disease is in your future, there are a number of ways that you can successfully keep your heart strong and healthy.
Depending on how old you are and what shape you are in, you still should take precautions that will help you lead a heart-healthy life. Check out these ways of reducing your chance of developing heart problems.
Tobacco and Alcohol
When we were young, many of us thought it was cool to smoke and drink. It was the norm in many areas of the world. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize the long-term dangers to our health. Also, we didn’t know of the probability of addiction, especially with cigarettes.
No matter how old you are, it is never too late to quit smoking. Tobacco used in cigarettes, cigars, and pipes have been found to directly affect you lungs and heart, as well as place unnecessary wear on your organs. Cancer is another reason you should not smoke.
In other words, if you smoke – stop! It may not be too late to save your heart and your life.
As far as alcohol is concerned, this liquid drug can worsen the conditions that lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Some studies show that very light drinking of red wine has a positive benefit on your heart, but seldom do we ever hear of any good news with any other kind of alcoholic drink.
It is now well known that you should eat a heart-healthy diet. Make sure your diet consists primarily of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lean meats and poultry, and whole grains.
There are specific foods that are especially good for the heart and these include blueberries, salmon, soy protein, oatmeal and spinach. These foods contain very high levels of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that keep the heart healthy and lower the risk of heart disease.
In our next post, we will continue this two-part series on how to keep your heart healthy. This is such an important topic that I hope you make plans starting today on how you are going to live a healthier life.