4 Heart Health Tips to smile about!

A healthy heart beats (expands and contracts) 100,000 times per day, pumping five or six quarts of blood each minute, or about 2,000 gallons per day! Read on to learn fun and tasty heart health tips you can do.


1. EAT DARK CHOCOLATE


Chocolate is full of antioxidants that help reduce inflammation, improve blood flow and boost mood and concentration.


The darker the chocolate the higher the percentage of cocoa solids -- where all the good stuff is.


Best healthy dark chocolate is made in specialty chocolate shops.

Don’t overdo: excessive calories increase heart attack risk.


2. Find Something to Smile About

When life gets difficult, carve out time for things that make you smile. Here's a video guaranteed to put a smile on your face if you like animals.



3. Stay Young with Exercise

What exercise is best? One that you will stick with as consistency is key.

Cardiovascular exercise improves blood circulation, which may help reduce the risk of developing clots or blockages in the arteries.


Your heart is a muscle, and regular exercise helps keep it strong. As the heart becomes stronger, the heart rate lowers because fewer beats are required to pump the same amount of blood.


Exercise can help reduce or prevent high blood pressure in some people.

Research shows that exercise can raise healthy cholesterol levels, which has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease.


Check out this lovely senior young lady enjoying her exercise.



4. Enjoy Heart-Healthy Food: Four foods your heart loves...


Blueberries: has antioxidants - removes potentially damaging free radicals that can cause harm to your body.


Salmon: has omega 3 fatty acids which reduce fat in your blood, reduce the risk of getting an irregular heartbeat helps lower blood pressure and plaque in your arteries. *Your body does not make omega-3 fatty acids on its own. You need to get them from your diet.


Oatmeal: Research shows oats lower cholesterol levels keep you regular, and may help prevent certain cancers


Walnuts: A 2009 study in 365 participants showed that diets supplemented with walnuts led to greater decreases in LDL (lousy) and total cholesterol


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