- Get the right amount of sleep – Sleeping too little (or too much) can have negative consequences on your heart health. 7 or 8 hours of sleep will help your heart rejuvenate and prepare for a big day ahead.
- Snuggle – Oxytocin, the bonding hormone, is shown to significantly reduce stress, which is one of our heart’s worse enemies. Taking the time to be with those who we love, helps us release significant amounts of oxytocin.
- Get a dog – People who have dogs report lower blood pressure, less stress and weight loss from increased exercise. Dogs make great companions, too!
- Laugh – Research shows that laughter reduces artery inflammation, increases good cholesterol and decreases the level of stress hormones. The effects of laughter last up to 24 hours, which is why it is important to laugh every day!
- Take care of your teeth – People who have periodontal disease are twice as likely to have heart disease. Brushing and flossing regularly, as well as keeping up with your visits to the dentist, will ensure that you keep your teeth and heart healthy.
- Eat good fats – Not all fats are created equal, and while saturated fats can clog your arteries, unsaturated fats have been found to protect the heart against disease. You can find good fats in plant oils such as olive, canola, and grapeseed oil. Avocado, nuts and fish are great sources of heart-healthy fats, too.
- Stock up on fiber – Fiber is known for all sort of health benefits, such as maintaining a healthy digestive system, controlling weight and preventing high blood sugar. Fiber also protects your heart by decreasing cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of stroke.