Feb 2022. This article is independently written by Shelby Golding. All opinions given are hers. Shelby has been certified as a personal trainer and nutritional specialist since 2007. In 2008, she found her passion for writing about these topics and hasn't looked back.
Part of why heart disease is so common in the United States is Americans' unhealthy relationship with food. About 25% of Americans consume some type of fast food every day. Obesity, diabetes, lack of physical activity, and excessive alcohol use are some common ailments that increase your risk of developing heart disease.
Easy Heart Health Hacks
1. Replace Processed Foods with Fresh
2. Watch the Scale
Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight will tell you that wanting to lose weight and doing it are two very different things. A few crucial steps are eating a healthy and well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, managing stress, and getting enough sleep. These four pillars of health need to be in balance before you can lose weight.
3. Do Something Nice for Yourself
Unfortunately, chronic stress is becoming more and more common. People with chronic stress have a response that is on and off for days, weeks, or even months at a time. The resulting release of adrenaline and cortisol wreaks havoc in the body. Chronic stress also puts a constant strain on your heart. As a result, it increases your risk of heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, and stroke.
Stress management looks different for everyone, but it begins with self-care. Start by doing something nice for yourself, like buying yourself a heart-healthy lunch or taking a five-minute meditation break in the middle of a stressful day.
4. Work on Your Sex Life
A healthy sex life is about more than physical activity. Sex boosts serotonin which fights off depression and stress. It also helps you feel more connected to your partner. Screening for sexual activity can prevent cardiac events and is, therefore, a key part of heart health.
5. Get Your Numbers Checked
Cholesterol and triglycerides are types of lipids that are moved around by the circulatory system. Cholesterol builds cells, and triglycerides store unused calories. However, in large quantities, they can build up on the artery walls and block blood flow.
When your doctor checks blood pressure, they check the systolic and diastolic levels. The first tells the force your heart is exerting on your arteries with each beat. The second is the force between beats. High blood pressure means that your heart is exerting too much force, and your risk of heart attack or stroke increases dramatically.
Work on Your Healthy Habits
For those who struggle to stay healthy and active due to chronic pain, remember to use your Kailo Pain Patch whenever you could use a pick-me-up! Kailo is designed to relieve pain in seconds and a recent study showed that 99% of patients felt pain relief with Kailo within 10 minutes of using it.