It doesn’t matter what age you are these days, even high school aged children are dropping dead due to heart complication. That’s why it makes sense that you talk to your kids about heart health, and that you know your risks and family history when it comes to heart health. It can also be helpful to talk to your doctor about your family history, if you’ve had any history of heart disease, heart attack, or even stroke, through parents, grandparents, and siblings.
Heart issues can sometimes run in the family, and can increase your risk of problems. That means it can also increase the risk of your children developing heart problems. It is unfortunate that more than 2,000 kids die of sudden cardiac arrest every year. Protect them by knowing your family history, and by teaching them the following things (and protect yourself by being a living example of the right things to do for your heart health).
Eating The Right Foods
There are plenty of heart healthy food options out there, although there are far more choices that are bad for your heart. Start out by looking for foods that contain heart healthy fats, like the omega 3 fatty acids. Fish three times a week is one great way to get this, and swap out your mayo with some avocado to get them as well.
Many vitamins and minerals can help with heart health as well, including those that are considered to be antioxidants, like vitamin E and vitamin C. Antioxidants help clear the toxins out of your bloodstream, which can reach your heart and cause problems.
Getting Physical Activity
Working out can strengthen your heart, and make you a happier person too. If you are not working some physical activity into each and every day you are neglecting your body, your health, and your heart.
Make sure that some of that 20 minutes a day is focused on cardio exercise, which is the stuff that gets your heart pumping. That cardio can also release endorphins in your brain, making you happier. These feel good hormones do more than just make you happy, they help fight stress too.
Finding Stress Relief
Speaking of stress relief, stress can do a lot of things to your body that can affect your heart health. That means that you really should work on spending less time stressing and more time being happy with your life. Aside from exercise, there are a few other things that you can do in order to lessen the stress in your life.
Start meditating on a regular basis. This can help lower your heart rate, and helps you spend more time in a relaxed state. You could also take up a practice such as yoga, where you are working on fitness, relaxation, and heart health all at the same time.