Taking care of a women’s heart health
We listen to our heart often but do we care for it as much as it deserves? We women often tend to take our health for granted in between all the life that happens. Our hearts are far to precious for us to leave them behind, after all it’s the women’s heart that makes her stronger.
So, how can you take care of your heart’s health?
1. Get Enough Sleep:-
Our lives have become so fast paced that we tend to miss our sleep. Studies recommend a good 6 to 7 hours of sleep can help your heart stay healthier. Sleep deprivation has been related to high blood pressure, makes weight loss difficult, and makes you less likely to exercise.
2.Managing your weight:-
Obesity is a key risk factor for heart disease, and where you store your fat is important.” Women who carry their weight in the midsection, rather than the buttocks, hips, and thighs, are more likely to develop heart disease. How do you get rid of the “menopot” of belly fat that can build up later in life and increase your risk of heart disease? Avoid the dreaded white carbs.” Women become carb-intolerant and more sensitive to the effects of simple sugar and white carbs as they approach menopause. Reduce your consumption of sugar and white-flour foods.
3.Manage stress better:-
Well, we can’t really live stress free, that is not how life works but what we can do is manage stress better so it doesn’t take a toll on our health. Chronic stress can create risk of heart disease or can lead to behavioral changes like overeating, high BP that leads to an unhealthy heart. Eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep to help you manage stress. Consider speaking with a friend, parent, doctor, or counselor about your stress.
4. Get annual checkups:-
Prepare for the meeting in the same way that you would for a meeting with a financial adviser. Prepare to talk about any family history of heart disease or any concerns you may have. “You should not be a couch potato. You should talk to each other.” Learn your vital health statistics, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.
5.Say goodbye to Trans-Fats:-
Women who consume the greatest trans fats (or trans fatty acids) are three times more likely than women who consume the least amount of trans fats to develop heart disease. Reduce your risk of heart disease by avoiding fried meals and consuming fewer packaged goods such as cookies, crackers, and pastries. Women should consider excellent fats like canola and olive oils, flaxseed oil, and walnuts, as well as nutrients from all diet groups.
6. Control the amount of salt intake:-
After 55, women are more likely to develop high blood pressure than men, says the AHA. Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure — which is why all heart-healthy recipes use no salt at all, or low-sodium ingredients. Your goal? Keep your blood pressure at 120/80 mm/Hg or below. Start by tossing out your salt shaker and reading food labels to add up the sodium content, Goldberg says. “Limit your salt intake to less than 2.3 grams of salt per day.
7. Exercise more:-
High cholesterol is a risk factor for both men and women, but women are more likely to be affected than males. Women who have “Men with low levels of “good” cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL) and high triglyceride levels may be at a higher risk of heart disease than men with equal numbers. Women are more susceptible to these risk factors than men. To compensate Make your life more aerobic.” Aerobic exercise raises “good” cholesterol and lowers triglycerides, a type of blood fat.
To sum up, all you need to do is have the right meals with a good amount of nutrients and fats and get a well 8-hour sleep to lower the risk of heart problems and live a healthy and happy life.