Ten Secrets to a Healthy Heart

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At this point, you likely know the basics of keeping your heart, and the rest of your body, healthy. Eat well, exercise often, and stick to limited drinking as a vice while avoiding cigarettes all together. In addition to all of this, there are dozens of other ways you can keep your ticker running smoothly; here are the top (and most interesting) ten:

1. Eat six or more small meals a day versus one or two large meals to lower cholesterol and decrease your risk of heart disease by up to 20%. - The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

2. Consume fish rich in omega-3s (or take a supplement) to lower blood pressure, strengthen your heart, and prevent clotting.

3. Fill your plate with fruit. Apples, grapes, and grapefruit can reduce arterial narrowing, lower cholesterol, and reduce your risk of heart disease significantly. In particular, research has shown that a grapefruit a day can reduce arterial narrowing by 46%, lower bad-cholesterol by more than 10% and help drop your blood pressure.

4. Drink plenty of water (at least six 8 ounce glasses a day) to reduce your risk of heart disease by half which is a similar drop you get from stopping smoking, exercising, losing weight or lowering your bad cholesterol LDL numbers. - Loma Linda University

5. Just two cups of tea a day helps your blood vessels relax, reducing clotting. The main reason for this is the flavonoids in tea which can help relax blood vessels and help reduce clotting by thinning the blood. - American Heart Association

6. It was found that drinking 24 ounces ( 3 – 8oz servings) of cranberry juice every day for a month can reduce your risk of heart disease by 40%. - University of Scranton

7. Get your heart pumping with strenuous activities to protect your heart from various health issues. ( swimming, hiking, biking, running, etc.)

8. Spend just 30 minutes a week lifting weights can reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 23%. - Harvard Study

9. Get married to someone that makes you happy: a happy marriage can reduce blood pressure and improve heart health.

10. Get a furry friend such as a Dog. They can reduce stress, increase your overall happiness, and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle.