7 ways to reduce the risk for heart attacks

What are 7 ways to reduce the risk for heart attacks?

1. Reduce your weight:  If you are overweight, this puts extra stress on your heart. To reduce your weight, you must keep physically active and keep track of how many calories you eat every day.  To prevent from gaining weight, you must burn more calories than you consume in food.

2. Reduce your blood pressure: High blood pressure puts extra stress on your heart.  For some people, medications are necessary to control blood pressure.  But there are natural methods to lower blood pressure through diet such as eating green leafy vegetables, drinking water and dietary supplements such as magnesium and potassium and fish oils.

3.Get more exercise: `Physical exercise 30 minutes a day, 7 days a week strengthens the heart.

4.Control your blood sugar: If your blood sugar is constantly elevated, this produces more rusting of the blood vessels which can clog arteries and result in heart attacks.  Natural ways to control blood sugar includes eating a high fiber diet, and taking chromium dietary supplements.

5.Lower your stress level: High stress can constrict blood vessels which raises your blood pressure and increases your risk for a heart attack.  Natural ways to reduce stress include laughing, meditation, exercise, and music.

6.Smoking: Smoking produces lots of oxidation in the body especially the blood vessels.  Eventually this can lead to clogging of the arteries which can increase the risk for a heart attack.  There are drug and non drug methods to help you quit smoking.  Drug methods include the nicotine patch and Chantix.  Non drug methods include acupuncture and hypnosis.

7.Lower your cholesterol: Cholesterol is a fat like substance.  Too much cholesterol can stick to the arteries contributing to hardening of the arteries,  high blood pressure and increasing the risk for a heart attack.  To lower your cholesterol, eat more fiber, eat a diet less in saturated fat, and increase your physical activity level.

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About Aroop Banerji N.D., L.Ac

Aroop Banerji N.D.., L.Ac is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He obtained his bachelor science in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California – Davis. He pursued doctoral education in Naturopathic Medicine and graduate level training in Chinese Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in using dietary supplements, diet therapies, herbal medicines, and acupuncture for chronic health complaints.
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