Making sure that you keep your weight in check, control your blood pressure, and quit smoking are all pretty obvious things you can do to enhance your cardiovascular health and fend off heart disease. But there are also some important heart health tips you should try that, at first glance, don’t really appear to be related to maintaining cardiovascular health at all. Here are three that can make a significant difference when it comes to your heart health—and overall health.
Treat depression & manage emotions. Research has shown that depression can increase your risk of eventually developing heart disease. But a new study conducted at the Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, has found that if you treat depression early it can help reduce the chances of developing cardiac problems later. Specifically, those participants in the study who were treated for depression ended up with a decreased level of cardiovascular risk that was basically equal to someone who didn’t have depression. In addition, other studies have shown that those who bottle up their emotions have four times the incidence of heart disease compared to those who release their sadness or anger. So for heart health, it’s important to achieve a better mind-body balance.
Beware of cordless phones, microwave ovens, and other electronic appliances. Many of the appliances we have in our homes are bombarding us with electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) and radio frequencies (RFs). Research has shown that even a simple cordless phone is like having a cell phone tower in your home. All of these EMFs can provoke irregular heartbeats, faster heart rates, and even high blood pressure. Here’s how to protect your cardiovascular health.
Go deeper when reading food labels. Trans fats are the one type of fat that we all need to avoid at every turn. But many people don’t realize that a food product can legally advertise that it contains no trans fats, as long as it contains less than a 1/2 gram of trans fats. So, you need to ignore that claim and read the whole ingredient list carefully to see if it contains “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oil—which are trans fats.
Now it’s your turn: What surprising heart health tips have you tried?