The heart requires special attention from the beginnings of life through becoming an adult. Caring for it depends on having a balanced and healthy life more than caring for the organ itself.
The onset of chronic non-communicable diseases, such as myocardial infarctions or strokes, can be prevented and is extremely important as currently, “non-communicable diseases (NCDs), are by far the greatest cause of death in the world as they consist of 63% of all deaths annually,” as stated by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection.
In order to lead a lifestyle for a heart without complications, consider the following:
Be smoke-free: Giving up consuming and exposing yourself to cigarette and wood smoke will give you a healthier life.
Exercise: Being active 30 minutes a day is enough to ensure that all of your systems, including the heart, function better. This also reduces the risk of diseases related to physical inactivity.
Eat a balanced diet: This is not about going on extreme diets, but rather about eating what is appropriate for your weight and age. Reducing your consumption of trans fats and sugary drinks, foods with preservatives and processed meats and increasing your intake of fresh vegetables, fruits and protein is recommended in order to have a healthier heart.
Reduce your intake of alcohol: In some specific situations, completely abstaining from any alcohol consumption is absolutely necessary. In general, it is recommended to avoid the regular consumption of these types of beverages as well as their excess consumption.