Heart disease is still a scourge frightening for most people. Around the world, the number of patients with this disease continues to grow. The development of this disease can not be separated from the less healthy habits along with the changing lifestyle of the people.
Some of the factors triggering a heart attack include smoking, eating foods high berkolestrol, lack of movement, supine exercise, stress, and lack of rest. Actually a lot of ways you can do to help your heart stay healthy.
Here are some easy and fun way to keep your heart healthy to stay healthy.
1. Black chocolate
Dark chocolate is believed to lower blood pressure, which indirectly contribute to maintaining heart health. A study in Italy showed that people with prediabetes and hypertension disease managed to reduce the risk of their disease by eating 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate every day for 15 days.
They succeeded in lowering systolic blood pressure by 4.5 points and diastolic by 4.2 points, thanks to compounds-flavonoids-antioxidants found in dark chocolate. Even at this stage further, these habits can reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems by 20 percent over 5 years. But you need to choose the exact type of chocolate in question. Dark chocolate contains more antioxidants and less sugar content. Choose dark chocolate with a minimum cocoa content of 65 percent.
2. Having sex
To keep the blood flow remains smooth, it is recommended to have sex at least 2-3 times a week. A recent study from the New England Research Institute found that men who do these recommendations have 65 percent less chance of cardiovascular disease, than those who had sex less than once a month.
In a 2006 study at the University of Paisley, Scotland, the people who have sex at least once during the two weeks had lower blood pressure than those who do not engage in sexual activity, and have less stress levels. Researchers believe, during sex hormone the body will release oxytocin – which reduces the risk of stress. Sex can also be a great exercise to burn 60 calories per half hour in bed.
3. Hear the music
Music is the perfect tool to loosen your blood vessels. 30 minutes a day listening to music “rhythmically homogenous” (with a strong beat), combined with breathing exercises, can lower systolic blood pressure of more than 4 points after 3 months, according to a study in Italy.
Randall Zusman, MD, director of the division of hypertension at the heart of central Massachusetts General Hospital said, inhaling and exhaling slowly 1-2 times while listening to music (slow rhythm), will make your blood vessels relax.
4. Play a game
Play a game can make the mind calm and keep you from stress. However, the game in question is a video game that involves you also move on, which uses motion sensors, such as for example, the Nintendo Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort.
Timothy Church, MD, chairman of the committee Physical Activity at the American Heart Association, states play games with motion sensor-based sports such as boxing and jogging, as well as conducting activities in the gym – as long as you play with at least moderate intensity 150 minutes a week. This activity continued Church, can lower systolic blood pressure of 2-5 points.
5. Drinking a little alcohol
Danish researchers have analyzed data involving 75,000 volunteers and found that those who consume alcoholic beverages with low levels every day, 31 percent less likely to suffer coronary heart disease.
Researchers argue, the consumption of alcohol in moderation can help the larger arteries and flexible, which in turn lowers blood pressure. Excessive alcohol consumption should be avoided precisely because it can lead to increased blood pressure (hypertension).
Advised to limit intake of alcohol per day, ie no more than two glasses of beer (one glass about 12 ounce/340ml), or two glasses of wine (one glass about 5 ounce/140ml, or two glasses of liquor (one drink approximately 42 ml).
Laughter seems to bring its own benefits, especially in maintaining arterial health. Laugh at the funny scenes cause blood vessels to dilate by 22 percent, according to a 2006 study from the University of Maryland. Laughter causes the tissue that forms the inner lining of your blood vessels become wider, thus allowing for increased blood flow and reduce blood pressure, says Dr. Miller.
“The magnitude of change, similar to the benefits you might gain by doing aerobic activity, even without the aches and pains,” he said. Miller added, one should laugh at least 15 minutes a day to benefit from the activity.