5 Tips For A Healthy Heart

Your heart is one of the, if not the most, important organs in your body. It is the central hub that manages your bloodstream, oxygen levels and a multitude of bodily functions. It’s not until we begin to have problems with our heart, or we witness a loved one struggling with these complications, that we begin to consider the actions we should take to maintain its health. Here at Natural Health 4 Life, we promote the importance of caring for our bodies from the very beginning with the right foods, supplements and information.

So, here are our 5 tips for maintaining and supporting a healthy heart.

Manage Your Intake Of Trans Fats

Also known as trans-fatty acids, are considered one of the worst types of fats to introduce into your body. They are a form of unsaturated fats that can be found both naturally and artificially. It is the artificial fats, also known as industrial trans fats or partially hydrogenated fats that are the most dangerous. If eaten in abundance, they can significantly increase your risk of heart disease. They raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower your HDL (good) cholesterol.

Get Enough Sleep

Insomnia sufferers or those who find it challenging to fall into deep, restorative sleep find themselves more prone to high blood pressure and heart disease. During REM sleep, our cortisol (stress) hormone decreases, putting less pressure on the heart and allowing it to work optimally. If we are unable to get the right amount of sleep, we risk this hormonal disruption exceeding the day. And, a lack of sleep also demotivates us towards other health activities, such as exercise and eating a balanced diet.


Regularly moving your body is directly linked to good cardiovascular health. It strengthens your body, helping to lower blood pressure and regulate sugar levels. We also intake more oxygen when exercising, while flooding our bloodstream with this essential element and encouraging our arteries to dilate more readily as a result.

Avoid Smoking/Second-Hand Smoke

Harmful chemicals found in smoke creates a sticky substance that affixes to the walls of your arteries. Fatty material, that would normally have moved along easily, is more likely to become stuck to these walls and reduces the space that blood has to flow through. Too much fatty material and the artery becomes permanently blocked - leading to a heart attack. Second-hand smoke is just as dangerous and can also cause dangerous clotting.

Reduce Alcohol Intake

There is much research to show how regular alcohol intake negatively impacts your heart, blood vessels and arteries. In extreme cases, it can lead to cardiovascular disease which kills up to 160,000 people per year in the UK. Too much alcohol causes a sustained increase in blood pressure which weakens the heart muscle over time and is also a cause of heart failure.

Maintaining good heart health is the best way to keep your body strong and functioning at an optimal level. At Natural Health 4 Life, we also recommend introducing nutritional supports into your diet such as brewers yeast. A good source of vitamin V and protein, it supports insulin absorption, lowers blood sugar levels and can reduce cholesterol levels too.

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