In addition, experts also recommend that everyone should take care of the heart while at home during self-quarantine. One way to keep your heart healthy is by eating vitamin D-rich foods, suggests a new research.
Consuming food rich in vitamin D may help protect against heart-related problems, especially in men, revealed the study published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.
Foods that are high in vitamin D include salmon, egg yolks, mushrooms and fortified foods cow’s milk, soy milk, cereal and oatmeal. Besides increasing your vitamin D intake, you should also follow the below steps to keep your heart healthy:
If you’re smoking, stop it now. Kicking the butt is one of the best things you can do to protect your heart. Smoking can increase your heart rate, tighten major arteries, and cause an irregular heart rhythm, all of which makes your heart work harder. Studies have also shown that smoking raises blood pressure, which increases the risk of stroke. Tobacco use is also linked to cancer, lung disease, early menopause, infertility, and pregnancy complications.
Be physically active
If you are an adult, you need at least 30 minutes of exercise five or more days a week for heart health. A 30-minute walk can give you the benefit. If walking is not possible due to lockdown, you can do aerobics, stretching exercises, or simply play kickball with your kids. Just reduce your sitting time during the day and find ways to stay active.
Manage your blood cholesterol
Cholesterol is a fatty substance carried in your blood and when it is present in high amount, it can increase your risk of heart disease. Limiting the intake of saturated and trans fats is an important step to reduce your blood cholesterol.
Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
Obesity can increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), particularly heart failure (HF) and coronary heart disease (CHD). That is why it is important to maintain a healthy weight to reduce your risk of heart disease and other health problems.