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4 Tips for Building Better Heart Health

Nutra-Life Nutrition Team

Better heart health = better life quality

Your heart is probably the hardest-working muscle in your body. With each beat, this fist-sized organ pumps blood to every cell from your head to your toes. That blood carries vital nutrients and oxygen to all your cells, then collects waste products and toxins so that they can be eliminated. More impressive yet, your heart has to keep beating, because without a constant supply of fresh oxygen, your cells begin to die. And if your heart beats at the average rate of 80bpm (beats per minute), it beats:
  • 4,800 times in an hour
  • Over 115,000 times each day
  • Over 42 million times every year
So you can see why better heart health means better life quality– and why it’s so important to make your heart’s job as easy as possible.

4 Tips to help you build better heart health

#1 – If you smoke, get help to quit

Smoking is probably the biggest risk factor for cardiovascular issues. Not only can it damage your heart and blood vessels, but it also reduces the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. In other words, your heart has to work harder to get the same amount of oxygen to your cells. The good news is that as soon as you stop smoking, your risk starts to fall dramatically. So if you need help to quit, reach out to your doctor or visit the Quit website.

#2 – Don’t just sit there…

The Mayo Clinic’s Dr James Levine originally said that “sitting is the new smoking” – but he’s not the only one to see danger in inactivity. That’s why the Australian Department of Health recommends doing 150-300 minutes of moderate activity across most days of the week for adults. That said, any activity is better than none. Even simply getting up from your chair every 30 minutes instead sitting for long periods will help your heart to get your blood moving.

#3 – Manage your stress

Stress raises both your blood pressure and your heart rate, meaning your heart has to work harder to pump all that blood around your body. So what can you do to manage that stress? It’s impossible to avoid stressors altogether, but you can sometimes pick your battles. Meditation, yoga and relaxing music can also all help to manage your stress response. And there’s research showing that practicing gratitude can lead to a healthier heart too.

#4 – Get more Omega-3 in your diet

A vast array of research has shown that Omega-3 fats play an important role in maintaining heart health. And one of the best natural sources of Omega-3 fatty acids is fish oil. High-strength Nutra-Life OceanCleanTM Triple Strength Omega 3 capsules provide three times the active Omega-3 components of standard fish oil formulas. That means you get all the heart and cardiovascular system benefits in a single, convenient, one-a-day capsule. Our tip? Ask for Nutra-Life OceanCleanTM Triple Strength Omega 3 to help build better heart health at your Pharmacy or Health Food store today.