Three great things for your heart

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Your heart is the strongest and most important muscle in your body so looking after it should be high up on your list of priorities. Here are three great things for your heart…

1. Tea

The benefits of green tea are vast, but specifically for the heart it’s known to help reduce levels of ‘bad’ (LDL) cholesterol in your blood. There is also research to suggest it can also improve artery function.

Tip: When testing your cholesterol levels be sure you’re aware of the levels of good and bad (HDL and LDL) instead of just the total level.

2. Magnesium

More than just an element in the periodic table, magnesium plays a starring role in helping your heart continue to beat. Your body houses about 25g of the mineral and about half of that is in the bones.

The body needs a steady supply to maintain smooth muscle function in the blood vessels, helping the lining of the arteries to stay smooth and elastic (and therefore reducing the risk of heart disease and heart attacks).

Tip: Foods naturally high in magnesium content include mackerel, spinach, pumpkin seeds, bananas and avocados.

3. Exercise

Let’s face it, you knew it was coming! Any form of exercise has a positive physiological effect on the body. When you exercise you might think you’re targeting a specific part of your body but really, first and foremost, you’re giving your heart a workout. High intensity interval training is the cream of the crop when it comes to elevating heart rate.

Any activity that elevates your heart rate increases the rate at which your heart pumps blood around your body, making the heart more efficient – great news!

Tip: Whatever reason you’re exercising for, be it to lose weight or get fit, try using a heart rate monitor to check your intensity levels. If you need help in understanding heart rate training, you can speak to a personal trainer for a more detailed explanation.