Let's discuss one of the most important organs of our body that we generally ignore until it's a problem. It's like ignoring the engine in our car until it breaks down. Our heart's need some basic maintenance to keep optimally functioning so it can go as many miles as possible.
First and one of the more obvious things we need to do to help maintain heart health is exercise. The heart is like any other muscle. It needs to be stressed in order to grow and maintain it's ability to contract.
Second, we need to feed it food that's good for the heart. High fat high heat (think fried foods) cause inflammation in the heart and vessels in your body. But the opposite is true- eating healthy whole foods like raw fruits and vegetables provide great protection and nourishment to the heart muscle.
Third, we need to know our numbers. There are some genetics that will put you at risk for heart disease. There are other health problems like high cholesterol, diabetes, prior heart attack or stroke and issues with your blood vessels in your arms and legs that increase your risk of heart disease.
You should start maintaining your heart NOW. Once you develop heart disease or health problem like diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol you then have to do even more work to reverse the negative impact those disease have on your heart.
How many miles do you want your body to go? You can't expect the engine that gets you there to maintain itself. What are you going to change this week to help your heart health?