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February 3, 2017

Tips for Keeping a Healthy Heart

Many of us may not know that February is American Heart Month, so what month could be better to talk about keeping a healthy heart? Keeping a healthy heart is very important for people of all ages, and should not be taken lightly. Here are some fairly easy tips to keep a healthy heart and a more healthy body in turn:

Eat Less Salt/Sodium

Eating less salt or foods high in salt/sodium content such as salad dressings, canned foods and processed foods can greatly benefit heart health. Consuming less salt/sodium helps to keep blood pressure at a healthy rate and improve heart health.

Eat More Healthy Fats

Heart healthy fats help to improve blood flow and maintain healthy blood pressures which both assist in maintaining a healthy heart. Healthy fats can most commonly be found in fish, but many tree nuts also contain excellent healthy fats.

Exercise Often

Exercising often, or even just a few times a week, can greatly benefit heart health. Keeping your body active helps maintain a healthy blood pressure and weight which helps to keep your heart healthy. Exercising is also a great way to reduce stress, which can lead to lower blood pressure and a healthier heart as well.

Manage Stress Levels

Being within a high stress environment such as the workplace or classroom can take a toll on your mind and heart. Increased levels of stress means increased fatigue and blood pressure levels. This increase in both fatigue and blood pressure levels can be detrimental to heart health. It is important to make an attempt to limit stress levels in everyday life in order to keep a healthier heart.

Avoid Smoking and Secondhand Smoke

Smoking is one of the leading factors of poor heart health for many reasons. Smoking restricts airways and blood vessels in the body leading to either very high or very low blood pressure as well as damage to the heart itself. Not smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke will both help to improve heart health.

As Christians we are told in 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” It is our duty as Christians to take care of our bodies that God has so graciously given us and not to take our health for granted.

If you want to learn more about a God-honoring Geneva education, contact admissions@geneva.edu or 800-847-8255.

-Jacob Yarnell ‘19