By Delta Dental on Monday, February 3, 2020

4 steps to a healthier heart

A healthy heart is a happy heart

February is the month of Valentine’s Day, which often means chocolates, roses and most importantly — love. 

We often hear phrases like: “I love you with my whole heart!” Well, just how healthy is that heart? There are many underlying factors that may affect your cardiovascular health. Incorporating healthy habits into your daily routines can keep your heart strong. 

Here are four preventive measures to keep your heart healthy and happy:

1. Eat a healthy diet.

By eating five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, you are providing the nutrients and minerals for a healthy heart. This is also an excellent way to feel more energized.


2. Get active.

Regular physical activity causes your heart muscles to strengthen, ultimately increasing blood circulation and lowering your resting heart rate. Make one hour of physical activity your goal each day. Try briskly walking, riding your bike, swimming or a group fitness class. This could potentially lead to weight loss, lessening the strain on your heart as well.

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3. Sleep more.

Getting those ZZZs doesn’t only positively affect your energy and mood, it impacts your cardiovascular health as well. Without the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night, your body has difficulty lowering its heart rate to a healthy resting level. Grab those fuzzy blankets and get cozy for a full night’s sleep!

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4. Floss your teeth.

It is no secret that flossing is crucial to your oral health. However, many do not realize that it can be just as important to your heart health as well. Built up bacteria can cause gum disease, which then allows those unwanted germs to make their way into your blood vessels.

If you’re going to love someone with your whole heart, you want to make sure it’s healthy, right? Start implementing these easy lifestyle changes to ensure your heart is in its best health!

Blog content provided by Delta Dental of Iowa, a proud supporter of the Healthiest State Initiative and Get Your Bib On.