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Can't Exercise? Here's How To Keep You Heart Strong During Lockdown

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A health expert said having heart diseases or lung conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) could contribute to the negative effects of COVID-19. Pixabay

A healthy heart leads to a long and healthy life. Here are some diet tips you can follow to make sure that would always stay that way, even while under a virus pandemic.

Keeping Your Heart Healthy And Performing At Its Best

The heart is arguably the most important organ that we have in our bodies (besides our ol’ grey matter) in order to have a long and healthy life. And the best way to do this is to eat healthy and nutritious diet that’s also combined with consistent, proper exercise.

The reality right now, however, makes the latter part of that equation a bit trickier than usual since we’re all forced to stay inside amid the COVID-19 pandemic. So what do you do? Well, make up for it with these diet changes:

Increase your Omega-3 consumption

One of the healthiest fats that you can include in your diet, omega-3 reduces your triglyceride levels, which helps make your heart healthier. Omega-3 is usually found in fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel. Fish oil and fish supplements also have omega-3.

Cut down on fatty foods

This means cutting down on foods that are fried, oily, processed, packed and spicy. Additionally, opt for healthier fats that can be found in olive, coconut and mustard oil.

Cut down on refined grains

Keeping your heart beating healthily also requires less refined grains, such as white rice and all-purpose flour. In their place, opt for more complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans and legumes. This makes your diet richer with fiber, which reduces your risk of heart disease.

Eat green and leafy vegetables

These are among the healthiest type of vegetables, including lettuce, kale and spinach. Eating so helps keep your arteries blood clot-free and also helps manage blood pressure.

Reduce use of alcohol and cigarettes

We all know that smoking and drinking alcohol have bad effects, especially to our cardiovascular and respiratory health. As such, it’s best to avoid them especially during this lockdown when our lives are more sedentary than the usual. Cigarettes, specifically, have long-term implications for our health, sometimes even leading to cancer.

heartache A health expert said having heart diseases or lung conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) could contribute to the negative effects of COVID-19. Pixabay

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