A Healthy Mouth Promotes a Healthy Heart!

February is heart health month. As usual, Frankel Dentistry wants to encourage you to live a healthier lifestyle to improve your overall well being and heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. With your heart being the busiest, beating over 11,000 a times a day and pumping 2,000 gallons a day, it is important to prioritize heart healthy habits.

February is heart health month

Get Moving and Exercise!

Aim to practice moderately-intense activity for 30 minutes a day, five times a week. Walking, running, and swimming are all excellent aerobic activities to start incorporating into your routine. If you struggle finding motivation, find a buddy! A friend can help hold you accountable and make working out fun! Try a new workout class or go for a walk in the park. It is important to move your body no matter how little, any amount of physical activity has benefits.

Examples of heart healthy habits

A Healthy Diet

Cardiovascular often correlates with poor diet, poor quality sleep, and lack of aerobic activity.

Eating fiber rich foods can help lower cholesterol and keep blood pressure levels in check. A healthy balanced diet full of whole grains, legumes, leafy greens, beans, and low sodium promotes healthier cardiovascular.

Heart healthy habits in your diet

Mindfulness Matters!

A study published in the Journal of American Heart Association, shows regular daily meditation can reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Researchers surveyed more than 60,000 people and found that people who meditate regularly have lower cholesterol, better blood pressure and less chance of stroke and heart disease than those who did not have a regular relaxation routine. Less stress means less cortisol! Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland when you are overstressed or overwhelmed. Cortisol in turn increases heart rate and blood pressure. There are dozens of meditation practices for you to choose from. Take time to find peace in your day, lower cortisol levels, and improve your heart health through meditative practices.

The mouth is the gateway to the body. Your mouth is typically a good indicator of your overall well-being. Individuals with periodontal disease have the same risk factors as those with heart disease. Practice a strong oral care routine and visit your dental provider regularly to ensure optimal oral health and address any concerns about your overall well being.

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