The heart is one of the most important and vital organs of your body, it is responsible for pumping blood through the blood vessels of the circulatory system. We all know that eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly are important habits for our heart, but at the same time, there are some habits we are doing regularly without knowing that they can badly affect our heart. In this article we are going to share some bad habits that destroy your heart:
1. Drinking Too Much Alcohol: Too much consuming of alcohol can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, and obesity. Plus, it can have bad effects on your liver, harm your bones and affect your memory. The American Heart Association reports that excessive drinking – more than two drinks a day for men and one drink for women – can interrupt your normal heart rhythm and cause heart failure.
2. Stressing Too Much: Stress spurs the body to release adrenaline, which temporarily affects how your body functions — your heart rate increases, and your blood pressure may rise. Over time, too much stress can damage blood vessels in the heart and increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. Also, if depression and anxiety left untreated they lower your immunity and energy levels, they decrease your appetite and they also have an impact on your nervous system.
3. Not Flossing: Flossing is important not only for your teeth but also for your heart. Some studies, including one published in July 2013 in International Scholarly Research Notices, show that bacteria associated with gum disease promote inflammation in the body, and inflammation has been associated with increased risk for heart disease.
4. Eating Too Much Salt: The overuse of salt can lead to high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Remember that high percentage of salt consummating comes from processed foods. So read nutrition labels and compare products, choosing the one with the lowest percent daily value for sodium. The AHA recommends that most people consume less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day.
5. Lack of Sleep: Lack of sleep can lead to what is known as sleep deprivation. Chronic sleep deprivation can also lead to high resting cortisol and adrenaline levels, similar levels that you experience in a stressful situation. It is recommended for adults to get around 7-8 hours of sleep per night.