How to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke: 8 simple habits

5. Take An Average Of One Alcoholic Drink Each Day

In this list of habits on how to reduce the risk of heart disease, this is the least influential lifestyle change you could do for your heart health. Yet, it is still helpful. If you consume alcohol, you should limit it to about 1 drink per day, yet in case you do not drink, maybe you should not start. [Read: how to improve digestion naturally]

6. Eat A Heart-Healthy Diet

It is pointed out that those who experience the least heart disease risk ate a diet which is rich in veggies, fruits, nuts, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and fish and low in processed and red meats, and trans fats. [Read: the truth about fat]

So, the advice is to eat less saturated fat, more fiber and produce. Diet low in saturated fat and high in fiber are associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. You might even think about moving towards more flexitarian or vegetarian eating habits. In fact, a vegetarian diet can decrease the risk of coronary artery disease, and might reverse existing coronary artery disease if combined with other healthy lifestyle changes. On the other hand, a Mediterranean diet which uses olive oil could cut the risk of coronary artery disease.

For trans fats, you should avoid them because they are linked to adverse lipid profiles and an enhanced risk of cardiovascular diseases. This contains most margarines. The role of other fatty acids, containing polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, and marine omega-3 fatty acids, are still controversial. [Read: top most nutritious fruits]

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