15 Lifesaving Tips to Prevent Heart Disease, Approved by Cardiologists

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If you must eat meat, eat it naked

Forgoing animal products can be a drastic change. At the very least, avoid processed meat like hot dogs, sausages, and bacon. Harvard researchers found that every 1.8 ounces of processed meat eaten more than once a week raises heart disease risk by 42 percent. In addition, eat meat that’s as “naked” as possible—no antibiotics, hormones, or hidden additives. Opt for grass-fed animals, which have more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed animals.

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Choose SMASH fish

SMASH fish are: sardines, mackerel, anchovies, salmon, and herring. They are your best sources of heart-healthy omega-3s (known to reduce inflammation, heart rhythm disturbances, triglyceride levels, and blood pressure). They are also less likely to be contaminated with toxins than other types.

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Fast 11 hours every night

The body needs this break to repair metabolic functions. Skipping this fast—say, with a midnight snack—can cause a rise in inflammation, blood sugar, blood fats, and cell aging. Put a mental “closed” sign on your kitchen after dinner, ideally around 7 p.m.

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Practice active acts of kindness

People who spend more time being sedentary are 73 percent more likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a cluster of problems that raise heart disease risk. One way to motivate yourself to get in small bouts of physical activity: Do them for someone else. While you’re out shoveling snow, clear your neighbor’s walkway too. Instead of sitting down on the bus, give your seat to a fellow passenger.

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