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Want To Keep Your Heart And Blood Vessels Young? Science Says You Should Eat More Fish

Want To Keep Your Heart And Blood Vessels Young? Science Says You Should Eat More Fish

One of the most important things to keep in mind if we are concerned with our general health and well-being is how to keep blood vessels healthy. Blood vessels play a crucial role in our body since they are responsible for carrying essential nutrients and oxygen to tissues and organs throughout the body. Familiar ways to keep blood vessels healthy include:

  • eating healthy (food low in sugar, fat, and carbs)
  • staying active (working out at least twice a week)
  • staying away from toxins such as alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, etc.

Assuming you are already familiar with those general rules, there is one more thing you could do to keep blood vessels healthy – eat more fish. A survey reveals that only one-third of Americans eat fish once a week, around half eat fish only sporadically or not at all, and only less than one in five Americans eat fish two times a week, which is consumption advised by the American Heart Association. The reasons for low consumption vary from cooking dilemmas to the risk of being exposed to too many toxins that can be found in some fish.

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How to keep blood vessels healthy with fish

Fish and seafood are rich in vitamin D, selenium, and protein and are low in saturated fat which makes them a necessary ingredient in any diet since they are highly beneficial to our general health. But it is the high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids that makes fish so beneficial to our heart and blood vessels. People who eat fish twice a week are less likely to develop a heart disease by 36 percent according to an analysis of twenty studies conducted by Harvard School of Public Health professors Dariush Mozaffarian and Eric Rimm. Eating fish twice a week means that your body is provided with about 2 grams of omega-3 fatty acids weekly that will help you:

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  • prevent cardiac rhythm disturbances
  • improve blood vessels function
  • control blood pressure and heart rate
  • ease inflammation
  • lower triglycerides

Mozaffarian and Rimm have also showed the benefits of fish intake during pregnancy as it positively influences the development of a baby’s brain and nervous system.

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The benefits of fish consumption in regards to heart and heart vessel health are also supported by the American Heart Association and Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Yet, it is not advisable to eat just any kind of fish as it is known that some may have high levels of mercury and other harmful contaminants. You should avoid shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish for this reason, and eat about two portions a week of salmon, herring, shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish instead.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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