Lifestyle habits contribute largely to how healthy the heart is or otherwise.

The heart works to keep human alive as it pumps blood through the vessels of the circulatory system.

A lot of people have heart related diseases/issues which could start from birth or may be as a result of habits picked over the years. For instance people who don't exercise enough or have a history of heart diseases, are smokers and are overweight stand a higher risk of getting a heart attack which could be deadly.

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Although with heart diseases there are always symptoms to look out for! To keep the heart running well and in a healthy state, these three things should be looked out for.

1. Reduce salt intake

Reduce salt intake considerably to maintain a healthy blood pressure which in turn helps the heart. Lower intake of salt in food and do away with overly salted packed foods and snacks. Do away with labelled foods with over 1.5g salt per a 100g pack of snack.

Eat less than a teaspoonful of salt everyday and eventually cut it completely off diet.

2. Exercise/ Be active

Not sitting lazy in a place helps the heart. Get out, brisk walk, jog, run, hit the gym etc just keep moving or find a way to stay active. This helps reduce the risk of a heart attack or disease.

Find a way to fit in a few minutes of exercise everyday or adopt a form of aerobic activity weekly but by all means, stay active.

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3. Reduce saturated fat

Eating food high in saturated fat increases cholesterol level in the blood which leave a high risk of heart disease. Opt for lower fat dairy and lean meat.