The vascular system is the body’s network of veins and arteries that transports blood to and from the heart. Vascular disease occurs when this system is damaged, leading to many serious health problems.
There are many things you can do to improve your vascular health. You can achieve these results by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding smoking.
Here are the 3 ways you can improve your vascular health today. Maintaining a healthy vascular system reduces your risk of developing serious health problems in the future.
Eat A Healthy Diet
Keeping your vascular system healthy starts with a healthy diet. It is characterized by the buildup of plaque in the arteries. You can reduce your risk of atherosclerosis by eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids frequently can help improve vascular health by reducing inflammation.
You can also improve your vascular health by exercising. Physically active individuals have lower blood pressure, higher insulin sensitivity, and better plasma lipoprotein profiles. Cardiovascular mortality and cardiovascular disease risk also decrease with regular exercise.
Exercise also helps to increase levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol and decrease levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, which can further reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every day. If you are new to exercise, start with 10 minutes daily and gradually work up to the 30-minute goal.
If you smoke, your vascular health will suffer. Smoking damages the lining of the arteries and makes it more difficult for blood to flow through them. This increases your risk of atherosclerosis and can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Quitting smoking reduces your risk of atherosclerosis and blood clots over time. You reduce your risk of cardiac death, heart attacks, and death from other chronic diseases by quitting smoking if you already have heart disease.
Many resources are available to help you quit smoking, so talk to your doctor about what may be right for you.
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