Small habits that you ignore everyday could be impacting your Heart Health!

There is no doubt that life today is on the fast track. Crazy work schedules, irregular eating habits, lack of sleep, stress etc have become part of a modern lifestyle. But what we don’t realise is that these aspects of life can take a toll on one’s health in the long run and more importantly on heart health. Experts have time and time again emphasised that physical activity, controlled diet and proper sleep cycle play a vital role in an individual’s heart health.

In order to keep your heart healthy, there are a few things to keep in mind – staying active, eating right and sleeping well.

Regular physical activity plays a major role in building and maintaining good heart health. It’s one of the most effective tools for warding off high cholesterol and high blood pressure that can lead to cardio-vascular diseases. Try to get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise

Food plays an important role when it comes to keeping your heart healthy. Skipping meals, eating irregularly or eating unhealthy, can have an impact on the health of your heart. Hence, eating right is vital. It is also very important to choose the right cooking oil that offers the right balance of fatty acids - mainly MUFA (monounsaturated fatty acids) and PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acids) which is beneficial for heart health.

Blended cooking oils like Saffola Gold are known to be good for heart health as they have a good balance of fatty acids. “Saffola Gold is a blend of 2 oils that gives you a good balance of MUFA and PUFA in line with recommendation of National Institute of Nutrition that can help to control your cholesterol. It has natural antioxidants that help to fight free radicals caused by stress,” says Dr Sudhakar Mhaskar, Chief Technology Officer of Marico Limited.

Lastly, a good seven to nine hours of quality sleep can have a lasting positive effect on your heart health.

So today, start your journey towards a healthy heart by making these small improvements in your lifestyle.