For SHA Wellness Clinic
Friday September 29th, 2017
Health & Beauty

Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death globally? Did you also know that the majority of these deaths could be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle? Pretty crazy right?

Why is it the number one cause of death in the world? The answer is an unhealthy lifestyle. By eating a healthy diet, keeping active, avoid smoking and abusing alcohol, cardiovascular disease could easily be prevented.

As today is the #WorldHeartDay we’ve rounded up the best tips to avoid suffering from heart disease. The beauty of it is that cardiovascular disease is preventable and even for those who have genetic predisposition; you can avoid those genes from activating and provoking a heart attack.

How can we reduce our chances of developing heart disease?

One of the most important factors is our diet. Nowadays, we’re eating less natural foods coming from the earth and more processed foods coming from a can, carton or plastic container. As our dietary habits have changed in the last few decades, so has the amount of people who suffer from heart disease. The rates are constantly increasing, which shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering the effect that diet has on developing cardiovascular disease.

Help us spread awareness of how to prevent the number one cause of death globally! Join us on #WorldHeartDay to create awareness and change the facts and figures around heart disease that are continually growing! Share this article to help a loved one!

Eat more plant based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, cereals and legumes, and reduce your intake of dairy and meat, which are proven to increase chances of developing heart disease, as well as all kinds of processed foods that come out of a package and are filled with unnatural ingredients.

Not moving your body enough is exactly the opposite of what your heart needs. By exercising regularly, you’ll strengthen your heart, improve blood circulation, maintain a healthy weight, lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

Stress is one of your number one enemies! It increases your blood pressure, intensifying the chances of suffering from a heart attack. How can you manage your stress? Why not try meditation? This millennial practice is proven to calm the nervous system, decrease stress and confront stressful situations with a calmer state of mind.



Sleep is absolutely crucial for all aspects of our health, both mental and physical. But, did you know that not getting enough sleep at night increases the risk of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes, all triggers of a heart attack? Make sure to get 7-9 hours of sleep at night!

Smoking increases blood pressure, which as a result can provoke a heart attack. Make sure to avoid this nasty addiction, and if you are a smoker, why not try an anti-tobacco programme to get rid of this habit once and for all?


Everything in moderation…excessive drinking causes blood pressure to rise, increasing your chances of suffering from a heart attack. Make sure to be a conscious drinker and limit your alcohol intake!


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