Your arteries carry oxygen-rich blood throughout every part of your body. hen healthy, arteries are smooth on the inside and blood flows through them easily, according to WebMD. However, sometimes we get a build-up of plaque on the inner walls of our arteries which clogs them and inhibits blood flow.
Clogged arteries are incredibly dangerous – they increase the likelihood of heart attack and stroke, which can be fatal. It isn’t only older people who are at risk of compromised arteries – with bad diet, smoking, and a lack of exercise, we’re all at risk. It’s important to be aware of your artery health no matter how old you are. Fortunately there are some natural ways to clear out your arteries, and we’ve listed six of them below.
1) Make lifestyle changes. This one is obvious, but absolutely essential, according to WebMD. Throw out the cigarettes, exercise regularly, and watch your weight. Try managing your stress levels, too – stress is a common factor in heart disease.
2) Choose healthy fats. People have long thought that all fat was detrimental to heart health, but this isn’t the case, according to Medical News Today and many other studies which have debunked this myth. Natural Living Ideas explains that Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish – and in cod liver oil, in particular – are great for heart health. Other healthy oils and fats include avocado, olive, almond and flaxseed. Even coconut oil, which is a saturated fat, has a high lauric acid content and this helps to lubricate our arteries.
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