The heart is a biomechanical machine that works relentlessly day in and day out. Biomechanical energy is one of the main forms of energy generated in our biological system, aka the human body. Your heart creates enough energy every day to drive a truck for 20 miles. This energy can be effectively harnessed and converted to electricity. Scientists have harvested this energy from the heart to power artificial pacemakers.
Here are a few tips to keep you heart healthy.
1. Balanced Diet
Eat a balanced diet with plenty of high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and nuts. Reduce consumption of high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods and beverages.
2. Oily Fish
Eat fish, especially oily fish (such as salmon, trout, and mackerel), at least twice a week. Oily fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower the risk of death from heart disease.
3. Omega-6 Fatty Acids
Get at least 5-10% of your daily calories from omega-6 fatty acids, which are found in vegetable oils such as sunflower, safflower, corn, and soybean as well as nuts and seeds.
4. No Trans-Fatty Acids
Limit consumption of trans-fatty acids (found in fast food and commercially baked products) to less than 1% of your total daily calories.
5. Unsaturated Fats
Replace saturated and trans-fats with unsaturated fats from plant and fish oils. Less than 7% of your daily calories should come from saturated fats.
6. Restrict Salt Intake
Try to limit sodium intake to less than 1tsp a day. Middle-aged and older people should aim for ½tsp or less a day, as should people with high blood pressure.
7. Exercise regularly
A moderate-high intensity exercise of at least 30 minutes a day can help maintain a healthy weight.