Protect Your Heart and Live to 100 Tips 31-40

31. Schedule your flu shot: People who have vaccinated themselves against the flu have a 19% less chance of being hospitalized for heart disease then people who haven’t gotten their shots.

32: Drink water: When you drink five or more 8 ounce glasses of water daily you can lower your risk of heart disease for up to 60%.

33: Eat Grapefruit: By consuming as little as one a day you can reduce arterial narrowing by 46%, lower bad cholesterol levels by 10%, and drop your blood pressure by up to 5 points.

34: Eat garlic bread: Garlic is good for lowering cholesterol and fighting off infections. After having a heart attack or heart surgery consumption of garlic can help prevent further damage to your heart.

35: Top your toast: Pick healthy choices for your toast. Black currant jelly is an excellent source of quercetin a type of antioxidant that can help prevent the damage of arterial walls and prevent the build-up of radicals that allow plaque to build up.

36: Scramble your eggs: Eggs are a good source of betaine. Betaine helps lower homocysteine levels by up to 75%.

37: Get your chromium: You aren’t likely to get enough chromium through your diet so be sure to look for a chromium supplement labelled chromium picolinate its the one absorbed easiest by the body.

38: Do your crunches: A Canadian study found that the men who could do the most sit ups in a minute were the least likely to die in a period of 13 years. Having strong abdominal muscles means less belly fat which in turn lowers your risk of heart disease.

39: Don’t combine Ibuprofen with aspirin: A study conducted in Scotland found that heart patients who took both Ibuprofen and Aspirin were at 75% higher risk of premature death then those who take only Aspirin.

40: Pair up: Married men are less likely to die from heart disease then bachelors. Men who have been happily married for at least 3 years had healthier hearts then men who weren’t paired up.