Smoking, fast food, no exercise and excessive alcohol are all the more popular and well known habits that lead to an early grave, and more specifically, a heart attack. But those obvious unhealthy life choices aren’t the only things that are wearing down your heart. In fact, thanks to a number of new studies, researchers have found that although eating healthy and exercising regularly can help you better avoid a heart attack, there are other things that are actually responsible for increasing our chances of a heart attack.
Traffic is known to kill, and not just from the fender-benders that bunches of people get into each day, but rather because of the stress that comes along with sitting behind the wheel for hours without moving, as well as the air pollution connected to sitting in traffic.
German research concluded that whether as a driver or a passenger, there is almost four times more risk of having a heart attack when compared to people who never have to sit in traffic jams. Pollution is a factor for many because one of the simplest things to do to air out a car, or to release a little stress while driving, is to feel the wind in your face. Well, you may want to reconsider, and keep the windows closed as you drive on the highway, or carpool to work to have one less car contributing to air pollution through smog and dangerous gasses.
Triclosan is found in most antibacterial hand soaps, and even in some toothpastes. It has a significant effect on the thyroid as it creates dangerous antibiotic-resistant germs. It’s also responsible for increasing heart disease risk; according to a recent study, scientists discovered that tricolsan does severe damage to the heart and muscle tissue. When in doubt, stay clear of anything labeled antimicrobial and antibacterial, and wash with normal hand soap.
Global warming is becoming more and more of a reality in terms of its actual effect on us as a population. For instance, excessive heat can lead to the formation of tiny particles in polluted air, known as PM2.5, which have the unique ability to become lodged in the lungs. Once this occurs, the body’s immune system can shut down and put immense pressure on the heart to be able to properly function. It is said that regular omega-3 consumption can help to lower the susceptibility to the effects of toxic outdoor air pollution.
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