1. Eat More Fiber
Soluble fiber, the kind in beans and whole-grain oats, and which is found in Honey Nut Cheerios cereal, is especially effective. It’s thought to help regulate cholesterol. According to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, the daily recommended amount is 25 grams a day for adult women and 38 grams a day for adult men, so load your plate (or bowl) with fiber-rich foods.
2. Get Better Sleep
Most of us really don’t get enough sleep, and the chronic lack of shut-eye could be more serious than you think. Research has shown an association between too little sleep and higher levels of stress, which is an independent risk factor for heart disease. Aiming for an earlier bedtime is a good idea but not always possible, so try to improve the quality of your sleep by cutting off screen time an hour before bed (it will help you wind down) and making sure your bedroom is truly dark (that helps tell your brain it’s time for bed).
3. Enjoy Yourself
“Stress can really impact your heart,” says Taub-Dix. It contributes to high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. So, take some time to do things you love, like yoga, walking your dog, and hiking with friends. You’ll chill out and feel better immediately, while also helping your heart in the long run.
Start the day with a better-for-your-heart breakfast of Honey Nut Cheerios.