27 Daily (Healthy) Habits That Are Ruining Your Heart, According to Science

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9. You don’t drink enough water.

Even a small amount of dehydration can make it more difficult for your heart to do its job. According to a 2017 study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, minor dehydration caused by a moderate workout can significantly impair endothelial function. Studies have found that endothelial dysfunction precedes the development of atherosclerosis (that buildup in your arteries), according to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

10. You have a difficult boss.

The stressors you encounter at work can affect more than just your mental health. According to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, employees who deal with an incompetent, inconsiderate, secretive, or uncommunicative boss were 60 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack. On the flip side, those who felt they had a “good” boss were 40 percent less likely to suffer a cardiovascular event.

11. You don’t have s€χ.

Are you skimping on sεχ? If so, research published in the American Journal of Cardiology could persuade you to push play on the Marvin Gaye. According to the study, those who have sεχ less than once a month are much more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than those who have sεχ two or more times a week.

12. You don’t consume enough magnesium.

Low levels of magnesium are one of the best predictors of heart disease, according to a research review by scientist Andrea Rosanoff, PhD.

“The heart has the highest amount of magnesium in the whole body,” says Carolyn Dean, MD, author of Atrial Fibrillation: Remineralize Your Heart. “It’s necessary to keep the muscles of the heart from going into spasm and to keep the heart rhythm balanced—yet magnesium isn’t even tested on a regular blood electrolyte panel.” You can keep your levels in check by eating magnesium-rich foods or taking a daily multivitamin.

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