Add these steps to your weekly routine to slash your risk of heart disease and stroke. These six all-natural tricks just may keep you out of the pharmacy. Photo by Getty Images.
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1. Lend a hand.
New research shows that helping out does more than fill you with a warm feeling; it also gives your heart a boost. Adults ages 51 to 91 who volunteered for 200 hours per year-or about 3 hours per week-lowered their risk of hypertension (high blood pressure) by 40%. Visit VolunteerMatch.org to search for an opportunity near you.
2. Eat yogurt.
People who ate at least 6 oz of lowfat yogurt every day were 31% less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who ate yogurt less than once a month, according to a study. One possible reason: Yogurt's a good source of calcium, potassium and magnesium, three important minerals that help regulate blood flow.