5 Bad Habits That Reduce the Lifespan of Your Blood Vessels

Two young Asian men eating healthy and unhealthy food.
When it comes to blood vessel health, diet and other lifestyle choices play a big role. (Image: Makidotvn via Dreamstime)

There are three types of blood vessels — arteries, veins, and capillaries. Healthy blood vessels are elastic and able to transport blood and nutrients throughout the body, while aging blood vessels are hard and brittle. This makes it quite easy for them to rupture or form blood clots.

However, if you know how to take care of your blood vessels, they can be slowly renewed.

In the process of digesting food, nutrients and waste material are produced. Both nutrients and waste are carried by the blood vessels, which means that they have to do a lot of work every day and will gradually age.

5 bad habits steal the life of blood vessels

1. Too much fat

The most common symptom of atherosclerosis is the thickening, hardening, and loss of elasticity of the arterial blood vessel walls, which in turn makes the walls narrow. There is conclusive scientific evidence that atherosclerosis is related to the amount and kind of fat in the diet.

2. Not enough movement

Many people are afraid of being tired, so they simply choose to sit still. In fact, this is not good. Because of the long-term lack of exercise, the body’s immunity will decline, making it easier to have various diseases.

Tired man having a nap on the couch.
Long-term lack of exercise can actually decrease the body’s immunity. (Image: Olena Yakobchuk via Dreamstime)

3. Smoking and drinking

Smoking and drinking are harmful to the body. Whether it’s nicotine or alcohol, both can cause certain damage to our health. Drinking hurts more than just the liver. Smoking will not only induce lung cancer. Both habits often do more harm to the body than you can imagine.

4. Staying up late

Staying up late will cause the body to secrete too much adrenaline and norepinephrine, causing blood vessels to constrict, slowing down blood flow, and increasing blood viscosity.

5. Bad temper

Emotions can affect the health of the body, and people who are in a good state of mind tend to have a longer life expectancy than those who are often angry. Chinese medicine considers anger to be the source of all diseases. Being angry all the time can cause great harm to your body and even affect your life expectancy.

Fortunately, there are also ways to strengthen the body and fortify the blood vessels. The best way to do this is by adjusting the food we eat. 

The 5 main types of foods that strengthen the blood vessels

Eat a balanced diet to achieve the effectiveness of blood vessel health. The following are foods to eat more often.

Eat a balanced diet to help keep your blood vessels healthy.
Eat a balanced diet to help keep your blood vessels healthy. (Image: Marilyn Barbone via Dreamstime)

1. Fish

Contains good protein to help the metabolism of blood vessels.

2. Soy

Contains soy protein, making blood clearer and blood vessels younger.

3. Vegetables

Rich in antioxidants, they energize blood vessels and blood and prevent atherosclerosis.

4. Fruits

Contain polyphenols and dietary fiber, which help to discharge excess salt and reduce the burden on blood vessels.

5. Vinegar

Improves blood turbidity and may have some effect in lowering blood pressure. Consider using vinegar instead of salt for seasoning.

Final tips

For people with atherosclerosis, it is advisable to diligently practice self-health management to reverse the disease and reduce its effects.

Ways to do this include exercising regularly, not eating food that is too salty, chewing slowly, eating vegetables first before other foods, and paying attention to stopping high blood sugar.

Translation by Eva

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  • Hermann Rohr

    Hermann Rohr is a Travel, Lifestyle, and Culture, journalist based in Leverkusen, Germany. He has always been interested in the "human state", what keeps the world together and moves it from within. These days, Hermann spends most of his creative time, editing, writing and filming outstanding content for Nspirement.