Updated: Mar 18, 2022
February is American Heart Month, and the First Friday is designated "Go Red for Women", a day where people across the nation wear red to call attention to heart health. Are you ready to live "healthy and stay young" at heart? If so, here are a few healthy tips:
LIMIT SATURATED FAT
The body needs healthy fats like nut butter, #nuts, and avocado for energy and other functions. Too much #SaturatedFat can cause #cholesterol to build up in the arteries (blood vessels). Saturated fats raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol. High LDL cholesterol increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. Here are a few foods to watch for that are high in saturated fat: milk, white chocolate, toffee, cakes, puddings, biscuits, fatty meat (lamb chops), processed meat, butter, and lard to name a few.
GO FOR MORE FISH
If you love 'fish', there are many benefits to adding it to your daily diet. Studies have shown that the omega-3s from fish may decrease the risk of abnormal heart rhythms. They're good for your heart because they may decrease #triglyceride levels (fat in the blood), reduce the rate of arterial buildup, and lower blood pressure.
CUT DOWN ON SODIUM
Did you know that you might be getting more sodium than you need, even if you never pick up a salt shaker? Therefore, during your next #shopping visit, choose packaged and prepared foods carefully and compare labels. This will allow you to choose products with the lowest amount of sodium. Choose fresh and frozen poultry and #vegetables that haven't been injected with a sodium solution. Lastly, select condiments with care and opt for reduced or lower-sodium versions.
Smoking has an adverse effect on your cardiovascular health. When you breathe in #cigarette smoke, the blood that is distributed to the rest of the body becomes contaminated with chemicals in the smoke. These chemicals can damage your heart and blood vessels, which can lead to cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the US.
GET MORE EXERCISE
Your heart is a muscle, and it gets stronger and healthier if you lead an active life. It's never too late to start exercising and the best way to get started is to think of what sounds fun. Aim for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity, such as brisk walking. That amounts to about 30 minutes per day (5 times per week). Listen to your body, and if you find that to be too much, try lowering it to 20 minutes a day (5 times per week)