The warm weather is finally here and after a long cold winter, we're ready to get moving. Spring and summer are great times to work on heart #health.
More time can be spent outside exercising and gardening. However, if you were a couch potato over the winter, or you are taking medications, be careful not to jump into an aggressive program. Remember to start slow and seek advice from a #professional when starting a new or strenuous activity.
If you are on any medications, it is important to talk to your health care provider about tracking your blood pressure and hydration levels. It's also important to remember that many medications can cause sun sensitivity.
Summer brings more fresh foods so increasing your vegetable and fruit intake can be very good for your heart health. All vegetables are beneficial, but cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, broccoli) in particular have been shown to significantly reduce heart stroke and cancer risk.
With summer comes plenty of outdoor parties and adventures. Be cautious of parties where you may be inclined to indulge in too much salt, sugar, and alcoholic drinks. Any time you spend outdoors in the warm months, it's important to check for ticks.
Ticks have become an increasing problem and Lyme disease can affect the heart. Patients with Lyme disease can have symptoms that mimic heart diseases, such as palpitations, shortness of breath, and chest pains. Although it's a small percentage of cases, Lyme disease can have serious implications on your heart rhythm, heart muscle and can even result in heart failure.
Safely enjoy your dose of natural Vitamin D fresh veggies and relax. It will make your heart happy.