Heart Healthy Month

heart healthWith love in the air, February is a time to keep our hearts pumping, and commonly referred to as “Heart Healthy Month”

 Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the number 1 cause of death in North America? To name a few, cardiovascular diseases include heart attacks, high blood pressure, and obesity (which by the way, collectively kills 1 in 4 people every day).

 Well…some good news- Most cardiovascular diseases can either be prevented or controlled.

 Reduce the risk with these simple suggestions:

 Diet:

  • Increase fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans,  fish, and poultry
  • Lower your sodium intake
  • Increase fibre
  • Limit saturated fat and bad cholesterol
  • Increase HDL (the good cholesterol) fish oils, nuts, olive oils. Etc.

Physical Activity:

  • Cardio- at least 30 minutes everyday
  • Lift some weights- lowers blood pressure
  • Lose some weight/ maintain a healthy weight
  • Yoga- regulates heart rhythm

Lifestyle:

  • Deep breathing
  • Don’t smoke-but obviously that’s a given!Who even smokes these days…it’s gross, unattractive, expensive, and annoying. ( Just as a reminder smoking ruins your lungs, clogs and hardens arteries, and increases your blood pressure).  I don’t care if you want to look cool on the patio this summer. Enough is enough.
  • Find time to relax
  • Get 8 hours of sleep every night

Extras:

  • Check out your cholesterol levels (once every 5 years ish)
  • Laugh-  It improves your circulation (among many other things)
  • Find out your family’s health history

p.s i ♡ Heart Health 

 

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