Heart Health

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Heart HealthMore often than not, something startling must happen in order to change less-than-stellar healthy lifestyle choices. For many, this may be a routine trip to the doctor’s office that yields unfavorable test results or witnessing a relative’s health quickly deteriorating. These “wake up calls” force us to reflect on our own lifestyle choices and how we can better our health.

By far, the number one cause of death for women in the United States is heart disease. Cardiovascular disease, including stroke, claims the lives of nearly 500,000 women a year, nearly twice as many as all forms of cancer. One in 2.5 women will die of heart disease or stroke, compared with one in 30 from breast cancer. Luckily, you can substantially reduce many of your risk factors for heart disease and stroke with simple lifestyle changes.

Commit to small changes for a healthier heart:

– Take the stairs, those few extra steps can really make a difference in the long run!

– Vacate the break room and take a breather outside on your lunch for a change.

– Opt for healthy desert like baked cinnamon apples instead of cake or pie.

– Explore your community and plan family outings.

– Lift weights while watching your favorite TV program. Or get off the couch and do sit ups on commercial breaks.

– Take your four legged friend on a leisurely afternoon stroll. More likely than not, Fido could benefit from shedding a few pounds too!

Eat Heart Friendly Foods:

– Oats
– Flaxseed
– Walnuts
– Fish Oil (Omega 3 Fatty Acid)
– Psyllium Husk
– Legumes and Beans
– Apples
– Extra Virgin Olive Oil

In addition to being more active, eating heart healthy foods and maintaining a healthy body weight are crucial. One may also supplement their diet is with Omega 3 vitamins. Studies have shown Omega 3 fatty acid helps to lower cholesterol, boost metabolism, and aides in overall cardiovascular health. We suggest Perricone MD Omega 3 Dietary Supplements to boost not only your heart health, but also improve your skin and hair as well.

Source: American Heart Association

 




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