What are 5 things you can do to improve your heart health?
February is a time when matters of the heart are top of mind. Maybe that’s why February was designated Heart Health Month.
Whether or not you have a special someone to share your heart with, it’s the perfect time to think about giving your ticker a little extra love with these heart health tips!
When it comes to heart health, age doesn’t matter
While you might think you’re too young to have to worry about keeping your cardiovascular system healthy, research shows it is never too early to protect your heart.
The health problems that can lead to heart disease—high blood pressure and high cholesterol—are being seen in young adults more frequently, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The good news is that lifestyle choices, including your diet, can put you on the path to protecting your heart. Here are some simple tips.
Heart health tip #1: Move your body more
At least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical exercise is recommended to keep your heart healthy. But you don’t have to take up long-distance running to make a difference. Simply going for a daily walk at a brisk pace will help protect your heart, too.
And it’s OK to start small. Instead of plopping on the couch for that afternoon break, take a stroll around the block. Chances are more than just your heart will benefit from the fresh air, vitamin D and exposure to the great outdoors.
Heart health tip #2: Don’t smoke
It’s shocking we still have to say this, but here we are: You shouldn’t smoke. Smoking damages blood vessels, which can lead to heart disease.
More than 40 million adults in the U.S. and Canada are cigarette smokers, according to government statistics, which also show thousands of teens start lighting up each day. Do your heart a favor and try not to be one of them.
Heart health tip #3: Eat your fruits and vegetables
The World Health Organization recommends adults consume five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Research shows most adults fall far short of this goal.
A good rule of thumb is to ensure half your plate is filled with them at each meal. Fruits and vegetables are a rich source of plant nutrients and antioxidants. Those help your body fight excess free radicals, which are cell-damaging substances generated in our bodies and caused by many of life’s everyday activities.
Heart health tip #4: Seek out omega-3s
Omega-3s are important for supporting healthy blood flow and helping support already-normal blood pressure. They occur naturally in fatty fish like salmon and sardines, and in many seeds and nuts.
Heart health tip #5: Make smart substitutions
Eating foods with a lot of sugar, salt and saturated fat can increase your risk for heart disease. Reduce the amount of those in your diet with simple substitutions.
A tablespoon of fresh-chopped herbs or a few pinches of spice can add great flavor and eliminate the need for heavy sauces, dressings or gravies. Garlic is packed with flavor and has the added benefit of supporting your cardiovascular system!
Heart health bonus tip: Support your efforts with supplements
It’s one thing to know what to eat to support your heart, but it’s another to fit those diet changes into your busy lifestyle. A quick and easy way to jumpstart your heart health efforts is by adding a supplement to your daily routine. There are several Nutrilite™ products formulated to support heart function†. To learn more about them, talk to an Amway Independent Business Owner or click on the links below.
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