The Doctor Is In:
5 Tips For A Heart Healthy YOU!
February is American Heart Month, its a time to show yourself and your loved ones, well that you love them. Learn about the risks for stroke and heart disease and keep you and your loved ones “heart healthy.” Cardiovascular disease including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure is the number one killer of women and men in the United States. It is also the leading cause of disability, costing the United States over $300 billion each year, including the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity. I don’t know about you but I can’t afford to have heart disease put me on disablity so I think it is very important that we incorporate these tips and talk to our doctors and make sure our blood pressures and blood tests are within normal range.
1. Balance Your Diet
Eat a lots of fruits, vegetables, fiber and whole grains. Limit the red meat and eat fish twice a week. If you are a vegetarian or vegan make certain you are eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and protein. Your diet is very important because what you put in your mouth breaks down and goes to different organs and vessels in your body. Fruits and vegetables contain anti-oxidants that help prevent inflammation which can be the cause of lots of different diseases. Vegetarians often have low iron because of their lack of eating meat and other foods that contain iron. It is important that you do not substitute meat for carbohydrates as a vegetarian. Make sure you eat beans and green vegetables which contain a lot of nutrients that your body needs to be healthy.