This February we’re providing you with 5 tips on how to improve your heart health with just a few simple lifestyles and dietary changes.
Whole Grains Reign
The goal is to eat the right foods that provide your body with nutrients and fiber which ultimately lower your cholesterol. That means cutting out white bread and white rice and opting for the healthier grain which can be found in whole-wheat flour, brown rice, and oatmeal. On the plus side not only will your heart be healthier but whole grains keep you full longer reducing overall calorie intake!
It’s Time to Say Bye to added Sugar
Who doesn’t get a sweet tooth every now and then? It happens, but consuming a diet that consists of too many sweets and processed starches puts you at greater risk of developing heart disease. When it comes down to it, the human body doesn’t need sugar to function properly. Changing this habit and being aware of how much sugar manufacturers put in our food, will help to save you from the unnecessary added weight.
The Oilier the Fish the Better
It’s all about omega-3 fatty acids, which have been found to lower the risk of heart disease, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure. You can incorporate omega-3s into your diet by eating oily fish such as salmon and tuna. Supplements are also an option but if you can, fish is the way to go.
Cholesterol is a large factor when it comes to heart problems. Whether that hardens arteries, heart disease, or a heart attack is important to know where your levels are. A quick test and you’ll know exactly where your cholesterol levels fall and what steps need to be taken to make sure your levels are as functional as possible.
Get that Heart Pumping
It’s all about cardio (for at least 30 minutes) getting moderate-levels of exercise throughout the week can help your body prevent the development of heart disease. Just as long as your heart is pumping your helping your heart get stronger and reducing stress at the same time!
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