Valentine’s Day is this week. Fittingly, February is also American Heart Month. Many people give candy and chocolate this time of year to show how much they care. However, I think the best present you can give your loved one is a healthy heart. Heart disease is the number one killer in America. Although heredity plays a part in heart health, lifestyle can also make a big difference. Maintaining healthy cholesterol and blood pressure, a healthy weight and an exercise regime are important to maintaining a healthy heart. Stay around long enough to show your family and friends how much you care about them.
Here are some more tips for that healthy heart:
•Fill at least half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Fresh is best.
•Eat plenty of whole grains and nuts. Walnuts are high in Omega-3’s which is great for lowering LDL (bad cholesterol).
•Eat cold water, fatty fish at least 3 times a week- salmon, tuna, sardines, herring.
•Cut back on saturated fats, trans-fats, and anything that has hydrogenated in the ingredient list.
•Cut down on sodium. Did you know that most of the salt that we eat comes from processed foods and not table salt? Check how much sodium is in your favorite ketchup.
•Increase your exercise. Your goal should be about 30 minutes a day. Anything is better than nothing though.