Healthfully Yours: Be Heart Happy in February and Beyond
It’s easy to take the steady beat of your heart for granted, but it’s a sobering fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans. More than 600,000 deaths are attributed to heart disease every year, and that can largely be blamed on an unhealthy lifestyle that involves improper nutrition, a lack of physical activity, smoking and obesity. The wonderful news is that you can start protecting your heart right away simply by changing your lifestyle for the better.
Show Your Heart Some Love
February is considered the most romantic month of the year thanks to Valentine’s Day, and it’s the perfect time to make the commitment to keep your heart at it’s healthiest. Apply these few simple tips to your life, and your heart is sure to thank you for a very long time to come.
1. Choose a Heart-Healthy Diet
Feel free to treat yourself once a week to your favorite fast food or other treats, but you should also start adding heart-healthy foods to your regular diet as well. Some of the best foods for good heart health include salmon, walnuts, raspberries, oatmeal, dark chocolate, avocados and red grapes.
2. Choose Appropriate Supplements
A busy life can make eating well difficult at best, so it’s vital that you choose the correct supplements to fill in those nutritional blanks. Fish is one of the best foods for your heart thanks to its generous supply of omega-3 fatty acids, which lower your triglycerides and keeps your blood flowing well through your heart. While many people just don’t like fish, you can get the same benefits from a good fish oil supplement. Another excellent supplement is CoQ-10, which is naturally found in every cell in your body. You’ll also find high levels of CoQ-10 in most organ meats, and it works hard to protect your heart. Both of which can be found at Healthfully Yours in Stuart.
3. Just Move
You don’t need an expensive gym membership to get your body moving for at least an hour a day. Regular exercise can lower your cholesterol and your blood pressure and keep your weight down to healthy levels, and all of that is great news for your heart. Take your dog for a brisk walk for 30 minutes twice a day, or get together with a group to swim, walk or dance for an hour every day. Make it fun, and you’ll be more likely to stick with it.
4. Stop Smoking Now
You most likely already know how bad smoking is for your lungs, but it also puts you at major risk for heart disease. It’s time to quit that nasty, harmful habit right now, and you should see your doctor if you need help quitting.
You’ll find the staff here at our health food store to be both knowledgeable and friendly, and we always enjoy visiting with our customers. Come by today for your heart-healthy supplements and some more great tips for healthy living.