Great tips for a healthy heart
by Whitley Clifton | February 14, 2020 9:51 am
Did you know that one American dies every seven minutes from heart disease or stroke? February is Heart Month, and the American Heart Association will be taking this opportunity to encourage you to take care of your heart. How? By following these tips:
Dill, paprika, ginger—use herbs or garlic and red peppers to add more flavor to your meals, thus reducing your need for salt. You should also reduce the amount of fat you eat, especially saturated and trans fats, and make sure your menu contains fiber and lots of fruits and vegetables (4 to 10 servings per day).
Physical activity is good for your heart. Do you exercise enough? The AHA recommends that adults do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate (brisk walking, cycling, swimming) to high-intensity (aerobics, running, hockey) physical activity every week for at least 10 minutes at a time. Combining exercise and a healthy diet also means you’ll be better able to control your weight; being overweight is a major risk factor for heart disease.
Limit your alcohol intake
Consuming a lot of alcohol may contribute to increased blood pressure and result in the development of heart disease, so women, limit your intake to two glasses a day, and men, limit yours to three glasses.
Lastly, avoid stressful situations as much as possible or develop good stress relieving techniques. You should also stop smoking, if applicable.