A Healthy Heart
A healthy heart should be your first priority. In the United States, heart disease is the number one killer of women and is also the primary cause of disability in women. Heart disease does not discriminate due to age. Women of all ages should be concerned and should take steps to prevent heart disease.
You hear more about men and heart disease. Although more men have heart attacks then women, unfortunately more women than men die of heart disease. The major cause of heart disease is coronary artery disease. This develops over time and is a primary concern when it comes to heart attacks in women.
Okay what can you do?
Here are some healthy heart food recommendations:
- Fish - Salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring are good sources of Omega 3 fatty acids can decrease triglycerides, lower blood pressure, decrease growth of artery clogging plaques, reduce women risk of cardiac arrhythmias and coronary heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least 2 times per week.
- Nuts - almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts provide the fats which can lower cholesterol levels, mono unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
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- Berries - blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries are packed with antioxidant, which researchers believe, can possibly prevent or delay heart disease. They also offer fiber.
- Garlic - substitute garlic for salt. A recent study showed those who reduced their salt intake, lowered the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 25%. Garlic also help lower blood pressure.
Take charge of the risk factors you can control and reduce your risk for heart disease. Exercise 30 minutes as least 3 to 4 times per week. This should include cardiovascular exercise. A healthy heart can be achieved by eating foods as indicated above along with physical activity
Another tip is to look for healthy heart items on the menu when eating out. Dishes that qualify for heart healthy follows the guidelines set by the American Heart Association.
Take care of your heart and it will stay strong for you.
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