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The 5 Best Tips to A Healthy Heart

The 5 Best Tips to A Healthy Heart

By now you are probably well aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. And while that statistic is startling, it’s becoming more and more understood that there are changes you can make right this minute to reduce your risk of heart disease and avoid becoming a statistic.

February is dedicated to raising awareness for heart disease and to help you make healthy changes that keep your heart strong as you age. Use our tips below for adjusting your daily routine in a way that will make a positive impact on your heart.

5 Healthy Heart Tips

Getting an annual check-up is one of the best ways to monitor your heart and keep a close eye on any changes in your health. But in between appointments, there are other changes you can make to positively impact your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

  1. Eat Colorful Foods – You already know the importance of filing your plate with fruits and veggies. But even more important, is making sure you get a wide variety of colors into your diet. The different colors of fruits and vegetables mean you are getting a variety of nutrients that are vital to health and wellness.
  2. Get Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Your Diet – Foods like walnuts, salmon, trout and flaxseeds all contain high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids. These have been shown to help raise your HDL cholesterol (the good one), while also helping to lower LDL cholesterol levels (the bad one).
  3. Limit Sodium and Fried Foods – You probably already know that salt is bad for you. What you might not realize is that sodium is hiding in many of the processed foods you grab off the grocery shelves. Also, fried foods are high in saturated and trans-fat which can greatly affect your cholesterol levels.
  4. Get Moving – Exercise, exercise, exercise. Get your blood pumping and your heart rate up with cardio exercise. Aim for 30 minutes a day of aerobic exercise and be sure to include things like yoga, meditation and walking to help reduce stress.
  5. Reduce Alcohol Intake – While you don’t have to eliminate alcohol altogether, limiting your intake can help to improve health conditions that contribute to heart disease including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and arrythmias.

As always, you should work alongside your doctor to come up with a health plan that is unique to your needs. By taking small steps to improve your health, over time it will make a big impact on your heart. Stay positive and know that every little step counts.

Make Your Health a Priority at St. Joseph of the Pines

One of the many benefits of St. Joseph of the Pines is that residents have the independence and freedom to pursue a healthier lifestyle. With exercise programs, nutritious meals and a variety of events, seniors can stay active while reducing the stress associated with daily living. Learn more about how we can help to support your health goals. Schedule a tour of one of our North Carolina campuses. Contact us today.

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