February Is American Heart Month

Heart MonthDue to Valentine’s Day, February is known as the month of love. Besides displaying affection to your significant other this month, show some love to your own heart too. After all, February is American Heart Month. Sadly, cardiovascular disease is responsible for approximately one out of every three deaths in the United States. To improve your heart health, consider adhering to the following tips.

Revamp Your Diet 

Besides expanding your waistline, eating calorie, fat, sodium, and sugar filled, processed foods can elevate your blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. If boosting your heart health is a priority, limit your saturated fat intake. Strive to completely eliminate trans fat from your menu plan. Replace these unhealthy substances with beneficial monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and omega 3 fatty acids.

Exercise Regularly

Engaging in cardiovascular exercise is a wonderful way to keep your heart healthy and strong. Make the effort to do some sort of physical activity for at least thirty minutes on most days of the week. If you do things you enjoy, you’ll increase your odds of making fitness an integral part of your life. Fun, effective workouts include: 

  • Swimming
  • Walking, Jogging, or Running
  • Elliptical training
  • Spinning
  • Dancing
  • Kickboxing
  • Hula hooping

Quit Smoking 

Are you a smoker? Smoking causes one out of every three deaths resulting from cardiovascular disease. This harmful habit contributes to poor heart health by:

 Increasing your triglyceride levels

  • Decreasing your HDL, good, cholesterol levels
  • Narrowing and thickening your blood vessels
  • Causing your blood to clot more easily and potentially blocking the blood flow to your heart and brain
  • Enhancing plaque buildup in your blood vessels
  • If you’ve attempted to quit smoking more times than you can remember, try again. Your future health and happiness are too important.

Celebrate American Heart Month by following the aforementioned tips. To learn more valuable information about improving your heart health with better nutrition, consider scheduling a free, initial consultation with a representative at a Metabolic Research Center in your neighborhood




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