February is American Heart Health Month, and that means we should all take a moment to examine how we can take better care of our hearts. There are a few simple things you can do to make your life more heart-friendly and improve your overall health.
- Stay active and eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Carrying extra weight around your midsection can be a huge hazard to your health; and your heart!
- While you’re thinking about your diet, did you know that fish such as salmon, herring, and tuna (high in omega-3 fatty acids) can reduce your risk of heart disease by at least a third? Try to include these heart-friendly foods in your weekly meal planning!
- Some studies have shown the moderate consumption of red wine can raise your HDL levels, and help prevent artery damage. So cheers!
- Make certain that you check in regularly with your health care professional to ensure that your cholesterol and blood pressure are all within a standard limit for your age range.