Today is National Wear Red Day in an effort to raise awareness about the fight against heart disease in women. Everyone male and female should be aware of their heart health.
Prevention Tips from the American Heart Association:
Eat Well, Be Active, Watch your Weight and Check in with your Doctor. If you smoke, you are at a higher risk so they recommend quitting (and so do I).
You may be surprised to see that some fat is essential for heart health. It is the monounsaturated, polyunsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids that you want to look for. Here are some suggestions:
Oatmeal: omega 3 fatty acids
Salmon: omega 3 fatty acids, carotenoid astaxanthin, which is a very powerful antioxidant
Olive Oil: monounsaturated fats (lowers LDL). Use instead of butter when cooking
Avacado: monounsaturated fats (lower LDL and raise HDL).
Nuts: Walnuts- omega 3 fatty acids, Almonds- monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats
Legumes: omega 3 fatty acids
Dark Chocolate (1.6-ounce bar): due to flavonoids. *be careful to choose pure dark chocolate. A dark chocolate peanut butter cup doesn’t count!
Red Wine- yes, in MODERATION can be good for your heart. I am not encouraging you to start drinking. But if you are of age and enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner, the resveratrol (which comes from the skin of grapes) may have some benefits for your heart. *it’s a fine line. Drinking too much will raise your blood pressure*
Best Exercise for a Healthy Heart? Cardio, Strength Training and Flexibility. It is not just cardio that helps your heart so be sure to include strength and flexibility in your routine. Aim for at LEAST 3-4 times per week for at LEAST 30 minutes for heart health. (this is not enough for weight loss, just maintenance)
Start TODAY. Do not put it off until Monday. Mondays are stressful enough. TODAY is what counts. Be well.