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Taking Food to Heart: Preventing Heart Disease

Heart disease is one of the worlds biggest killer, killing more people than HIV/AIDS, cancer and malaria combined. The good news is that you can protect yourself against heart disease with a good diet.

The disease often presents itself in women differently than it would in men. In addition to the more common signs of a heart attack such a chest discomfort and shortness of breath, women may experience the following:

Nausea or dizziness without chest pain

Shortness of breath without chest pain

Atypical chest, stomach or abdominal pain

Palpitations, cold sweat or paleness.

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Major risk factors for both men and women include an increase in age, hereditary, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity and being overweight.

A healthier diet can be good for your heart as well as your waistline. Berries, avocados, leafy greens and garlic are a few fruits and vegetables you can include in your diet that are good for your heart.

5 Steps to a Healthier Heart

Follow a healthy balanced diet

A diet rich in whole foods, poultry, fish, legumes, seeds and nuts and includes a lot of fruits and vegetables is good not only for your heart but your overall health.

Water is life! Keep hydrated and carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go. Make healthy choices that will become habits and form your lifestyle.

Exercise regularly

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Being inactive is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease. Brisk walking for at least 30 minutes a day can reduce the chances of getting heart disease.

Exercise is not just limited to the gym; there are a few easy exercises you can incorporate into your daily life. Such as, taking the stairs instead of the lift and doing leg lifts while sitting.

Here are great beginner workouts you can try to get started.

Take daily nutritional supplements

Food can lose up to 90% of its nutritional value during processing, storing and cooking before reaching the digestive tract. It is always better to eat foods in their natural states. However, that is not always possible. So, make sure you take supplements of antioxidants, B vitamins 6 & 12 and folic acid.

Lower your stress levels

Having a good laugh, venting, or even giving into a crying session with a close friend or loved one can release tensions and help to build a healthy heart. Stress can have negative effects on your health so it’s important to find ways of releasing and coping with stressors.

Stop smoking

This is a no-brainer. Smoking cause damage to most organs in your body and is responsible for a lot of other diseases. It depletes folic acid, B12 and other vitamins, which your body needs. As a result, it increases your chances of heart diseases.

When you take care of your body, it will take of you. Your heart is responsible for the majority of the quality of your health. So, take care of it by following the basic health rules that apply for all things healthy lifestyle.

Your heart health is in your hands. The good news is that it’s possible. By just making little changes to your lifestyle, your heart will thank you.

Love, Everyday

Ntha

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