In the UK, heart disease is the biggest cause of death for women.
It’s three times more lethal than breast cancer and kills over 8.6 million women each year. That is way over the entire population of London, every single YEAR!
There are certain elements that contribute to heart disease:
Processed foods – foods that come in a box or a packet and contain hundreds of different ingredients.
Trans Fats – avoid all foods that contain this. Also look for partially hydrogenated in the ingredients, which should also be avoided.
Refined carbs – white bread, white pasta, cakes and donuts.
NO exercise – move your body everyday for at LEAST 30 minutes.
Stress – learn to deal with your everyday stresses, and take some time to relax each day. Try walking, a yoga class or learn how to meditate.
Smoking – you should stop smoking immediately. It causes inflammation in your blood vessels and it’s one of the worst things that you can do to your body and dramatically raises your chances of getting heart disease.
It’s certainly not all doom and gloom, as heart disease can be prevented by making certain changes in your life and following a healthy lifestyle.
If you do this then you can reduce the risk of heart disease and instead have a healthy heart.
Making smart eating choices every day and exercising on a regular basis will not only help prevent heart disease but can also help to lower cholesterol.
Eating a healthy diet that is low in bad fats and salt is so important for a healthy heart. Make sure that your diet is full of vegetables, fruit and whole grains. Keeping your dairy intake to a minimum each day.
You get enough salts and sugars naturally from foods so these should have no place in your home; we no longer need them to use as food preserves because we now have fridges. So take my advice and start cutting back today until you’ve weaned yourself of them both.
These foods should be included in your diet:
Legumes – kidney beans, chickpeas and lentils are full of fiber, they are also packed full of calcium and omega -3 fatty acids.
Avocados – they allow for the absorption of carotenoids, especially lycopene and beta-carotene.
Olive Oil – lowers bad cholesterol LDL and is full of monounsaturated fats, perfect for a healthy heart.
Salmon – rich in omega-3 fatty acids which helps lower blood pressure.
By following these healthy heart points you will definitely be able to prevent heart disease from coming into your life.
I’ve got a happy heart challenge here for you, it will ONLY take you 6 minutes!!
Do as many as you can of each exercise for 1 minute and without rest then move
onto the next for a total of 6 minutes. Everything will be burning, your heart will be
pumping and your metabolism will be through the roof all day long!
Get to it!