Simple Heart Healthy Tips

Simple Heart Healthy Tips

April 2019
Here are some simple steps you can take to support your heart health.

Turn up the heat

By preparing your own food at home you have total control over the ingredients used and the amount of sodium sprinkled in. Eating healthy can be scrumptious, be sure to include a diet rich in good fats, whole grains, lean protein, fruits and vegetables.

 

Catch those ZZZs 

According to CDC, sleeping at least 7 to 8 hours per night is crucial for your overall wellness, especially when it comes to heart health. Studies show that if you don’t get enough sleep, you may be at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. To promote a sound slumber, make sure you adhere to a similar bedtime each night. When you go to sleep at the same time each night your circadian rhythm, the internal body clock that regulates many physiological processes, is always synced.

 

Get Physical

With so many heart-healthy benefits, working out should be a priority. Making sure you get at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day can help improve your cardiovascular health, reduce cholesterol, and strengthen your heart. As a muscle, it needs exercise in order to pump blood more efficiently. If you struggle with motivation, choose a workout that you will enjoy to make it more exciting - whether that be hitting the gym, taking a dance class or going for a stroll in the park.

 

Indulge in the Dark

Did you know that indulging (in moderation) can actually support your heart health? If you enjoy a glass of wine or a morsel of chocolate from time to time, always choose the darker option. Red wines contain antioxidants called polyphenols, as well as a substance called resveratrol that has been shown to support cardiovascular health. Additionally, if you’re thinking of getting something sweet, go with dark chocolate instead of milk. Dark Chocolate contains flavanols and antioxidants which can support heart health when consumed in moderation. Look for labels that have a cocoa content of 70% or higher for the most health benefits.

 

Find your Perfect Match

Your heart is responsible for the pumping of nutrients; it deserves the best supplementation to do its job. EPA and DHA, are two omega-3 essential fatty acids that help to support and maintain a healthy heart function*, EPA and DHA are commonly found in cold water fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna. If you struggle to get oily fish into your diet, fish oil supplements can provide a convenient alternative to ensure you're getting the recommended amounts of omega-3. Explore all of our omega and fish oil products.

*DHA and EPA contribute to the normal function of the heart. Beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250 mg EPA and DHA. DHA also contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function and vision. Beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250 mg DHA.

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