10 ways to keep your heart healthy

10 ways to stay heart healthy

Tips to help keep your heart healthy and in top form and feeling just right.

To keep a healthy heart you have to treat it right.

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Tips will help keep your heart healthy and in top form and feeling just right.

1. Eat more fruit and vegetables.

The Mayo Clinic suggests you eat more fruits and vegetables. They contain substances found in plants that may help prevent cardiovascular disease. Try our delicious Butternut, Carrot and Cumin Soup.

2. Pecan nuts.

These delicious nuts are filled with healthy fats that help fight cholesterol, so be sure to eat a handful a day – but no more than that, or it might start showing around your middle!

3. Avoid red meat.

Eating red meat every day isn’t good for you, so try to indulge only three times a week. A braai is a great way to eat red meat healthily. Look out for our delicious braai sides in our September issue on shelves now!

4. Avoid salt.

Too much salt leads to hypertension. Remember, many processed foods are packed full of salt, too.

5. Exercise.

Keeping your body active is important to keep your heart healthy and fit! Go for a walk with the dogs or take the children to the park for a fun way to get moving.

6. Avoid stress.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends that you avoid stress. Stress can cause a lack of concentration, vague anxiety or fear for no apparent reason, and periods of irritability followed by depression. Good diet is a good stress coping mechanism. This is because certain nutrients are used up more rapidly when one is under stress. The body therefore needs extra B vitamins for a healthy central nervous system and Vitamins C and zinc for resistance to infection. (http://www.heartfoundation.co.za).

7. Swap milk chocolate for dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate is full of ingredients that your heart loves, so try to eat a block or two (no more!) a day.

8. Sing Music.

Music has been shown to have a positive impact on blood pressure, says Health24. Put on your favourite track and sing along at the top of your lungs!(http://www.health24.com/Medical/Heart/Health-tips/Top-up-your-heart-health-20120721).

9. Smoking.

Rather unsurprisingly, smoking has been linked to unhealthy hearts, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends you quit the habit.

10. Get tested regularly.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation  says you can’t always see or feel the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, you need to be tested regularly to assess your risk. Have your weight, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels tested to determine your risk level.’ (http://www.heartfoundation.co.za/lifestyle-0).

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