Thursday, 29 January 2015
Every where we turn right now we see heart shaped everything. Love is in the air. Valentine's Day is just around the corner. However I'm posting a different kind of love today. What this post is about is: as of today February 1, it's national Heart Month. This month brings forward the awareness of heart disease, the risk factors & information on how to prevent this disease.
Being that we have only one heart, it's in our best interest to take "GOOD" care of it. I'm sure most will agree with that.
I think often most of us think as long as we feel good then we have no reason to be concerned about heart disease. That of course is not the case. By ignoring proper nutrition & physical activity ( just to name a few ) only increases our chances of developing this disease. However the reverse and good news is if we make some changes to our lifestyle we can decrease our chances of heart disease by 80 percent. How? By adopting five lifestyle factors: not smoking, a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, regular physical activity, and light to moderate alcohol consumption.
Yes I know what some of you are saying---- what about heredity? Well yes that is a factor we can not change but we can work with it. We are dealing with this in my house hold right now.
Which is one reason I wanted to post a blog about heart health especially during this month.
First let's start with some facts followed by how Heart Health month started.
Today, heart disease and stroke take one life every 7 minutes and 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor. Heart Month is the Heart and Stroke Foundation's key opportunity to reach millions of Canadians in February and alert them to the risks of heart disease and stroke. Volunteers are the face and the voice of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Heart Month is a critical time when we depend on you to share your message.
Heart and Stroke Foundation - History
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How much cholesterol can we eat per day anyways?
Here are 25 to help support a healthy heart.
1. Salmon 2. Flax seeds 3. Oatmeal 4. Black or Kidney beans 5. Almonds
6. Walnuts 7. Red wine 8. Tuna 9. Tofu 10. Brown rice
11. Soy milk 12. Blueberries 13. Carrots 14. Spinach 15. Broccoli
16. Sweet potato 17. Red bell peppers 18. Asparagus 19. Oranges 20. Tomato
21. Acorn squash 22. Cantaloupe 23. Papaya 24. Dark chocolate 25. Tea
View the website below to see why these foods help with heart health
www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/25-top-heart-healthy-foodsThat's why variety is best in selecting heart-healthy foods, says Suzanne Farrell, MS, RD, ... we've put together a list of the "best of the best" heart-healthy foods.
On this note, you do not need to eat any animal products to support a healthy heart. A well planned VEGAN diet/lifestyle will get you there just the same. I am a huge believer of a plant based diet. Not only do plant foods contain no cholesterol they offer ENDLESS health benefits. These health benefits fall under the umbrella name of PHYTOCHEMICALS which animal products do not offer.
What are Phytochemicals? I've posted a short blog on this before and often mention it in other blogs, but here it is in detail via this website.
www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org › Fruit & Veggie InfoNov 10, 2013 - The term phytochemicals is a broad name for a wide variety of compounds produced by plants. They're found in fruits, vegetables, beans, ...
Don't forget to check out this website too
awomanshealth.com/a-plant-based-diet-offers-great-benefits/We are hearing a lot about the potential benefits of a plant-based diet; even former president Bill Clinton attributes his weight loss and improved health to this ...
Why Exercise Matters
As you can see change in just diet & exercise alone can decrease risks of heart disease hugely.
But let's not forget that a decrease in alcohol, cigarette smoking & stress are factors also.
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Check out one of my favorite magazines FANTASTIC article on Heart Heath. A great read.
**Click on the picture on their website for the full article. website below.
www.alive.com/Alive Magazine is home to Natural Health and Wellness tips, articles and recipes. Read our blogs, try the recipe finder or watch a cooking video.
Hopefully I have provided enough or at least some information or awareness that you have found useful to help you and your loved ones stay or get on track to a healthier heart. Most of all as I always say " May you be Nutritionally Well"! Thanks for reading.