Healthy Heart and Valentines

The heart is one of the most important organs in the body, it works hard for you non-stop and it’s quite surprising at how much we put it through. According to Heart UK, heart disease is one of the biggest issues, as 160,000 people die from heart and circulatory disease every year. (4)

Improving heart health requires small changes, whether this is to reduce stress, smoking or drinking, it could make a big difference.

Changing your lifestyle is a choice, but it’s a choice that could bring benefit in the long-run and though it may seem difficult at first, they do say that it only takes 28 days to form a habit.(5)

Here are a few tips on how to keep the heart healthy:

Get Active: (2)

Being active is really important when it comes to general health but even more important for the heart. Exercise is key to a healthy heart and it can reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Just 30 minutes, at least 5 days a week is ideal, with the aim of increasing it to an hour over time. You’d be surprised how easy it is to achieve this.

Eat more fibre: (2)

Did you know fibre helps lower the risk of heart disease? Consuming just 30g of fibre a day could help contribute to your heart health. Fibre comes from a variety of sources such as wholemeal bread, fruit, vegetables, nuts or dried fruit.

Cut down on saturated fat:

Many foods contain saturated fat, for example, meat and dairy products being two of them. Foods that are high in saturated fat can be harmful, causing weight gain and raised cholesterol levels which could increase the risk of heart disease. (1)

Five a day: (3)

Start replacing those unhealthy snacks with fruit and vegetables, eating five a day can help keep the body fuelled up with the right amount of vitamins, minerals and fibre as well as make a difference in reducing those cholesterol levels.

For a better lifestyle, taking small steps and making those little changes can contribute to your health, a good healthy diet and regular physical activity is the secret to preventing heart disease, so change your lifestyle today!

 

REF:

  1. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Saturated-Fats_UCM_301110_Article.jsp#.WHzo__mLTIU
  2. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Healthyhearts/Pages/Healthy-heart-tips.aspx
  3. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/5ADAY/Pages/Why5ADAY.aspx
  4. https://heartuk.org.uk/press/press-kit/key-facts-figures
  5. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/oct/10/change-your-life-habit-28-day-rule