Get enough sleep
It seems like we’re always talking about the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and heart health is no exception. Studies show that those who get adequate rest have lower blood pressure and lower risk of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases. Prepare your mind and body for a restful sleep by turning the TV off and avoiding your pesky cell phone. The artificial light from these sources can keep you from falling asleep quickly and experiencing a restful sleep!
Know your numbers
Measuring your cholesterol levels and blood pressure are a great way to gauge your heart health and recognize areas of concern. Healthy cholesterol levels should be below 200mg/dL. This stands for milligrams per deciliter and measures the concentration of cholesterol in your blood. Similarly, the American Heart Association recommends that blood pressure be less than 120/80 mm Hg. The top number indicates the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats and the bottom number measures the pressure in the arteries between beats when the heart muscle is resting. It’s important to remember that one reading doesn’t mean something is wrong but multiple high blood pressure readings can give you insight into how efficiently your heart is functioning. These are just a few of the ways that our body regulates and reports. How amazing is that?
Feed your heart
Okay, of course we don’t mean that literally! But there are heart healthy foods you should make sure you’re including in your diet. Good fats (mono and polyunsaturated fats) like olive oil, canola oil, fish that are high in omega-3s, avocados, some nuts and many other foods are great sources of these healthy fats.You should also get plenty of fiber through whole grains and vegetables. The target goal should be 35 grams of fiber every day! Fiber supports heart health by promoting lower cholesterol and helping you feel more satiated, which can support weight-loss. As you already know, when you lose weight, the body is able to function more efficiently, which in turn helps to support your heart. What’s not to love?
Choose the right supplements
While we all try to make the healthiest choices possible, there are times where this is hard or alltogether impossible! There are many heart health supplements that can help fill these gaps. Two of our favorites are Forever Arctic Sea® and Forever CardioHealth®. Forever Arctic Sea® provides the optimum balance of healthy fats to support a healthy heart including a proprietary blend of DHA-rich calamari oil, Omega-3 fish oil and high oleic olive oil. Forever CardioHealth® not only features CoQ10, a powerful naturally occurring antioxidant that decreases as we age, but also contains a powerful blend of B vitamins that help maintain healthy homocysteine levels. It gets better! Herbal extracts grape seed, turmeric, boswellia and olive leaf found in Forever CardioHealth® are known to be beneficial for cardiovascular health too!
Understanding the effects that diet, exercise and a good night’s sleep can have on your health is a great first step to making positive changes that can help you look and feel better.
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