In honor of #Americanheartmonth, we will explore the question that many of my clients ask: “What can I do to prevent heart disease?”
While genetics contribute, your actions play a monumental role in regards to heart health. The foods you eat, how you move your body, manage stress, and exposure to toxins all contribute to many health problems, including the leading cause of death in the United States: heart disease.
The WHO states Heart Disease deaths have increased from 2 million in 2000 to 8.9 million in 2019. That is an enormous increase in a short amount of time and a detrimental toll on our healthcare system.
It’s time to be preventative. Preventative medicine and approaches can allow for longevity and optimal health. One more important thing to note is that we aren’t striving for perfection here. Living a fulfilled and healthy life is much more than perfection. I love to offer simple approaches to my clients that they can add into their daily routines.
Some of these modifications that help with heart disease prevention are: ️
❤️ Eat a healthy diet: Aim for at least 8 to 10 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables daily.
❤️ Increase omega-3 acids: Eat anti-inflammatory foods such as: flaxseeds, seaweed, wild salmon, sardine, herring.
❤️ Reduce your alcohol intake: By reducing your alcohol intake, you can lower your body’s inflammation, which is a silent trigger to chronic diseases including heart disease.
❤️ Take quality supplements: By working with a Nutritionist can help optimize this approach by receiving personalized supplement plans.
❤️ Move your body in ways you love: Get others involved! Host zoom workout classes or meet your friend for a walk in the park.
❤️ Explore new ways to manage your stress levels: Try activities like breath-work, meditation, or yoga.
Learn more about American Heart Month and be apart of the movement here.