February is Heart Month.
As you go about your day, you probably don’t think much about the organ that makes it all possible: your heart. It’s your hardest working muscle and it pumps for you all day long, but still, there are a lot of habits in western society that put your heart health at risk.
“Heart disease and stroke take one life every 7 minutes and 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor.1“
So take care of your heart. Show it some TLC. Small changes can make a difference for your overall heart health.
February was chosen by the Heart and Stroke Foundation back in 1956 to be Heart Month in order “to put heart health on the public agenda, to empower researchers to turn the tide on heart disease, and to educate Canadians about their hearts.”2
In recognition of Heart and Stroke’s efforts to raise awareness and spread the knowledge of heart health, here are some tips to help you maintain your heart health:
Incorporate healthy fats into your dietIt is difficult to drastically change your eating habits, but making small changes to gradually improve your heart health could make a difference. Start eating more healthy fats, these include essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6) from foods like nuts and seeds or fish. You can also take an Omega 3 supplement, like Omega 3 Hi Potency.
Practice stress managementMeditation and exercise can help combat stress. Try light stretching exercises like yoga or deep breathing, art therapy or any of the various meditation mobile apps available for on the go.
Check your family historyGo for regular checkups. Monitor your blood pressure so that your checkups go smoothly. Keep your BP below 120.80 mm HG. Organika’s Healthy BP can help by reducing the reducing oxidative damage to blood cells, blood vessels and other circulatory organs.
Get a good night’s sleepAim to get 6-8 hours of sleep per night. Good sleep habits can play an important role in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels.3
Whether you move more, eat better, or sleep more, making just one small change at a time could help your heart maintain its strength and longevity over time. Once you get going, you’ll find it pays off.
Find out more about these other heart health related products:
1, 2 http://heartmonth.heartandstroke.ca/site/c.jhLOKYPDLqF/b.8330671/k.B026/Learn_more_about_Heart_Month.htm