Did you know that February is American Heart Month? To focus on heart health this month, we are excited to share some tips from Dr. Steve Feyrer-Melk of Nudge and The Optimal Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center in Scottsdale about how you give your heart a boost this February and stay healthy year-round:
- Have some candy, well, actually have dark chocolate. Seven to 10 grams per day is what's recommended and the darker the better.
- Eat fish twice a week to get the right dose of Omega- 3 fatty acids. There's nothing fishy about the studies that prove these fatty acids decrease abnormal heartbeats and triglyceride levels.
- Have some cumin the spice is linked to lowering cholesterol health and weight loss.
- Relax and give yourself a break to help decrease stress. Take a moment to take deeps breaths...in through the nose, out through the mouth.
- Use an activity monitor to see just how much you move each day. If the data is too complicated to read, sync it with Nudge, to have get an easy-to-read score and a better understanding of your fitness.
- Cut down on the sugars, as this can have a significant impact on your health in general and lead to better heart health.
- Exercise and get off your couch. Fitness is probably the best move you can make for your heart as it lowers blood pressure and strengthens your heart.
- Take your heart health seriously! While blowing a valve or springing an oil leak on your car can be expensive, it can be fixed. Having a similar problem in your heart could cause it to be totaled.
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