We thought we’d take this opportunity on Valentines Day, to remind our clients and readers of the importance of heart health. Did you know that heart disease is the #1 cause of death globally? More people die annually from Cardiovascular diseases than from any other cause. The most important risk factors for heart disease & stroke are unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use & alcohol abuse. Here are some key heart health tips:
- Eat more colourful, fresh fruit & vegetables in your diet. Aim for 3-5 servings daily where 1 serving is the sizeof your fist.
- Fill up on fibre in the form of wholegrain carbohydrates such as oats, corn, quinoa, brown rice and wholegrain crackers or cereals.
- Stop added salts in cooking! Add fresh herbs, onion, garlic, ginger and curry spices for extra flavour in place of stock cubes, cook-in-sauces and salt.
- Away with animal fats – chicken skin, butter, fat on meat and dairy fat. Instead, choose avocado, nuts (in portion controlled amounts); nut butters; olives and olive oils.
Visit your nearest Doctor or health check facility to test your blood pressure, Cholesterol levels and Blood Glucose levels. A healthy heart is a happy heart!
Wishing you a wonderful Valentines Day <3
- American Heart Association (2017 June, 17) What is Cardiovascular Disease? Retrieved from: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/What-is-Cardiovascular-Disease_UCM_301852_Article.jsp#.WoPHaqiWaUk
- Khan, K., Jovanovski, E., Ho, H. V. T., Marques, A. C. R., Zurbau, A., Mejia, S. B., … & Vuksan, V. (2018). The effect of viscous soluble fiber on blood pressure: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, 28(1), 3-13.