Heart Health Month
Make a date with your heart! February is American Heart Month, a time for you to examine what you are doing in order to keep your heart healthy. Your heart is a very important organ in your body. It works hard to supply blood to every part of your body through veins, arteries and capillaries; this is known as your circulatory system. Your circulatory system works to provide oxygen and nutrients as well as remove wastes from our tissues. It also helps to stave off infections and disease by way of our white blood cells.
Making sure that you take care of your heart no matter your age is very important. Damage to your circulatory system does not happen overnight; it takes years of poor diet and exercise as well as genetics to damage your circulatory system. This is good news because it means that it is never too late to try and improve your heart health. Maintaining a diet low in LDL cholesterol, sodium, and fat as well as high in fruits, vegetables, fiber, and fatty fish (salmon) is a great way to start taking care of your heart health. Not all fat is bad for you. There are some fats like those from flax seed and salmon that are necessary for the proper function of your body.
If you maintain a healthy diet and an active lifestyle (which includes exercise) you can reduce the amount of damage that is done to your circulatory system. High blood pressure can be both genetic and environmental but with the right care, your blood pressure can be reduced which could lead to reduced risk of not only heart disease but also embolisms and stroke. Embolisms and strokes can have fatal results.
Always consult with your doctor before making lifestyle changes to ensure that your medical history is considered when you make plans for your journey towards a long healthy life.
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