Reducing your risk of having a heart attack or stroke begins with the habits you follow every day. Here are my top 4 tips for a heart-healthy lifestyle:
- Get Moving. I know you’ve heard it a million times, but it’s true. Exercise improves your blood flow, helps you maintain blood sugar balance, and strengthens your heart. Natural Movement is a way to move even the body parts you don’t usually use to make them stronger. Check out the many Natural Movement books by Katy Bowman or her Nutritious Movement Website.
- Eat a Healthy Diet. Make fresh fruits and vegetables the staples of your diet. Choose high-quality protein sources, like organic meats, eggs, and beans. Choose whole grains over refined carbs and sugars.
- Watch Your Drinks. Water should be your main source of hydration. Don’t overdo it on caffeine or alcohol, and avoid sugary drinks entirely.
- Reduce Stress. Stress is a major player in most chronic health issues. Turning off devices and being outside in nature is an amazing way to reduce your stress levels.
- Quit Smoking. This should be number one. Smoking increases your risk not only for heart disease but many other chronic illnesses as well.
These are recommendations that can help absolutely everyone live a healthier life and support heart health. This is what I teach in my Family Wellness Coaching Programs. There are also a lot of nuances that come into play for each person. Depending on your family history, health history, and specific lifestyle, you might benefit from targeted nutritional supplements and lifestyle changes.