Los Angeles, CA – 3/3/2014—
Everyoneis at least familiar with the basics of heart health: 30 minutes of exercise onmost days of the week, limit consumption of red meats, stop smoking and reduceintake of alcohol. Beyond this, however,there are numerous steps one can take to reduce their risk of developingcardiovascular disease or other heart conditions.
Vitamin Dassists with liver function, improves skin tone, and is also necessary for ahealthy heart. During the winter months,this vitamin lacks in the body due to our reduced exposure to sunlight. To combat this, adding a vitamin D supplementto a person’s diet is a good idea to support heart and bone health.
Anotherdietary change one can make to support heart health is to focus on proteinintake. Poultry and other sources ofprotein have a positive effect on the heart, especially if red meat is reducedin the diet. This can also providesupport to the muscles and help increase strength during exercise.
Duringexercise, putting on music can increase both physical activity and mood. It’s been reported that listening to upbeatmusic can not only make a workout fly by, but helps a person feel happier andmore upbeat which can lead to reduced blood pressure. Reduced blood pressure and less stress allhave positive effects on the heart in addition to diet.
Inaddition to dietary changes, we can change habits that will also improve ouroverall health and cardiovascular function. Dedicated hand washing leads to better protection against illnesses,some of which can increase inflammatory responses in the body that can inflamearteries in the heart. Vaccinations canalso protect against these illnesses, and ensuring the body gets enough restwill protect against inflammation from illnesses as well.
Overall,being conscious about dietary choices and increasing activities that willreduce levels of stress are all beneficial on both the body and what keeps thebody functioning – the heart.
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