Valentine’s Day may be over, but Heart Health Month is not! Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. , according to the Center for Disease Control, so getting help fast when a heart-attack comes can literally mean the difference between life and death. Life Alert medical alert system is perfect for summoning help fast, 24/7.
Getting help fast with Life Alert is important; however, it’s just as important to keep your heart healthy so it doesn’t get into trouble in the first place. Studies have shown that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and fiber can considerably reduce the risk of heart disease. You can do your part by purchasing healthy foods at the grocery store, maintaining a healthy diet and including regular exercise. Doing these few things and creating good habits can lead to a longer life expectancy.
Here are some tips on what to eat, what not to eat and how to avoid bouncing back to your old habits.
1. Buy more fruits and veggies.
The more colorful the better! Bright fruits and veggies are low in calories, high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Studies suggest that adults should get at least five servings per day of these superfoods.
Fun fact: Tomatoes are high in lutein, which is beneficial for your eyes and heart!
2. Pass on the high fat dairy or meat.
When perusing the meat counter, keep an eye out for skinless cuts of lean meat; the less visible amount of fat, the better. All ground meats, including chicken, turkey, pork or beef should have 20% less fat. Once you get to the dairy aisle, look for 2% “reduced fat” or less. This goes for yogurt, milk, cheese and any other dairy products you may enjoy.
Fun fact: There is one fat that you can’t eat too much of—fish! Several servings of salmon or any other oily fish can help to lower the risk of heart disease. It also helps to increase the body’s level of healthy omega-3s!
3. Avoid rushing into major changes.
Learning to eat for heart health can be a difficult change for some, but do not worry. The best way to make any change is to take small steps. Before you know it, you and your family will be eating healthier and feeling better too! Your heart works hard, why not give it a helping hand?
Now that you are better prepared to keep your heart healthy, take the extra step to protect it and your lifestyle with Life Alert. Life Alert’s medical alert system can be a huge asset in keeping you safe if you are elderly, living alone, or both.
The lightweight, waterproof pendant can be worn at all times, even in the shower so that a simple touch of a button will send you the urgent medical assistance you need if you fall, have a medical emergency, or hear an intruder breaking in.
Give Life Alert your heart and they will keep it safe. To know more, call 1-800-513-2934, for a free brochure.
1. “Heart Disease Facts.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 19 February 2015. <http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm>.
2. Stevenson, Sarah J. “7 Heart Healthy Shopping Tips for Seniors.” A Place For Mom. 02 Feburary 2015. <http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/2013-02-06-senior-heart-healthy/>.