Show Your Love with a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

At the center of all those big bear hugs, warm hands, and pounding beats at the sign of first love is your heart of course! Keeping blood circulating and carrying vitalnutrientsand oxygen to our entire bodies leaves our heart working full-time. This Valentine’s Day, why not give your loved ones (and yourself) the gift of a healthy heart? Heart health issues have become far too common today and there is nothing to love about that. A healthy heart is the start to full body wellness, and improvements don’t take much more than being conscious about your diet and lifestyle.

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Here are some tips for heart-healthy living:

  • Cut out health-damaging trans fatsby reading labels. Avoid foods containing hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated oils (these products are safer left on the grocery shelf). Continue to support your heart by avoidingprocessed foodsand limiting sodium and saturated fat.
  • Stick to lean protein sources such as chicken, fish and legumes. Once a weekaim to make a vegetarian dish.
  • Take advantage of salmon’somega-3s- another heart helper. Walnuts are also rich in healthy fats, so add some to your salad!
  • Berriesare packed with disease-fighting antioxidants and fiber-richoatmealhas been shown to lower cholesterol levels. This is just the beginning of the superfoods that can make your heart a happy one!
  • Lifestyle changes might include getting active and reducing stress. Find yourself stressed most days? Try somejournal writingor have awarm bathfollowed by some stretching.
  • Showing affection by touching, hugging, or just holding hands keeps us social, and science shows that being connected to others like this lowersblood pressure. Now what is there not to love about that?

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Embarking on the journey to total health might start with your heart, but can continue well into other aspects of your life. This Valentine’s Day, eat well, love big, and stay healthy.

Repostedwith permission fromNaturally Savvy.

Photo Credit: Kelly Keeton/Flickr

44 comments

Jim V
Jim Ven4 months ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome S4 months ago

thanks for sharing.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven5 months ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome S5 months ago

thanks for sharing.

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Elizabeth W
Elizabeth W6 months ago

Noted.

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Carl R
Carl R6 months ago

Thanks!!!

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Tin Ling L
Tin Ling L7 months ago

thanks for posting

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heather g
heather g7 months ago

They forgot fruit, other than berries .....

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Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran7 months ago

noted

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Carl R
Carl R7 months ago

Thanks

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