With February being National Heart Awareness Month, what exactly should we be aware of?
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, this includes both men and women. In fact, approximately 935,000 Americans have a heart attack each year. Recent studies have shown that at least 50% of Americans have one of the following risk factors for heart disease; increased blood pressure, increased LDL cholesterol, or smoking. Other lifestyle factors that increase your risk of heart disease include; diabetes, obesity, a poor diet, lack of physical activity, and excessive alcohol use.
What's even scarier, many people don't even know they have heart disease until they experience a heart attack! Sure, some people have signs and symptoms, or know that heart disease runs in their family. But for many, heart disease is present long before you feel or experience it. This is why talking about prevention is so important.
So how can you avoid becoming another statistic?
Changing your lifestyle can play a huge role in lowering your risk of heart disease. The following list provides ways in which you can take charge of your heart health.
Adopt a healthy diet - Eat a diet low in salt, fat, and cholesterol. Try using different spices to season your food instead of salt. Increase your consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, try going for a variety of colors.
Increase physical activity - Walking 30 minutes/day can decrease your risk of heart disease. You can even break this up by taking 3, 10 minute walks. Make physical activity part of your whole familiy's routine, so that everyone can benefit from increased heart health.
Avoid smoke - If you are a smoker, make an effort to quit smoking. This is often quite a challenge and there are now multiple resources you can take advantage of to help you quit. Also, avoid secondhand smoke whenever possible.
Moderate alcohol - If you do consume alcohol, always drink in moderation to help lower your risk of heart disease.
Get Adjusted! - If you have interferences in your nervous system, your body can't function to it's fullest potential. Removing those interferences through chiropractic adjustments can help your body function better.
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