Prevent Heart Disease Before It’s Too Late
Is it really possible to prevent heart disease? Is it really possible to prevent the number one cause of death for individuals in the US? You will be somewhat astounded to learn that it is actually possible to prevent heart disease, and I truly believe that such a possibility is somewhat remarkable, and should therefore be embraced with open arms.
What is Heart Disease?
Heart disease is for all intent purposes a build up of fat deposits on the arteries, resulting in a restriction of the flow of blood to the heart. Although sometimes hereditary, heart disease is far more likely to be found in individuals who have a high blood pressure, suffer from high cholesterol, are physically inactive, are diabetic or smoke.
Diet, Diet, Diet...
If you as an individual wish to prevent or avoid heart disease you will in the first instance have to take a closer look at your diet. As a general rule you are looking to follow a low fat, high fiber diet, the main factors of which are as follows:
- Eat five or more portions of fruit and vegetables on a daily basis by following my easy 5 a day plan;
- Eat whole grain or whole wheat bread as opposed to white bread;
- Eat whole wheat pasta as opposed to regular pasta;
- Eat brown rice as opposed to white rice;
- Get some additional fiber into your diet in the form of beans, lentils and other pulses;
- Limit your intake of those fats found in animal products, to include red meats, dairy products and eggs. The fat in your diet should come from oily fish, avocados, nuts and olive oil; and
- Limit your salt intake.
You will be pleased to note that if you have already been following my healthy eating advices, the above considerations with a view to prevent heart disease should come as no real surprise. In addition, you may wish to consider my heart healthy meals for some great delicious menu ideas!
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise...
Physical inactivity is another concern in our modern day society, regardless of whether or not you are looking to prevent heart disease. More and more individuals are overweight, if not obese. It therefore follows that a growing number of individuals could benefit from taking regular exercise.
You will of course be well aware of the fact that a healthy diet and regular exercise are the two main factors for any individual being able to maintain a healthy weight. Regular exercise should not only get your heart pumping and your body working efficiently, it should also contribute towards lowering blood pressure and lowering cholesterol.
Regular exercise in this regard does not have to be anything too adventurous! To prevent heart disease you are looking at doing 30 to 60 minutes of exercise each and every day. Such exercise can include walking instead of driving, taking the stairs as opposed to the elevator, walking the dog, gardening and general housekeeping.
You may of course also wish to consider some form of cardiovascular activity to get that heart really going! Jogging, running or cycling are probably the best cardiovascular activities to opt for, simply on the basis that they are easily and readily available to the vast majority of individuals.
In addition, it is relatively easy to increase the intensity of cardiovascular activity to gain even more benefit. Simply walk a little bit faster, climb up some steep hills or cycle in a higher gear!
Results, Results, Results...
The title says it all, we as individuals all need to prevent heart disease before it’s too late. For once in your life do not put things off until tomorrow. Start today and you could soon be well on your way to prevent heart disease.
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