10 Ways to Love Your Heart

 

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  • Snack on almonds (1 ½ ounces every day can help lower bad cholesterol)
  • Enjoy fruits and veggies that are rich in vitamin C and your heart will be rewarded with a potent antioxidant.
  • Sweat it up!  Strenuous exercise a couple times a week is heart-healthy.
  • Don’t forget vitamin D – research shows that vitamin D deficiency may lead to a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Cuddle with your significant other or your furry friend. This helps lower stress levels and blood pressure.
  • Floss your teeth – good for your gums, and may help protect against heart disease.
  • Let go of anger and resentment – this reduces stress and blood pressure, and can help lower your heart rate.
  • Find a reason to have a good belly laugh.  At least one daily.  Laughing not only reduces stress and tension, it improves blood flow (reducing blood pressure). It may also boost good cholesterol levels.
  • Fill up with fiber (afraid of tootin’? Find some tips to help avoid gaseous emissions at the Everyday Health site
  • Try some yoga poses for a healthy heart.

Sources:

Narula, T., M.D. Have a Heart Healthy Day. Oprah magazine. February 2014.

Westen, R. Top 50 Ways to Stay Healthy. AARP magazine. October/November 2015.

8 Reliable Health Resources

Interested in health and wellness?  Want to read about the latest research, health conditions, and more? Looking for trustworthy sources?

Don’t fall for health and wellness hype and scams!  When seeking out reliable health information, here’s what to look for:

  • Non-profit sites, those affiliated with governmental agencies, hospitals, universities, and public health organizations such as the American Heart Association.  These resources use medical facts and peer-reviewed research to provide health consumers with current, accurate information.

I’ve done some legwork for you.   Check out these 8 reliable resources:

(1) Medline Plus

(2) Johns Hopkins Medicine

(3) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(4) Merck Manual Home Health Handbook

(5) Tuft’s University

(6) Medscape (for latest medical news)

(7) Harvard Health

(8) Health Finder

 

 

 

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