With February being Heart Month, we thought there was no better time to talk about how to make some small, but very effective changes to support not only the health of your heart but your overall health as well.
And, with heart disease affecting millions of Americans each year, it’s something we all should be talking more about this month.
Here's How to Support Heart Health
#1 Move Your Body More
Regular exercise is key for keeping your heart healthy. It also plays a role in helping us maintain a healthy weight, and supporting healthy blood pressure readings, two other key aspects of keeping our heart healthy.
This month, try to add more regular exercise into your daily routine, even if it’s just a brisk walk.
#2 Ditch the Freezer Meals
If you had to make one change to your diet this month, consider ditching the freezer meals, and choosing more whole foods instead. While convenient, freezer meals are loaded with sodium, which is not such a good thing for the health of our heart.
Instead, try loading your freezer up with lots of frozen berries and veggies that you can mix and match to create healthy meals and smoothies.
#3 Watch Your Sugar
While sodium and unhealthy fats are often viewed as being two of the biggest offenders when it comes to heart health, sugar can also pose a risk.
Too much sugar can lead to weight gain, blood sugar imbalances, and an increased risk of heart disease. So, try swapping sugary sweets with healthier options like this peppermint mocha energy bite recipe, and instead of using sugar in your morning cup of coffee, consider using a drizzle of raw honey instead.
Show Your Heart Some Love This Month
This month, take some steps towards supporting a healthier heart and an overall healthier life. With simple, but consistent changes, you may notice some big shifts in your overall health.