When most people think for Februaury, they think of Black History Month, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, President's day, and of course the Love & Hearts of Valentine's day... I think of hearts yes, Healthy Hearts. February is American Heart Month, and Go Red for Women Month. As a woman, a black woman, I was shocked to learn the leading cause of death in women, especially black women, is heart disease! So, I decided to share how healthy living within your Self, Soul, and Space will help fight heart disease.
Anyone, and everyone can be Heart Healthy... It's never too late, and you're never to young to start!
Heart Healthy Tips For Any Age
Be Active: 30 min of moderately intense cardio exercise everyday is ideal, or a total of 2.5 hrs a week.
Talk to Your Doctor: Have your Dr. check your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, weight, and heart rate on every visit. KNOW these NUMBERS, that way you'll know if something changes.
Watch Your Weight: Watch for weight gain triggers, such as stress or depression. Eat smaller portions, and tons of fruits & vegetables.
Eat Better: Don't think about diets, think about nutrition. Look to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, fiber-filled grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy, lean meats & proteins, unsaturated oils, legumes, and nuts/seeds. Try to choose foods low in saturated fats, sodium, and added sugar.
Don't Smoke: Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the US. It raises your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other major diseases. Quit, you'll also save the earth & those around your from second-hand smoke!
Know Your Family History: By knowing and learning your family's health history, helps you and your Dr. know if you are predisposed to any heart issues, and to prevent them accordingly.
A healthy heart means a healthy Self, Soul, and Space. So, eat right, reduce stress (Check out- Meditation: Health for the Soul)& eliminate depression, stay active, don't pollute the environment with second-hand smoke, and know your numbers and family history... Follow these tips, and you will help your heart be healthy at any age!
One more thing... Don't forget to be kind and loving to others, we don't need any broken hearts this month either!