Heart disease is one of the leading killers for Canadians. Rather than dealing with the issues when they arise, implement a heart healthy lifestyle in order to prevent high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol.
- Choose fish over red meat
Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which can help prevent heart disease. Best choices include U.S.-caught tilapia, herring, rainbow trout and pacific wild salmon.
- Lots of colours
Vegetables with colour contain the most antioxidants, which help protect cells and prevent damage to blood vessel walls.
- You can have your chocolate
Pure dark chocolate contains catechins, which also function as an antioxidant within the body.
- Skip the salt
Processed food rich in salt (sodium) can cause you to retain water and your blood pressure to rise.
- Walk, walk, walk
Like any other muscle in the body, the heart is a muscle that needs to be trained. Walking is a gentle, sustainable form of cardiovascular exercise.
- Slow and steady wins the race
Implement life long changes rather than starting a fad diet. Years of healthy eating and exercise will do far more good than a few weeks on a fad diet.
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