February is Valentine’s Day……so it’s a great time to start taking steps to be heart-healthy.
The heart shape is recognized the world over as a symbol of romantic love and affection.Your heart is also the center of your cardiovascular system, it is responsible for just about everything that gives your body life.
However, the foods you eat and the amount of activity you choose to take part in can dramatically affect the overall health of your heart and the many other tissues that make up your cardiovascular system. It is so important to have a cardio vascular check regularly.
Some Heart-Health Valentine’s Day Tips:
1 Rather than tempting your beloved with chocolate why not make her/him our delicious turmeric bark.
2 Quality time is one of the most meaningful gifts. Bundle up and plan an active outing such walking along Brisbane river, or hire a canoe and view the river from a different perspective, what about a trampoline places such as Bounce…or ice skating, rock climbing…the list is endless
3 Prepare a romantic candlelit dinner at home using our heart-healthy recipes.
Remember certain fats are good for your heart, such as olive oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, nut butter and coldwater fish such as salmon which is rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3s may decrease triglyceride levels, slow the rate of atherosclerotic plaque and lower blood pressure.
4 Use this day as an opportunity to tell your loved one how important they are to you, and share ways that you can support each other’s health and wellness. Such as avoid smoking and secondhand smoke., Limit alcohol use Maintain a healthy weight
5 Take a long, romantic walk with your beloved – and try to make it a regular habit. Aim for at least at least 30 minutes five days each week. Start slow and gradually increase your speed.
6 Take charge of stress: Stress may affect your heart health. Taking a little time out for yourselves will do wonders for your heart (and your well-being). Schedule some social time with a with a good book or watch a movie…..or a moment to enjoy a cup of herbal tea and relax and recharge.
During February, Kangaroo Point Naturopaths are offering half hour appointments for a HEALTHY HEART CHECK – this Involves blood pressure, anthropometrics, waist/hip ratios and blood testing if required. We will share healthy recipes and include an exercise program.
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