Is your heart healthy? In honor of American Heart Month, I recommend following these 5 proven steps to improve your heart health for years to come.

 

1.     Eat a Non-Toxic Diet

Eating a non-toxic diet means eating food that is low in fat, fructose and gluten. Consume only a third of your daily calories from fat, and try to avoid or eliminate gluten from your diet. Eating food low in fructose typically means eating fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, and staying away from processed foods.

 

2.     Take Quality Vitamin Supplements

Solve any nutritional deficiencies by finding a quality multivitamin that you consume every day, along with a Vitamin D supplement. Plan to do this for the remainder of your life for better heart health.

 

3.     Limit Alcohol Consumption

Limiting alcohol consumption improves heart health. For women, limit alcohol intake to one or two drinks per week. For men, limit alcohol to three drinks per week.

 

4.     Don’t Smoke!

Smoking cigarettes harms nearly every organ in the body, including the heart, blood vessels, lungs, eyes, mouth, reproductive organs, bones, bladder, and digestive organs. If you smoke, stop. If you don’t, please never start.

 

5.     Get Plenty of Exercise

Moving every day keeps your heart healthy. Strive to exercise for at least 2 to 3 hours every week by brisk walking or exerting yourself in some other way for 30 continuous minutes.

 Much of the testing we do today to detect heart disease identifies the damage in the heart, but the tests don’t necessarily find the root cause of the problem. Despite spending lots of money on ultrasounds, treadmill tests, etc., some patients never know they have heart disease until right before a serious health issue occurs or right after.

To rely on these tests to tell you whether your cardiovascular system is healthy is really a gross measurement. Many patients who suffer heart attacks and strokes never experience abnormal blood pressure. Similarly, following every guideline to manage cholesterol only prevents about one-third of all heart attacks and following blood pressure guidelines only reduces heart attacks and strokes by about 20 percent.

 If you have questions about ways to improve your cardiovascular health, please call me at (317) 559-2515, or you can email me at drstock@purehealthmed.com.

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