by Dr. Corey
Nearly 50 years ago, the month of February was dedicated to the efforts of those fighting heart disease, the research involved in preventing it, and to raise awareness about it. In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death. It’s also one of the most preventable diseases in the world. In the past, heart disease has been treated using medication but health care has seen more of a movement toward lifestyle and diet changes. These are the two easiest things that a person can change to help improve their overall health.
Although some cardiovascular issues can be hereditary, we’re responsible for our own health. What we put into our bodies greatly affects us. Red meats, processed or cured meats, added simple sugars, and deep fried foods are a few examples we should avoid eating on a regular basis, but are ok every once in a while! It’s true, the best tasting foods generally aren’t always the best for us. It’s important to eat healthy foods! By healthy, I mean eating plenty of vegetables, especially leafy greens, and foods packed with omega-3 fatty acids like seafood such as salmon. Other healthy foods include lean meats like chicken, whole grains, and fruits just to name a few. All of these take different effects on the cardiovascular system that help decrease the risk of heart disease.
Pairing rigorous physical exercise that increases our heart rate along with healthy eating habits, is the key to living life to its highest potential. Both of these things together work great in reducing the risk of heart disease. I know personally it can be hard to come home and want to cook or exercise after work, but if you make a habit of it, it just becomes part of your daily routine. My challenge for you is to start creating these healthy habits now, your heart and overall health will thank you later!