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Posted on 01-28-2017

As some of our patients may know, February is American Heart Month. According to the American Heart Association, 1 out of every 4 deaths in the United States is due to heart disease. That number is far too high and here at Family Chiropractic we want to keep our patients' bodies happy and healthy. The American Heart Association has listed a few ways to reduce your risk of developing heart disease, including: watching your weight, stop smoking, moderate drinking, reduce sodium intake and increase your activity level!  

In fact, you have a HIGHER RISK of developing heart disease if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoke, are overweight, don’t eat healthy, if the disease runs in your family, and if you are a woman over 55 or a man over 45. You can’t change your age or gender, but you can change the daily decisions you make about nutrition and exercise!

Did you know reducing stress can also reduce your risk of developing heart disease? When a person experiences stress, their blood pressure rises and they may choose to eat unhealthy foods, stay up all night and get less sleep, smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol. People believe doing these things will reduce their stress level. Stressful situations can last a few minutes, a few hours, a few days or become chronic stress and last months. If a person decides to manage their stress with any of those four examples daily, their risk of developing heart disease will rise exponentially.

What is heart disease exactly? Coronary heart disease is a disease of the heart where blood vessels bringing oxygen to the heart become blocked. This condition is called atherosclerosis and occurs when plaque builds up in the vessels, and makes it harder for blood to flow through. Blood is the substance that carries oxygen to the heart. When this occurs, oxygen won’t be able to get to the heart because blood flow has stopped and a heart attack or stroke pay ensue. Another shocking fact about heart disease is once you have it, you will have it for life. Once blood vessels are damaged, there is no curing them. However, making better choices in your daily life can prevent heart disease.

Three simple changes you can make to reduce your risk of developing is reducing the amount of salt you eat, replacing bad fats in your diet, and committing to daily exercise. Instead of adding more salt to a meal, read the nutrition label and see how much sodium is already in the food. You may opt to use spices instead of salt, such as Cajun or Mrs. Dash’s salt free seasonings. Look in your cabinet and replace saturated and trans-fat items with better unsaturated fat options. An easy way to tell the difference, is that saturated and trans-fat is usually solid at room temperature while unsaturated fats are usually liquid at room temperature. For example, instead of cooking with butter and eating processed items try cooking with olive oil and eating raw nuts and seeds! Implement a daily exercise routine for yourself and set goals. Have you ever wanted to complete a 5k? Make that your goal! Start off with walking a mile a day and increase the intensity from there. Making the change is the hardest step, but it is worth it!




https://www.organicfacts.net/home-remedies/20-ways-to-keep-your-heart-healthy.html -- Great ways to reduce stress!

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