Monday, January 31, 2011

Heart Healthy

On the Doctor Oz show last Monday, Dr. Oz stated that a heart attack is the number 1 cause of death in America, but it is 90% preventable.

Risk Factors: High blood pressure, high cholesterol, age, gender (females are more likely to have a heart attack) and smoking

Here are some of his tips.

Keep arteries clean -
1. Add 2 tablespoons of flax seed oil to breakfast (loosens blood vessels)
2. Take two baby aspirin with a full glass of water before going to bed
3. Stretch for ten minutes each morning

Challenge your heart -
Climb stairs for ten minutes a day or take a ten minute brisk walk (get your heart rate up)

Lower blood pressure -
1. Eat three fruits a day
2. Make meat a side dish and vegetables the main course
3. Eat more real foods and less processed. Processed foods contain more salt.

Reduce stress -
Make two social phone calls a week
One social visit a week.

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Any information in this blog should not take the place of medical advice from a professional. I am simply sharing my journey.