Secrets to Taking Care of Your Heart (Part 1)
February is the month of love. Along with this time of passion, we are reminded to care for our loved ones. But aside from the well-being of our beloved family members and friends, we also need to prioritize our own health. After all, you cannot give what you do not have, right?
To celebrate this month, Community Connection Home Health, quality provider of Health Care in Desoto, TX, is going to tell all you love birds out there 10 secrets to caring for your heart. After all, our heart is the reason why we are still living and loving.
- Yearly Checkups
The health of your heart can be managed, and what better way to do it than to consult the experts. We suggest that you go and get your heart checked annually. You can pick the date out. You can choose going to the doctor’s on your birthday as a reward for yourself, or you can also opt for this month of love as a reminder of how much you love yourself, as well as your loved ones.
Your yearly checkups should consist of checking the following:
- Blood pressure
- Glucose levels
Aside from that, ask your attending physician on what you need to do in order to reach or preserve a healthy weight. Do not take your doctor’s recommendation lightly. Follow his or her instructions, especially when the professional prescribes you some medication.
Move your body! Our bodies are engineered for us to move, not become a couch potato for the rest of our lives. But is exercising difficult to maintain? And would it not be a sacrifice on one’s finances?
Actually, you do not have to spend in order to move your body. You can simply get physical. Step, or jog in a particular place while you are taking a break or watching a TV show. At least 15 minutes will do.
Add 5 minutes to your physical activity each week. The goal is to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity in most days of your week.
If you have invested your time and resources to exercise and diet but still cannot see results, there is still hope for that. You can ask your physician about taking in medications that will aid you in your goal.
Water is significant. Without water, life as we know it will never be possible. In caring for your body, you need water to keep yourself hydrated no matter where you are.
So before you leave home, make sure you bring a bottle of water every day. Not only will it help you stay hydrated, it will also help you gain your desired muscles. Since water bottles have weight, it would be easier for you to strengthen your arms.
- Healthy foods
It does not come as a surprise for you since we all know that unhealthy snacks can be harmful to your heart and your overall well-being. Instead of buying junk food, fill your shopping carts up with fruits and vegetables.
Need a snack for you and your pals to munch on while watching your favorite TV show? Munch on a baby carrot. Do you need snacks for school or work? Pack some berries and partner it with water. You will be surprised how your body will become accustomed to eating these healthy snacks.
- Cholesterol levels
When you eat food that are high in cholesterol, your body can be at risk. Once you have high blood cholesterol, you are bound to be diagnosed with a heart disease.
In order to help manage your cholesterol levels, we suggest eating food that are low on saturated fats and trans fats. Examples of which are:
- Lean meat
Eat chicken or turkey. Have them roasted or baked with their skin removed
- Fruits and vegetables
Shop around your local supermarket and load yourself with apples, bananas, lettuces, broccolis, tomatoes, and many more
- Low-fat or fat-free dairy produce
Examples are yogurt, milk, and cheese. Be sure to check the labels
- Whole grains
- Lean meat