9 Heart-Healthy Choices for a New You
Welcome to this web story about heart-healthy choices.
Eat more fruits and vegetables
They are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins that can lower blood pressure and inflammation.
Choose whole grains over refined grains
They have more nutrients and can help lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Use plant oils instead of tropical oils
Plant oils, such as olive oil, contain unsaturated fats that can improve blood vessel function and lower triglycerides.
Eat healthy proteins, such as from plants, seafood, or lean meats
They can provide essential amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids that can protect your heart.
Minimize added sugars and salt
They can increase your risk of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, which are all risk factors for heart disease.
Alcohol can raise your blood pressure and damage your heart muscle. If you drink, do so in moderation.
Choose minimally processed foods
They have fewer additives and preservatives that can harm your health. Read the labels and avoid trans fats, artificial colors, and flavors.
Maintain a healthy body weight
Being overweight or obese can put extra strain on your heart and increase your risk of heart disease.
Be physically active on a regular basis
Physical activity can strengthen your heart, lower your blood pressure, and improve your mood.
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