Today is World Heart Day. The first step to a healthy heart is keeping it happy.
World Heart Day is being celebrated on Sunday with the World Heart Federation theme: A life-course approach to the prevention and control of cardiovascular disease (CVD) with a focus on women and children. Sedentary lifestyle, obesity, use of tobacco, stress, unhealthy diet patterns and lack of exercise are major factors causing the disease.
A healthy lifestyle will make your heart healthier. Few things you can do to improve yours.
Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Add dried fruit to breakfast cereal, and add vegetables to your pasta sauces and curries.If you're feeling under pressure, clear your mind with a walk. It will help put your ideas in order and reduce tension. If it's a brisk walk, it will also count towards your daily activity.
To maintain a healthy blood pressure, stop using salt at the table and try adding less to your cooking, or cut it out completely. When shopping, look at the label on food packets to see what the product contains. Understanding what is in food will help you make healthier choices.