Did you know that heart disease is THE leading cause of death in the United States? February is American Heart Month, dedicated to raising awareness about cardiovascular diseases (diseases of the heart). An estimated 92.1 million people in the United States have cardiovascular disease or the after effects of stroke!
What is heart disease and how can you prevent or manage it?
Heart disease is a condition in which the arteries in your body become narrow from a buildup of fat plaque overtime. The plaque thickens the artery walls, which results in reduced blood flow to the heart. This causes the heart to work harder to pump the blood throughout the body. Everyday activities such as walking can become strenuous and symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, and fatigue become common.
Many studies have linked poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyle, smoking and stress to increased risk for heart disease.
Here are 6 nutrition tips to reduce your risk for heart disease today. I’ve grouped them into 2 sections: foods to limit and foods to choose more often.
Limit saturated and trans fats
Limit simple sugars
Choose healthy fats
Choose fruits and vegetables more often
Choose whole grains
With these nutrition tips in mind I would recommend that you start small and work your way up. Make one small change to your current eating pattern, and once achieved add another small change. Remember small changes= big differences!
Welcome! I'm Rahaf, a Registered Dietitian with a mission to inspire you to Eat healthy, Enjoy Foods, and Empower you with practical nutrition advice for a happy nourished life.