February is National Heart Health month, so it’s a perfect time to talk about one of the world’s greatest killers. Each year, heart disease kills about 610,000 Americans and causes more deaths than all cancers combined.
Because the American diet is so disastrous for your health, the odds are that you yourself are already on the path to heart disease. In fact, 47% of all Americans have one of the three big heart disease risk factors: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or smoking.
Fortunately, the path to heart disease isn’t engraved in stone. For those looking to take control of their heart health, we have some guidelines below.
1. Quit Smoking
Smoking is the single most important thing you can do to decrease your heart disease risk. According to several studies, smokers are four times as likely to contract the disease, which means they're four times as likely to have a stroke or a heart attack. If you've had issues quitting in the past, consider trying our Anti-smoking formula. It’s been used by many ex-smokers who’s found great results.
2. Remove Salt from Your House
Salt is a subtle beast that increases blood pressure and damages your cardiovascular system. The worse yet, it is in everything we eat from Starbucks Frappuccinos to Macaroni and Cheese. In light of this, we recommend you remove salt from your house. No more “when it rains it pours” malarkey. Those days need to be over. Now.
It might feel drastic to eliminate salt from your kitchen, but it’s not. Sodium will turn up anywhere because it’s used in everything.
3. Move for 30 Minutes
As this famous Youtube video reminds us, getting up out of your seat for 30 minutes a day can transform your health. Exercising helps improve all your body's systems — and should absolutely be mandatory thing in everyone’s daily life. The longer and harder you exercise, the better it is for your health. At the very least, you should be walking for 30 minutes a day.
Getting a Fitbit or other fitness trackers can help motivate you to move a little bit more. We challenge you to find your own system and stick with it. Your life depends on it.
4. Eat the Rainbow
Fruits and vegetables are cardio-protective foods, full of antioxidants. Antioxidants are natural substances that help prevent and delay damage to cells. Consuming an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables helps repair damage to the cardiovascular system caused by high blood pressure, high blood glucose, and high cholesterol. Try eating a variety of colors every day, with every meal. Eating green alone can do wonders.