It’s American Heart Month!

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Celebrate American Heart Month and keep your heart strong!

Your heart is one of the strongest muscle in your body. It pumps constantly keeping you healthy and active, but heart disease is a rising issue in the U.S. Lethal strokes and heart attacks have become the number one killer in the U.S.! American Heart Month is looking to change that. As an initiative to reduce heart disease nationwide, American Heart Month is raising awareness about heart health. During it, make sure to keep your heart healthy with these tips.

Watch what you eat.

Pay attention to what you’re putting in your body. Your body metabolizes everything you eat. If you’re eating fattening foods that are high in cholesterol, you likely will have heart issues. Add more fruits and veggies to your diet and be sure to reduce your sodium intake. Diets high in sodium tend to increase your blood pressure which increases your risk of heart attack and/or stroke.

Exercise more.

Get moving to strengthen your heart. The CDC recommends that the average adult exercises for at least thirty minutes, at least five days per week. Even if it’s just a short walk during your lunch break, make sure that you get moving!

Limit your alcohol consumption.

Reducing the amount of alcohol you drink can help your heart. You don’t have to give it up altogether. The CDC recommends a one drink maximum per day for women and a two drink maximum per day for men.

Quit smoking.

Smoking leads to all sorts of health problems, including an increased risk of blood clots. Try to quit to help your health.

Go for a check up.

Even if you think you’re pretty healthy, it’s a good idea to see a doctor to ensure that you’re in perfect health. Annual visits may help catch something before it becomes an issue.

Keep your heart healthy and stay active! Look for a home on the Westside or in Conejo Valley near fabulous hiking trails. For help finding your dream home in the area, contact me, Mary Fealkoff. Located in Southern California, The Fealkoff Team serves both the Conejo Valley and Westside of Los Angeles for all your real estate needs.