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February Is Healthy Heart Month

Tips to help you on your way to a healthier heart:

  1. Stop smoking. Smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol all create an inflammatory response that then damages blood vessels. Smoking is one of the top controllable risk factors for heart disease; stopping will make a huge difference in one’s health.
  2. Focus on the middle. Carrying too much weight around the stomach raises blood pressure, insulin resistance, high triglycerides and low HDL.
  3. Declare a trans-fat free zone. Trans fats pack a double whammy; they raise bad cholesterol (LDL), while lowering good, protective HDL.
  4. Drink pomegranate juice. Pomegranate juice not only seems to prevent hardening of the arteries by reducing blood vessel damage, but may also reverse the progression of plaque build up.
  5. Let the music move you. Dancing raises your heart rate, burns calories and it’s fun!
  6. Hawthorn increases blood flow and lowers high blood pressure. Other heart-healthy herbs include: barberry, black cohosh, butchers broom, cayenne, dandelion, ginseng and valerian.
  7. Laugh out loud! Whatever gets you chuckling is good for your heart! laughter helps relieve stress and promotes healthy function of blood vessels.
  8. Raise a glass. Moderate consumption of alcohol can raise your HDL (good cholesterol) levels, reduce blood clot formation and help prevent artery damage. Moderation is the key!
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