Love you – love your heart

Every day our hearts beat on average 60 times per minute – that’s 86,400 beats per day, nearly 32 million beats per year.  Looking after your heart is an important part of looking after your wider health.  Heart disease causes nearly half of all deaths across Europe.

This infographic from the European Society of Cardiology is a great reminder of the key ways to make sure you don’t become one of the statistics – there are just 3 top tips to remember:

1. Don’t smoke – you know this and you know why, we don’t have to say any more

2. Eat more fruit and vegetables – the benefits come from the dietary fibre helping blood sugar balance, antioxidants protecting against damage, and vitamins and minerals giving your body the tools and raw ingredients it needs to function effectively

3. Move it – your heart is a muscle, and many of your major blood vessels contain muscular tissue, so like any other muscle in your body you need to train your cardiovascular system to keep it fighting fit.  Any level of activity that increases your heart rate gets those muscles working and that will help to tone and strengthen them

Eating a healthy diet is one of the most important ways of reducing your risk of heart disease.  That means avoiding salt, getting plenty of nuts, fruit and vegetables and whole grains.  If you eat meat make it lean, and if you eat fish make it oily.  Getting plenty of protein in your diet, from animal or plant sources is also important.

If you want to make the healthy snacks delivered in the Nutribox part of your healthy diet click here 

  • Ann White
  • 10 Sep 2013

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