Cardiovascular health doesn’t actually ask that much of us. Unfortunately, because the typical lifestyle doesn’t work most of those habits into the average day, our heart health is suffering. This is a trend that is increasingly spreading its way across the world, but the problem is greater in some countries than others.
Moreover, the problem is worsening as the situation is worse now than it was a decade ago. The good news is that many types of cardiovascular disease can be prevented by making the right changes in our lives. These changes aren’t all that revolutionary, and the odds are that most of us know we should be doing them. The key is to start doing them sooner rather than later, as many cardiovascular diseases are the result of cumulative damage from our bad habits.
Our lifestyle is a top factor helping to determine how healthy our hearts will be. Therefore, it’s a matter of adopting these improvements to our nutrition, activity levels and other components of our lifestyle.
Among the changes we can make, some of the easiest for most of us to incorporate into our lives without shaking things up too much are the following:
- Cut down on sugary beverages. This includes pop (regardless of whether it’s regular or diet), sugary drinks or fruit juices. Replace them with water flavored with a squeeze of citrus juice or a slice of cucumber. If you drink a lot of sugary drinks every day, start by cutting back on just one in favor of water. You can cut back gradually over time.
- Cut down on sweet treats. This includes just about anything that contains added sugar, such as candy, chocolate, cakes, cookies, muffins, and even granola bars (read the nutrition label!). The gradual technique might help with this, as well, if you usually have a lot of these foods in your daily diet. Try to replace these options with fresh fruit. That way, you still get to enjoy something sweet, but will give yourself lots of nutrients at the same time.
- Eat more veggies. Boost the size of your veggie portion on your plate gradually until it takes up half your plate. Remember to eat your veggies first. That will not only improve your digestion and reduce bloat, but it will also mean that you’ll fill up on veggies first, then your protein and grains. If you get full, at least you won’t be leaving your veggies behind.
Talk with your doctor about also including a supplement created to help you build these healthier habits, such as a weight management pill.