February is American Heart Month and at O2Living we understand the importance of taking care of not only your heart, but your entire body as well. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer in the United States and these numbers are continuing to grow.
The best way to begin prevention is at an early age because researches say that heart associated diseases can be a result from adolescence. Not only is living a health conscious lifestyle important, it is also imperative to educate yourself and those around you about risks and prevention.
Starting at a young age, we must become educated on the types of foods and fitness activities we partake in (this means long term, too). Modifying risk factors will help in the fight against cardiovascular diseases.
Paying close attention to your diet is a great way to start. Know you’re body and the types of foods it can handle and familiarize yourself with the vitamins and nutrients we need. For example, the Vitamin B family, which includes folic acid, is a great group of vitamins that are responsible for supporting the body in cleaning the blood of homocysteine (amino acid). Other prominent heart healthy vitamins include C and E, as these contain antioxidants to support in heart disease prevention.
Taking care of your body with proper diet and exercise can help push out toxins and store proper nutrients our bodies need. This is the first step towards a healthy heart and it’s not too late to start!
What have you done to be heart healthy? How are you being preventative to cardiovascular diseases?