5 Heart Healthy Tips for Heart Healthy Month
by Lacy Ngo MS, RDN – February 24, 2021
February is American Heart Month and the perfect opportunity to learn how to keep your heart healthy. Heart-healthy eating is, according to the CDC, one part of managing your heart’s health.
Here are 5 simple tips to help you build your heart-healthy habits:
- Practice mindful eating to help with portion control and stress. Eat slowly. Put your fork down in between bites and focus on the flavor in every bite. Wait until you have swallowed and taken a sip of your beverage before picking up your fork and preparing the next bite.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with heart-healthy antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
- Eat whole grains. Whole grains are rich in B vitamins and fiber. Fiber is good for the heart and helps you feel full for longer!
- Limit foods that increase your risk of developing heart disease, like foods with high sugar content, ultra-processed foods, and fried foods.Floss. Flossing helps prevent periodontitis which is the inflammation of the tissue around the teeth. Some research suggests that periodontitis can increase your risk of heart disease.