February is National Heart Month, and as such, Always Best Care has pulled together some of the best foods and activities to help your heart stay healthy, so that you can live life and be happy at any age.
Here are a few ways you can maintain a healthy heart:
- Quit Smoking
- Go for Daily Walks
- Stay on Prescribed Medication to Lower Blood Pressure
- Eat a Healthy Diet
You can rely on your in-home care professional to help set reminders for you so that you stay on track and avoid behaviors that increase your risk for heart disease.
Eat the following foods, recommended by the American Heart Association:
- Blueberries – Blueberries may be small, but you’re getting big health benefits when you eat them. Blueberries have vitamin C, ellagic acid, anthocyanin, potassium, magnesium, fiber, and a whole list of other heart-healthy, smile-inducing benefits.
- Salmon – This beautiful pink fish is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been known to help reduce heart disease with a healthy diet and exercise. Omega-3’s help reduce the risk of abnormal heart rhythms, decrease triglycerides, help slow the growth of plaque in the heart and blood vessels, and can even help lower your blood pressure.
- Almonds – Much like salmon, almonds contain Omega-3 fatty acids. They also are chalked full of magnesium, fiber, vitamin E and heart-friendly fats.
By eating healthy and exercising, you have a much greater chance of avoiding heart disease. Your non-medical caregiver from Always Best Care can help you live healthier, too, by driving you to the grocery store to pick up the items mentioned above, or by walking with you around your neighborhood to get exercise. It’s never too late to start heart-healthy habits, and Always Best Care is here to help any way that we can!