In February, why not refocus your attention on your heart and give it all the love it deserves. Especially since it loves you daily by pumping blood and oxygen throughout your body. Show your heart some love by following these simple steps:
- Eat less sodium – most Americans consume too much sodium; most of which comes from processed and restaurant foods. Current dietary guidelines recommend that adults consume no more than 2,300mg of sodium daily. However, if you’re in a high risk population: African-American, have diabetes or high blood pressure, the daily recommended amount is 1,500mg. Try buying foods lower in sodium (less than 700mg). Add low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth to rice or vegetables instead of salt.
- Go for low-fat and low-sodium on the menu – when dining out, order foods that are lower in sodium and fat. Many restaurants are serving healthier-alternative meals to its patrons. You can still eat healthy while eating out. Check-out this online resource for finding healthy restaurant and fast foods: Healthy Dining Finder.
- Add plenty of heart healthy foods to your diet– you’re sure to find some foods you and your family will enjoy from the following resources: