2011-01-27 / Local & State

Top Tips For Heart Health Month

It’s time to tend to matters of the heart, as February brings with it Valentine’s Day and Heart Health Month. It’s the perfect time for hearthealthy lifestyle choices that can help us enjoy longer lives with our loved ones.

Every 25 seconds somebody in America suffers from a coronary event, such as heart attacks or strokes. And heart disease has long been the leading cause of death in the nation.

It was this harsh reality that spurred the government to proclaim February “American Heart Month” in 1963.

Today, the good news, according to the Centers for Disease Control, is the chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced by preventing and controlling factors that put people at greater risk.

Get Moving: Start slow if you aren’t in great shape. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Take a walk daily and gradually increase your pace. Be sure to consult your doctor before starting exercise regimens.

Limit Fats: Fatty foods can be high in cholesterol and trans fats that can clog arteries and lead to heart disease. There are many smart food choices that can help.

Choose lean meats and poultry without skin. Eat less than 300 mg of cholesterol daily and reduce hydrogenated oils and trans fats. Opting for fruit instead of snack foods or candy is a great way to eat fewer fatty foods.

Embrace Antioxidants: Foods and drinks rich in antioxidants can combat cellular damage that can lead to heart disease. Apples, oranges, grapes and tea are some foods containing these nutrients. Red wine, in particular, has high concentrations of a super antioxidant called resveratrol that’s found in the skin of grapes. Resveratrol is a natural substance that has garnered headlines worldwide due to its heart health and life-span enhancing effects.

But due to the intoxica- tion effects and calories, drinking too much red wine can be harmful. That’s why many are using supplements or drinks fortified with resveratrol. One beverage garnering attention is Modjo forLIFE, a drink loaded with vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and five times the amount of resveratrol found in a liter of red wine. It was crafted based on research from Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic, according to the beverage’s creator, Victor H. Diaz, who founded Cellutions, an innovator in health supplements.

More Fiber, Less Salt: Vegetables, fruits and grains are great sources of fiber that may help lower risk of heart disease. Salt can be harmful, so eat less than 2,300 mg of sodium daily. If you have hypertension, are middle-aged or African American, consume less than 1,500 mg of sodium daily, according to the CDC.

For more tips on heart health, visit the CDC at www.cdc.gov. For information about beverages with resveratrol, visit www.modjolife.com. Modjo forLIFE is available nationwide at 7-Eleven, GNC and other specialty retailers.

“A few smart choices now can make a big difference. With this in mind, eating foods rich in antioxidants and drinking beverages with resveratrol can help trigger your natural defenses,” says Diaz.

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