Help Ensure Yourself a Heart Healthy Summer

August 12, 2015 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Protect your heart by eating healthy seasonal foods, staying hydrated, and dressing properly.

Eating Healthy

  •  Fish and chicken breast are healthier alternatives to red meat, but if you are buying red meat, try to get “loin” or “round” cuts since they have less fat.
  • Take advantage of summer seasonal foods by serving up a salad or side dishes filled with raw fruits and veggies.
  • Grilled fruits (like pineapples and peaches) and smoothies are healthier alternatives to commercially baked desserts.
  • Use whole-grain breads and low-fat cheeses, and reduce sodium by leaving off that extra shake of salt.

 Staying Hydrated

Staying hydrated helps your heart pump blood more easily through the vessels to the muscles. Being well hydrated means your heart doesn’t have to work as hard.

  •  Always drink water before you go out in the sun so your heart isn’t straining itself to catch up.
  • Drinking water after a workout is extremely important too, and there are many different ways to re-hydrate your body. Water also can be found in fruits and vegetables.
  • Sports drinks can also be beneficial for those doing vigorous exercise since they contain electrolytes, however they are usually high in sugars and calories.
  • Not sweating during vigorous physical activity can be a sign that you’re dehydrated and in danger of developing heat exhaustion.

Source: American Heart Association

Entry filed under: Managing your health, To Your Health.

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