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Heart Health - be good to your heart so it can be good for you 

"It's Heart Health month and it's so important to keep our heart in shape since heart disease is the number one killer of women and men. 

The number one way to a healthy heart is, of course, exercise.  We need to exercise DAILY.  I think that daily aerobic exercise for even 15 minutes is ideal because it's not too long of a time, it's every day and we can afford to get our heart rate up for 15 minutes a day.  Plus when we do something everyday we make a habit of it a lot faster.  

Diet is also key.  Eat lots of berries as they are great for our blood vessels and have antioxidant effects too.  Hawthorne berry is specific for the heart. 

Cholesterol is important but what is more important is the ratio between HDL and LDL and the ratio between Cholesterol and HDL.  These ratios give us a more precise look at your heart risk than just cholesterol itself.   HDL is good cholesterol and LDL is the bad cholesterol.  Exercise raises HDL!!  

Get some good sleep.  Getting good quality sleep keeps your blood pressure low and your stress levels down and therefore decreases your risk for heart attack and stroke.  

Start with those and your on your way to better heart health." 

 
 

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