Pink, red, candy, chocolate — hearts are everywhere today! And on top of it being Valentine’s Day, February is American Heart Month. So in this month’s Eat*Move*Mind post, we’re going to tackle how to prevent heart failure. Read on for tips on how to keep your heart healthy.
What to Eat to Avoid Heart Failure
Like many health conditions, diet is a big part of the plan in preventing heart failure. One of the most important steps in preventing heart failure is avoiding obesity, so the first step you can take to make your diet heart-healthy is to get your portion size in control. Use a website like myfitnesspal.com or calorieking.com to learn about serving sizes and to calculate how much you’re eating, and consider investing in a digital food scale for use when you’re cooking at home.
In addition to eating a balanced diet full of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins, a diet low in fat has been shown to help prevent and even reverse heart disease. The fats you do eat should be healthy fats; avoid trans fats and limit saturated fats. You can also consider supplementing with a solid multivitamin, calcium, vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids.
How to Move to Prevent Heart Failure
A sedentary lifestyle is one of the top risk factors for heart disease, so making regular exercise a priority is extremely important. Aerobic exercise is especially beneficial when it comes to heart health.
The key is to find an activity you like and will do regularly, and it’s OK if that means you choose a variety of activities so you don’t get bored. Whether you choose a cross-training program, running or jogging, cycling or even Zumba or water aerobics, just getting out and moving for 20 to 30 minutes a day at least three to four times a week can make a huge difference in your heart’s health.
How to Mend Your Mind to Prevent Heart Failure
When it comes to heart health, one of the best things you can do with your mind is meditation. Many studies have shown that regularly practicing meditation can significantly reduce high blood pressure over time, and one of the immediate effects is a lower heart rate.
Meditation can seem intimidating, but it’s really not difficult to learn and turn into a habit. You can learn more about how to incorporate meditation into your life by reading this ZenHabits primer on meditation.
Treating Heart Failure at IVX Health
One of the conditions we treat at IVX Health is heart failure, so we’re invested in the heart health of all of our patients. If your doctor has prescribed IV therapy to treat congestive heart failure, know that you have options for when and where to receive your treatment.
We do IV treatment differently at IVX Health by offering infusions in a spa-like environment at a time that works for you — including evenings and weekends. We believe feeling better should start when you walk in the door for your treatment, and we would love to show you how you can make IV therapy a convenient and enjoyable part of your life.
Give us a call at our Lee’s Summit office at 816-272-0174 or our Overland Park office at 913-948-2020, and start your journey to a healthier, more fulfilling life today!