February seems to be all about hearts, between Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month. Read on to find out more about how to take care of your heart health so you can live the fullest life possible.
Why Heart Health Matters
Your heart is the most important muscle in your body, and it makes it possible for basically every other body function to happen. If your heart isn’t in good shape, the rest of you won’t be either. But the good news is you can make improvements in your heart health with a few strategies.
How to Improve Your Heart Health
Just like any other muscle in your body, you can help it heal and grow with the right combination of nutrients, exercise and rest. Here’s a five-prong strategy for taking control of your heart health.
#1: Assess Your Heart Health
First things first, talk to your doctor and find out what sort of shape your heart (and the rest of you) is in. Without knowing where you are, you can’t find your starting point, so it’s important to get a realistic picture of the current state of your heart health.
#2: Add Daily Exercise
The benefits of exercise have been proven time and again, but you don’t have to become a marathon runner to get them. Take a look at your baseline, and take up your activity level one small step at a time (with the advice of your health team).
For example, if you’re completely sedentary, start walking for 10 to 15 minutes three times a week. Already walking 30-45 minutes three times a week? Go for the gold by adding another enjoyable activity, like yoga or even a group class like Zumba.
#3: Add Healthy Variety to Your Diet
Your heart needs vitamins and minerals from a well-rounded diet to function at its best. A diet full of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains is ideal. If you’re not there yet though, again, start small. Add a serving of vegetables to every meal. Switch from refined grains to whole grains. Think of it as a new adventure — a journey to find new foods you might love!
#4: Cut Back on Activities Detrimental to Heart Health
Smoking is a No. 1 risk factor for heart problems, so if you’re a smoker, take steps to quit or to at least cut back. (Just like everything else, we’re all for baby steps here when cold turkey isn’t an option.) You’ll also want to keep an eye on your intake of high cholesterol foods, sugar and alcohol, as these items can have an affect on your heart health. A sedentary lifestyle is also a high risk factor for heart problems, so make sure you’re making an effort to walk around for a few minutes every hour.
#5: Take Care of Other Health Conditions
If you take medications to manage other conditions, whether it’s a chronic illness, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or something else, make sure you’re taking them as directed by your doctor.
More Resources for Heart Health
IV Treatment for Chronic Illness at IVX Health
If IV infusions are a part of your health plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at IVX Health. IVX Health makes it possible for you to get your treatment and engage in self-care with a spa-like environment and the comforts of home at any of our offices. You can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date! It’s the right care at the right place to get both your physical and emotional health back on track.
We’re invested in helping you live your best life, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations. If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.