Ruth will be be delivering her delicious baked goods every Tuesday and Friday afternoons through the winter. If you need a special order, she can be reached at 651-301-1095. Please plan ahead and allow plenty of time for your orders!
With Valentine’s Day this month, many view February as the month of love, but it is also American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans, taking the lives of 2,200 people each day.While genetic factors do play a part in cardiovascular disease, the good news is 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be preventable with education and action. Simple lifestyle changes can make a big impact when it comes to heart health.
Show your heart some love with these 10 tips:
1. Stop smoking
Quitting smoking is the best thing that can be done for the heart and for overall health. Smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death in the United States.
2. Know your numbers
Maintaining a healthy weight, blood pressure and cholesterol play a significant role in maintaining a healthy heart.
3. Screen for diabetes
Untreated diabetes can lead to heart disease, among many other complications. Diabetes can be easily detected through a simple blood test and managed in a variety of ways.
4. Get active
Heart pumping physical activity not only helps to prevent cardiovascular disease but can also improve overall mental and physical health. It is important to remember that something is always better than nothing.
5. Build some muscle
Strength training compliments cardiovascular exercise by toning muscles and burning fat.
6. Eat smart
A healthy diet full of heart-smart foods is essential to a healthy heart and lifestyle.
7. Limit junk
To reap the full benefits of a heart-healthy diet, it’s important to limit intake of nutrient-poor junk foods. Added sugars, saturated fat and excessive sodium can all negatively impact heart health, as well as overall physical health.
8. Stress less
Stress increases cortisol, which leads to weight gain, a key risk factor for heart disease. Stress can lead to other unhealthy habits, making it harder to stick to a heart-healthy program.
9. Sleep more
Sleeping restores the body, helps decrease stress and increases overall happiness. To reap the full benefits, clocking seven hours each night is key. A calming bedtime routine and going to bed and waking at the same time each day are all great ways to establish healthy sleep patterns.
A happy heart is a healthy heart. Making time for enjoyable activities helps relieve stress and improves the overall mood, providing a foundation for a heart-healthy lifestyle.