Today is Blog Your Heart Out Day, a day to spread awareness about heart disease and heart health. Sahar at Fat Fighter TV was the one who alerted me to this a few days ago – as she said, heart disease is the number one killer among women. Clearly we need to do something about this.
Since Sahar e-mailed me, I’ve found heart-related articles and tidbits of information popping up all over the place, which I’d like to share with you:
First, I found an article which suggests that getting a good sleep can protect your heart. So go to bed early tonight! Turn off the computer (after tweeting #blogyourheartout ;)) and get comfy under a blanket.
Second, I received the January/February issue of Nutrition Action Newsletter in the mail, and it has some great heart health info, including:
– “…in a U.S. study of 37,000 men and 72,000 women, those who ate at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day had a 28 per cent lower risk of heart attacks and strokes than those who averaged only 1 1/2 servings a day.” (page 8 )
– In another U.S. study, researchers discovered that “Those who reported consuming the most magnesium… had a 34 per cent lower risk of sudden cardiac death than those who consumed the least… This study doesn’t prove that magnesium can prevent sudden cardiac death. But it can’t hurt to eat more leafy greens, beans, whole grains, nuts, and other magnesium-rich foods.” (page 9)
There you have it! Make use of the recommendations above to reduce your risk of heart disease. And be sure to wear red today – or all weekend – or even all month – to help to spread awareness so that your loved ones can also learn how to prevent heart disease. What are you doing to protect your heart?