Of course, we could all take steps to be healthier, but we're doomed to fail if we make those changes too drastic.
These five simple changes to your routine will contribute to a healthier heart, without any additional stress.
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Don't skip your morning coffee
A takeaway coffee everyday is a bit of an indulgence (stick to skimmed milk please!) but it's loaded with antioxidants that can help to reduce inflammation in the body. This type of inflammation is a risk factor for heart disease in later life, so one or two cups of the brown stuff everyday isn't a bad idea. Just remember to steer clear of the sugar and caramel syrup.
Grate some beetroot into your salad
Next time you make a healthy salad (which means you're already on to a winner) grate some beetroot over the top. Researchers from the London School of Medicine believe that beetroot juice can drastically reduce high blood pressure, making it a secret weapon against heart disease and stroke.
Cut back on salt
The average Brit eats about 9.5g of salt per day, but the Government wants us to cut this down to 6g. High levels of salt can make your blood sugar sky rocket, increasing your changes of cardio conditions.
To work out the 'real' salt content in your food, the experts recommend multiplying the sodium content on the packet by 2.5.
Yellow, orange and red fruit and veg
Eating certain foods can reduce your risk of heart disease because of high levels of antioxidant beta-carotene (which is also shown to minimize your risk of developing breast cancer). Butternut squash, cranberries, peppers and carrots are great sources, but flax seeds, walnuts, oily fish and avocados are also great additions to any health-conscious diet.
Look after your teeth
Forgetting to brush your teeth or floss properly has been linked to heart disease in some recent scientific studies. Chronic inflammation in the lining of the gums is thought to start a chain reaction of chronic inflammation throughout the body, with little bursts of bacteria slowly seeping into your blood stream. Eeeww gross!
Toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, twice a day. Not so tricky but really good for you.
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