Fact: Heart disease is the number one threat to women’s health, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. Researchers have found that more than 40% of women over the age of 20 are living with some form of cardiovascular disease.
Think it’s just a problem for little old ladies? Guess again. Experts say that fewer than 50% of women entering pregnancy have good heart health.
Bottom line: No matter your age or stage of life, you need to take care of your heart! Here’s how.
1. Visit your doc. It’s likely not on your list of favorite things to do, but it’s important to get regular check ups even if you feel healthy and strong. Having your blood pressure and cholesterol checked, as well as being screened for diabetes, may help catch any emerging conditions.
2. Say yes to fiber. A diet rich in fiber may reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Soluble fiber, found in oats, beans and yes, our Regular Girl Original Prebiotic Fiber and Probiotic Blend, helps lower blood cholesterol levels.
3. Watch your middle. Being overweight increases your heart disease risk. If you carry those pounds around your waist, your risk increases. Thankfully, experts say those “love handles” may be the easiest to lose. Here are some hot tips on stopping those cravings.
4. Keep moving. Exercise helps reduce your blood pressure, keeps your weight down and helps you manage your cholesterol. Aim for at least 30 minutes each and every day, and more if you are at above-average risk or need to drop a few pounds.
5. Shake the salt habit. Eating too much salt may raise your blood pressure. Sprinkly sparingly or not all, and limit your consumption of packaged foods which tend to be loaded with sodium. Pay extra attention to your blood pressure as you age. After age 55, women are more likely to develop high blood pressure than men.
6. Embrace mindfulness. Chronic stress may also increase your risk for heart disease. Make “me time” a priority and get plenty of restful sleep to recharge. Regular Girl Restore contains scientifically studied ingredients to help you stay in balance.