Smart Ways To Intercept Unhealthy Heart Habits


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Most of us have good intentions about health, but getting down to real choices can be tricky as we run through daily hoops at home and work, and blow off steam on the weekends.

Harvard Health says heart disease has 5 major triggers. Smoking, being inactive, being overweight, eating poorly and drinking too much alcohol can impact your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar readings, opening the door to heart attack and stroke. These habits can also damage kidneys, bones and the brain.

Start Fighting Back Now

Avoid Tobacco

Smoke from cigarettes, cigars, and pipes can damage the heart and arteries as well as the lungs. Secondhand smoke is also toxic. Avoid it whenever possible.

Start Moving More

Exercise and physical activity can be magic bullets. Any daily activity will help. Try to do 30 minutes of exercise every day.

Go For A Healthy Weight

Carrying extra pounds, especially around the belly, strains the heart and tips you toward diabetes. Losing just five to ten percent of your weight lower blood pressure and blood sugar readings.

Shake Up Your Diet

Add fruits and vegetables, whole grains, unsaturated fat, good protein (from beans, nuts, fish, and poultry), and herbs and spices. Start subtracting processed foods. Reduce salt, rapidly digested carbohydrates, such as white bread, white rice, and potatoes, red meat, soda and other sugary drinks.

Only Drink In Moderation

If you drink alcohol, hold it to one to two drinks a day for men, no more than one a day for women.
Experts say small changes in diet, exercise and weight can make a big difference in health. Set up some simple weekly goals to get started. As you get rolling, seeing your local chiropractor can be one more step to wellness.

Visiting Your Chiropractor

Chiropractors have a patient-centered, whole-person approach. They believe wellness and routine chiropractic care should be as basic to our lives as healthy diets and daily exercise.

They offer the purest form of chiropractic care, providing full spinal adjustments using the diversified technique to check for subluxations, which are misalignments of the spine.

Subluxations are misalignments of one or more vertebrae in the spine and/or joints. When the misalignment is corrected it may have far reaching effects on back, neck and sciatica pain. It may also help with allergies, TMJ, arthritis, headaches and migraines.

As a wellness clinic, the chiropractic focus is on daily stresses, aches and pain without using medications or surgery.

If this direct focus on chiropractic wellness sounds just as great to you as it does to majority of the people in the U.S., make an appointment and find out more.

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