The Latest Mikey Network News

Stress is an inevitable part of our every day lives – from trying to manage work, to trying to find time for family and yourself. It’s important to recognize and manage it because stress can significantly raise the risk of heart disease and stroke.

It’s so important to stay on top of healthy food options, especially for your heart but we can also understand that sometimes you might not have the time to cook a healthy meal. This is why according to Dr. David Friedman we have come up with 5 healthy sandwich options that are quick, easy, and delicious to make!

  1. Turkey Sandwich: Turkey contrains less fat and has an abundance of protein. Add some lettuce, mayo, cheese, and a few slices of tomato on delicious brown bread and you’re good to go!
  2. Tuna Sandwich: Tuna contains vitamin B-12 and B-6 which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, it also contains a high level of protein and fats.
  3. Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato (BLT): This sandwich is not only easy to make but contains a lot of nutrients, although, bacon contains a lot of sodium, try replacing it with Turkey bacon. This is a delicious treat to throw on some whole wheat brown bread!

Eating healthy on a regular basis is extremely important for good heart-health but overall, your health. Therefore, WebMD published a great article on 21 different types of food that are beneficial to your heart.

Fresh Herbs

Adding this to your food, instead of salt will not only add flavour but it will eliminate your salt and fat intake.

Black Beans

Beans have so many heart-healthy nutrients. Beans can lower blood pressure, and the fiber in them can help control cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Salmon: Super Food

Salmon is a super-food that is rich in omega-3s. Omega 3’s are healthy fats that can lessen the risk of heart disorders.

Olive Oil

This oil is a healthy fat, which is rich in heart-healthy antioxidants, and they may protect your blood vessels.

Walnuts

A small handful of walnuts a day may lower your cholesterol and protect against inflammation.

Check out more at WebMD.

5 medication-free strategies to help prevent heart disease

Although genetics does play a part in your overall heart health, there are steps you can take to help lower the risk of heart disease. If you follow these 5 strategies you’ll be well on your way to a heart-healthy lifestyle.

1. Don’t smoke or use tobacco

Smoking or using tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease. Chemicals in tobacco can damage your heart and blood vessels, leading to narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Atherosclerosis can ultimately lead to a heart attack. When it comes to heart disease prevention, no amount of smoking is safe. Smokeless tobacco and low-tar and low-nicotine cigarettes also are risky, as is exposure to secondhand smoke.

2. Exercise for 30 minutes on most days of the week

Getting some regular, daily exercise can reduce your risk of fatal heart disease. And when you combine physical activity with other lifestyle measures, such as maintaining a healthy weight, the payoff is even greater.

3. Eat a heart-healthy diet

Eating a special diet called the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan can help protect your heart. Following the DASH diet means eating foods that are low in fat, cholesterol and salt. The diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products, which can help protect your heart. Beans, other low-fat sources of protein, and certain types of fish also can reduce your risk of heart disease.

Continue reading at www.mayoclinic.com for the rest of these 5 heart health tips.