Tips to Reduce Your Risk

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According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer in the United States of America
Tips to reduce your risk

Most Americans do not realize that taking preventative measures such as eating a healthy diet, managing stress levels and getting adequate physical activity can go a long way in reducing the risk of heart related diseases.

Here are five simple steps you can take to maintain a healthy heart:

• Eat diet rich in fruits and vegetables: The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Dietary Guidelines recently said adults should consume the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables every day to reduce the risk of heart disease.

• Exercise: Physical activity helps improve heart function, lower blood pressure and cholesterol and increase energy. The American Heart Association reported that 38.6 percent of US adults say they do not engage in leisure time physical activity. Adults should have at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity most days of the week.

• Add Fiber to Your Diet: Fiber offers many benefits heart health, including lowering the risk of coronary heart disease and blood cholesterol. Try to get the recommended amount of fiber (25-30 grams) in your daily diet.

• Consuming Omega-3: Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (EPA and DHA) helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system by maintaining the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the body. Sources of omega-3 fatty acids are good is seafood such as salmon, tuna, crab and shrimp.

• Supplement Your Diet: good supplement can serve as your seatbelt nutrition. Health professionals, including doctors, nutritionists and even the Food and Drug Association (FDA), agree that many diets in the United States do not have optimal levels of key nutrients antioxidants, sterols omega-3 and plant needed to keep the heart healthy and that adding a multivitamin or the daily diet can help fill nutritional gaps.