#RelationshipGoals: Show your heart some love

Two people run along a beach. Exercise is good for your heart health

February is a time when matters of the heart are top of mind. But before you give your heart to someone else, you might want to make sure it’s healthy.

Maybe that’s why February was designated Heart Health Month. Regardless, it’s the perfect time to think about giving your ticker a little extra love.

While you might think you’re too young to have to worry about keeping your cardiovascular system healthy, research shows it is never too early to protect your heart.

The health problems that can lead to heart disease—high blood pressure and high cholesterol—are being seen in young adults more frequently, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The good news is that lifestyle choices, including your diet, can put you on the path to protecting your heart. Here are some simple tips!

A woman wearing workout gear participates in an exercise class. Moving more is good for your heart health.

Move more

At least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical exercise is recommended to keep your heart healthy. But you don’t have to take up long-distance running to make a difference. Simply going for a daily walk at a brisk pace will help protect your heart, too.

Stop smoking

Smoking damages blood vessels, which can lead to heart disease. More than 37 million adults in the United States are cigarette smokers, according to federal statistics, which also show thousands of teens start lighting up each day.

A man sprinkles spinach into an Amway iCook frying pan. Fruits and vegetables are good for your heart health.

Get your fruits and vegetables

The World Health Organization recommends adults consume five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Research shows most adults fall far short of this goal.

A good rule of thumb is to ensure half your plate is filled with them at each meal. Fruits and vegetables are a rich source of antioxidants, which help your body fight excess free radicals—cell-damaging substances generated in our bodies and caused by many of life’s everyday activities.

Salmon steaks sit on a cutting board. They are a great source of  omega-3 fatty acids, which is good for heart health.

Seek out omega-3s

Omega-3s are important for supporting healthy blood flow and helping support already-normal blood pressure. They occur naturally in fatty fish like salmon and sardines, and in many seeds and nuts.

Smart swaps

Eating foods with a lot of sugar, salt and saturated fat can increase your risk for heart disease. Reduce the amount of those in your diet with simple substitutions. A tablespoon of fresh-chopped herbs or a few pinches of spice can add great flavor and eliminate the need for heavy sauces, dressings or gravies.

Fill in the gaps

It’s one thing to know what to eat to support your heart, but it’s another to fit those diet changes into your busy lifestyle.

A quick and easy way to jumpstart your heart health efforts is by adding a supplement to your daily routine.

Bottles of Nutrilite Garlic Heart Care, Nutrilite Cholesterol Health, Nutrilite Heart Health CoQ10 and Nutrilite Heart Heath Omega.

There are several Nutrilite™ products formulated to support heart function:

When it comes to keeping your heart in shape, a little effort can make a big difference. Find the one that’s right for you.

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