So what can we do to keep our heart strong, healthy, and pumping? I have 4 Heart Health Hints to get your blood flowing (and keep it that way!)
#1: Normalize Your Omega 3: Omega 6 Ratio
Both omega-3 and omega-6 fats are essential for your health. But, as in all things, balance is key.
Most Americans get too much omega-6 in their diets. Omega-6 essential fatty acids are found in corn, soy, canola, safflower and sunflower oils. Any this list is found in anything processed, packaged or fried. Because there is no shortage of these oils in the average diet, you should make an effort to limit your intake of products that boast these ingredients in construct or preparation.
On the flip side, most Americans do not consume enough Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Omega-3s are present in flaxseed, some nuts, and fish. Because it is often difficult get enough Omega-3 in your general diet, taking a high quality fish oil supplement is a great option that many people choose. (It is important to know the quality and type of fish that your fish oil is made from. Consult your trusted health care practitioner if you are unsure of where to find the right supplement for you and your family).
Consuming omega-3 fats is one of the best ways to re-sensitize your insulin receptors, which will help to keep your insulin levels under control and, in turn, your blood pressure.
Check in later to read more about ways to keep your heart going strong!
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