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5 Ways to Protect Women from Heart Disease, Our Nation’s #1 killer

gratitude and loveDid you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined? Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.

Shocking to most and devastating to all.

Because of this, the American Heart Association (AHA) paints February Red for Heart Month and launches their “Go Red for Women” campaign in effort to gain more needed research, prevention and treatment for heart disease and stroke in women.

Your genes however do not decide your fate entirely, YOU do! Here are some heart disease prevention tips that can put you on the road to overall healthy living:

1. Sweat once a day

Schedule your time to sweat, or it just won’t happen. Ladies, schedule the way you do your hair appointment, and do this daily. Make the time, put it on your calendar, be on time and be excited at the possibilities for improvement. Need a quick heart-pumping workout? Do this gem:

2. Multitask less and never in relationships

When you find the joy in your every day routine, you will be happier, less overwhelmed and less prone to stress-induced heart disease.  Research shows us that even the simplest, most mundane activity can become joyous if you give it your full attention.

3. Reduce the portion size, not the flavor

Balancing your calories in with energy out is a cornerstone to keeping your heart healthier, and one great way to do that is to eat smaller portions. How that translates can be pretty simple: you could DIY by measuring out snacks rather than eating them straight from the bag or box or look for pre-portioned smaller serving sizes like the Coca-Cola mini cans. In moderation, all foods and beverages can be part of the equation.

4. Eat more plants

The more vibrant the color or the darker the green, generally the more nutritious the vegetable is. Eat more kale, swiss chard, collard greens, brussels sprouts, broccoli and snap peas. These types of vegetables prevent plaque from binding to the blood vessels much like a silicon vest and thus prevent the process of heart disease to even begin. To savor swiss chard, try this delicious recipe:

5. Live with an attitude of gratitude

Wake up with gratitude. Perform the 5-finger gratitude exercise by counting on one hand 5 things for which you are grateful. See how this transforms your day, reduces your stress and allows your heart to function optimally.

There is no better time than the present to take charge of your health.

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