Have you made it your mission to get your heart health in check this year? Recognising that you need to pay more attention to your health and well-being is the very first step towards a healthier new you. To help you even further along your way, we’ve put together some of our top tips for a healthy heart.
Our top 5 tips for heart health
1. Get some exercise
Did you know that the NHS recommends we do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week? Not only is getting more active a great way to stay in shape physically, it’s also beneficial for your cholesterol levels - it helps lower your LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol whilst raising your HDL ‘good’ cholesterol levels. So whether your sport of choice is cycling, swimming or even a brisk walk, do your heart a favour by spending the recommended 21 minutes per day doing that activity.
2. Find your healthy weight
Being overweight significantly increases your risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease. The average person should aim to have a BMI (body mass index) of between 18.5-24.9. Having a BMI above this range leaves you at increased risk of CVD and diabetes. By making a few healthy adjustments to your current diet and exercise regimes though, you’ll soon find yourself nearing your ideal BMI range.
3. Cut alcohol consumption
Did you know that drinking alcohol on a regular basis increases your ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Try cutting back by having at least two alcohol-free days per week and staying within your daily unit levels - that's 2-3 units for women and 3-4 units for men. Fancy taking this one step further? Download Drinkaware’s unit-tracking app to help keep your alcohol intake in check.
4. Get your five-a-day
Incorporating more fruit and vegetables (the more brightly coloured, the better) into your diet can help reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. In particular, lycopene-laden tomatoes are great at helping prevent against heart disease. Get inspiration for your next dinner by taking a look at our Tasty Tomato Suppers Pinterest board or find out what our favourite meat-free recipes are here.
5. Cut out the salt
Salt is not great for your heart health and consuming too much of it each day can raise your blood pressure. To keep your salt down to the recommended 6g per day guidelines, avoid adding extra salt to your meals. Instead of adding extra salt to your homemade dishes, add some flavour by making the most of these heart-healthy herbs and spices as ingredients.
More information about Ateronon and heart health
As well as making these health and fitness tips part of your everyday routine, another great way to help boost your heart health is by taking a daily dose of Ateronon, aka the ‘Tomato Pill'. Ateronon is a natural lycopene supplement derived from tomatoes. It contains our patented LactoLycopene formula which is easily absorbed by the body. A recent independent clinical study carried out at the University of Cambridge showed that taking Ateronon daily increased the flexibility of arteries by up to 53% in people diagnosed with heart disease. To find out more about the unique cardiovascular benefits of Ateronon, please take a look at our About Ateronon section. Want to stay up-to-date with all the latest heart healthy news and Ateronon offers? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.