Dr. Maggie Cadet on Heart Health & Self Care for Women
In support of National Wear Red Day 2022, here are some tips to manage and prevent many illnesses including heart disease and autoimmune conditions. ENGAGE in a healthy lifestyle! Taking care of your immune system is important!
-Quit smoking today! Nicotine is a killer!
-Reduce/Limit alcohol intake.
-Get adequate sleep. Aim for 7-9 hours if you can. There is so much power in a good night’s rest.
- Get MOVING!!! Exercise and regular, consistent physical activity can improve glucose metabolism, blood pressure, and cholesterol. IT helps enhance endorphins to reduce stress. Exercise at least 150 minutes each week.
-Take steps to avoid infection especially during the pandemic! Wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizers.
-Focus on healthy eating. Consider engaging in a plant-based regimen. You don’t have to give up meat or fish completely but incorporate more grains, legumes, nuts, whole grains.
Try some of these red foods to help your heart and immune system!
Tomatoes can help reduce coronary disease because of lycopene and antioxidant properties.
Strawberries can help increase HDL cholesterol and blood pressure and is filled with antioxidants and vitamin C.
An apple a day can keep your heart healthy any day by reducing bad cholesterol (LDL).
Consider cooking foods with ginger, turmeric and garlic! Tangerines, oranges and grapefruit, lemons and limes are all rich in Vitamin C and are great immune-boosting foods! Incorporating cranberries can also help regulate blood sugar and lower blood pressure.
Women especially African American females can protect their hearts by KNOWING THEIR NUMBERS!!
1) Blood Pressure (systolic/diastolic blood pressure)
2) Body Mass Index ( BMI of 30 or higher indicates obesity)
3) Total Cholesterol, HDL(good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), and triglycerides
4) Fasting blood glucose or Hemoglobin A1C (assess Diabetes risk) a Hemoglobin A1C over 6.5% means Diabetes.
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Share this with your loved ones. Taking care of our health ensures that we will be around for years to come. For more information on plant-based living visit the blackgirlseat website. Find recipes, shopping ideas and advice to help you and your family transition to a healthier lifestyle.