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Take Care of Your Heart

February is Heart Health month, What better time than now to check up on your health habits? Did you know that your small, daily habits can contribute to the health of your heart? From the beverages you choose to drink to the amount of time you spend, or don't spend, moving, these little choices can all add up in a big way.

Take the most obvious of all, smoking. If you're a vaper or smoker, you are putting yourself at risk for a multitude of chronic health conditions and diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and asthma. Smoking also contributes to the aging process and will prematurely deteriorate your skin, leaving you will wrinkles, sagging, dryness, and age spots.

Do you know that your beverage choices can affect your health? If you choose sugary juices, iced teas, and sodas often, you are putting yourself at risk for obesity, diabetes, and even mental decline. Choosing water with a squeeze of citrus fruit, herbal teas, and even a high-quality electrolyte mix is a much healthier option, and drinking enough will help keep you hydrated. Not only is optimal hydration essential for heart health, but it will also help your skin health, too.

How often you move through the day is crucial to your health. Moderate exercising daily is one of the best ways to love and support your heart. 30 minutes to an hour of intentional exercises like yoga, weight lifting, pilates, cardio, or even jiu-jitsu and dancing can work wonders for your overall health. Living a sedentary life, sitting all day and night, is what some call the equivalent to being a smoker, as some studies have seen similar health damage between the two. So make sure you're moving with intention daily.

One in five Americans dies of heart disease. While genetics play a role in this, heart disease can often be controlled and prevented with lifestyle changes. One of those changes is diet. Avoiding fried, fatty foods, junk food, and sweets can help keep obesity at bay. Obesity puts you at further risk of heart disease. Instead, opt for lean proteins, lots of greens, fruits, and fiber.

If you're struggling with weight loss, we can help. We offer a personalized assessment as to what can be contributing to that struggle. Sometimes it's hormones or insulin resistance, or a health condition you may not be aware of. It could be a prescription medicine you're taking or a vitamin deficiency or an undiagnosed thyroid condition. You could simply be eating the wrong foods. We can help find the source and offer you a personalized plan to help shed the pounds.

Contact us today for more information on how we can support you and your health.

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