Love Your Heart… Live Longer
Organic, locally sourced fruit and veg may be delicious, but could be an unnecessary expense. ‘Ordinary seasonal fruit and fresh vegetables, such as carrots and apples, are just as beneficial to your heart health,’ says Professor Andrew Nicolaides of London’s Vascular Diagnostic Centre.
…now and then. Mycoprotein is a key ingredient in meat substitutes such as Quorn, and could lower your risk of having a heart attack. Low in saturated fat and high in fibre, it‘s cholesterol free and helps to maintain or even lower cholesterol levels, all of which contributes to a healthier heart. If you’re not sure where to start, visit www.quorn.co.uk for yummy recipe ideas.
Snack on the right stuff!
Snacking on a small portion of pistachio nuts twice a day as part of a healthy diet can help lower cholesterol by as much as 11% after a few weeks. Now that’s a diet change we’re happy to make.
Catch some zzzzzs
Another excuse to stay in bed and watch the Olympics this weekend! It’s thought that a well-rested body is more efficient at clearing calcium build-up in the arteries, so ensure you’re getting enough sleep to leave you feeling energised and refreshed each morning.
Drink more milk
Not only does milk keep your nails and hair strong, it has been proven that adults who regularly drink semi-skimmed milk lower their risk of heart disease by an estimated 37%. Cup of Horlicks anyone?
A study found that stressed-out workers over the age of 50 are 68% more likely to suffer from heart disease. Learn the art of relaxation by going for a long walk, catching up with friends over a leisurely lunch, or booking that spa day you’ve been dreaming about. Treating yourself is officially good for you… hurray!