women, listen up: nutrition is key to help prevent cardiovascular disease

It has been all over the news the past couple of days – women and cardiovascular disease. This is a serious issue, and has taken a back seat in terms of priority for women when compared to issues such as breast cancer. According to the mayo clinic:

“…more women than men die of cardiovascular disease each year. Women are six times as likely to die of heart disease as of breast cancer. Heart disease kills more women over 65 than all cancers combined. ”

But that does not mean other age groups can turn a blind eye:

“While heart disease is the leading cause of death for women 65 and older, it’s the third-leading cause of death for women 25 to 44 and second-leading cause of death for women 45 to 64. All women, of all ages, should take heart disease seriously.”

So we realize the gravity of the situation, and most of us know that proper monitoring of physical symptoms such as high blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglycerides are good preventative measures. Also quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake, and more exercise are important factors to address.

But what I want to stress, is that according to the Amercian Heart Association:

“A healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons you have to fight cardiovascular disease.”

Many women put others’ needs before their own, and have lost the ability to take time for themselves to relax, enjoy the small things in life, and care for their own health. Body, mind, soul – everything about a person must be in balance in order to achieve an optimum state of health, and prevent degenerative disease.

You can improve your quality of life by eating nutritious foods, managing your stress, sleeping well, and challenging your body with exercise. This is your life – take the time to look after YOU – you’re worth it :).

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