5 Lifestyle Changes that Could Prevent 80% of Heart Attacks

Adopt these 5 “low-risk” behaviours to help reduce your chances of heart attack:

  1. A healthy diet – eat freshly prepared wholefoods; avoid refined, processed choices.
  2. Being physically active – choose to exercise each day for at least 30 mins. Include a range of activities from weight training, to interval training (HIIT), to yoga/pilates and walking. Find something you enjoy!
  3. Healthy waist circumference – less than 92cm for men and 80cm for women.
  4. Low to moderate alcohol consumption.
  5. No smoking.

The Biggest Obstacle to Good Health: Mainstream Media

At a time when so many people are struggling with their health and staying in shape, it is very concerning that one of South Australia’s most read news publications prints poorly researched and misleading guidelines – potentially damaging our health rather than improving it.

The newly formed Health Food Partnership has announced their intention of reducing the total amount of sugar and salt in packaged foods. This, as a means to “cut the nation’s expanding waistlines and reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes”. (Source: Sue Dunlevy, The Advertiser Sun 8th Nov 2015).

To achieve this, the article recommends maximum numbers of treats per day for men, women, teens & children. For example: teens can eat 4 sweet biscuits, drink 2 glasses of cordial and a can of soft drink per day, and men can down a six-pack of beer – all part of a supposedly healthy dietary intake. The assumption is that this can be done 7 days a week, because of the reduced sugar & salt content.

My belief is that the Health Food Partnership is totally missing the point. The foods on this “treat” list are all refined & processed carbohydrates, and should only be consumed occasionally. These foods are all low in fibre, thus digest and absorb more quickly, and provide an immediate energy boost which does not last long. This leaves the person feeling flat and fatigued after the energy boost wears off, which can be 1 hour or so later. Even with less overall salt and sugar this will still occur because of the nature of refined carbohydrates.

It is no wonder people are confused about what constitutes a healthy dietary intake of foods when articles like this are printed in the media and supported by health groups such as the Heart Foundation and Public Health Association.

Meditation

Managing Daily Stress – How do you cope when life pulls you in different directions?

Stress is a natural, evolutionary body response. We instinctively react to stress in life with a fight, flight or freeze type of reaction. It may be an acute stressful event, such as an exam or public speaking, or it may be the ongoing challenge of raising kids, the daily commute or financial pressures. Your body will still have a response, even if you do not feel like you’re stressed. You don’t have to be ripping your hair out to be suffering from the effects of stress.

Symptoms of Stress

Symptoms of acute, current stress include: Low energy, difficulty sleeping, poor memory and concentration, mood changes and digestive disturbances. Long-term stress may lead to hormonal and thyroid imbalances, obesity and a weakened immune system.

Stress can be both a cause and a consequence of ill health which is why it is so important to deal with your stress now. Not only will you feel better now, but it will benefit your health in the future.

  • Contact me today for your tailored De-Stress treatment plan on 0438 577 351, to reduce the effects of stress and help you manage life’s challenges.

 

Stress Busting Diet and Lifestyle Tips

 

Control your stress levels with these simple daily strategies:

  • Limit caffeine and alcohol
  • Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugary foods
  • Enjoy exercise and physical activity
  • Engage in activities that make you happy
  • Enjoy a small amount of dark chocolate
  • Try meditation – deep and conscious breathing calms your nervous system.

 

Specific nutrients can help reduce stress

 

Even if you don’t think of yourself as stressed, consider whether or not your body, mind and soul need a little more nurturing and nourishment. You may already feel quite resilient, but with any type of stress, your body may have an increased need for supportive nutrients.