How Well Are You Taking Care Of Your Heart?
We, being Malaysians have a plethora of food at our dispense. It's so easy to get food here, from the local favourites, Nasi Lemak, Char Kuey Teows to many more deep fried stuff. With our busy lifestyle and food culture, this may lead to us adopting unhealthy habits. Who suffers then? Our heart of course! Malaysians are experiencing heart disease much earlier in life. Read on below on how serious this issue is.
|Exercise is a good way to take care of the heart|
Did you know that 1 out of 2 Malaysian adults are suffering from high cholesterol? I myself was surprised to find out I have high cholesterol after going for a full medical checkup a couple of years back. 42% of Malaysians who have high cholesterol are below the ages of 40 years old. So what are you doing about it? I for one have upped my fitness game, doing running and exercises more frequently now.
|Our recent fitness event, WalkAMile 2016 by Nestle Omega Plus|
A holistic heart health management includes a balanced diet with physical activity and going for regular medical check up. Check out some pointers below on how you can start taking care of your heart, the holistic way.
- Aim to get some form of physical activity every day – the American Heart Association suggests a combination of moderate and vigorous activity thirty minutes a day, five times a week.
- Anything that makes your body move and burn calories is considered physical activity. Walking more is a great way to improve heart health.
|My recent gift for participating in Nestle Omega Plus #HeartHealthChallenge|
- Even if you don’t have any heart issues, it’s important to not miss your heart health check-ups with your doctor.
- Ask questions about your numbers: blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, blood glucose and weight.
|Put on those running shoes, and start moving!|
- Eat a balanced diet - at the dining table, aim to fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits, consume milk with added plant sterols to block the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream.
- Plant sterols are considered to be the most effective single food that can lower cholesterol as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
- Plant sterols can be found in small amounts in many grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
However you may have to eat very large amounts of these items to have an effect on your cholesterol. With Nestlé Omega Plus, you only need to drink two glasses a day to manage cholesterol levels. So there you have it, steps on how to make your heart stronger to live to a healthy ripe old age. What are you waiting for? Start moving today itself!