No matter what your age, gender or background, maintaining good heart health and controlled blood pressure are crucial to your overall wellbeing. There are a number of ways that you can achieve this, but the first step is becoming educated.
Reducing your sodium intake, for example, is an easy way to control your blood pressure because dietary sodium has a direct effect on blood pressure. The Institute of Medicine recommends a daily intake of 1,500 milligrams daily for people between the ages of 9 to 50; however, the average Canadian consumes over double of that. In fact, 85% of men and 60% of women have sodium intakes exceeding the recommended upper limit of sodium.
Regular physical activity is also very important in maintaining good heart health. The Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week for adults, but about half of all Canadians are inactive. This, in turn, can allow stresses from daily life to accumulate, further exacerbating the pressures on the heart.
Learn more about other steps you can take to achieving a healthy heart by attending an information session at the Mosaic Home Care & Community Resource Centre at The Shops on Steeles & 404 (2900 Steeles Avenue East, Suite 218) next Tuesday, June 12, from 1:30 pm to 3 pm.