Heart Week is 29 April – 6 May and focuses on the benefits of physical activity and empowering Australians to get moving. Cardiovascular disease is a very serious health issue. It encompasses a wide range of cardiometabolic conditions, including Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, thrombosis, insulin resistance, among other health conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Nutrition plays a fundamental role in optimum health.
You might be shocked to know:
❤️ over half of Australians (52%) are not active enough
❤️ almost two in three Australian adults are overweight or obese
❤️ one in four children are overweight or obese
❤️ 5,000 Australians die per year from physical inactivity
Australia is an inactive nation. Increasingly greater numbers of us are spending too much time sitting or being inactive.
It’s time to do something to improve cardiovascular health:
💫 Eat good natural food. Have a predominantly vegetarian diet and utilising a Mediterranean diet. Paleo diet principles are good too.
💫 Consume plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
💫 Consume foods high in omega-3, magnesium, zinc, vitamin C, folate, B12, B6, fibre, among others.
💫 Consume less salt/sodium, refined carbohydrates, sugar-sweetened beverages, saturated fats. Consume no trans fats.
💫 Drink more water. Aim for 1.5-2 litres per day.
💫 Be physically active. We need 30 minutes of activity per day to be healthy.
💫 Consult a qualified nutritionist who will work out the best diet and nutrients for your health care needs. They will provide advice both for the short-term and long-term. Setting you up for a healthy life.
It’s never too late to start now!