Mind, Body & Soul - Health Tips
Ways To Avoid A Heart Attack or Stroke
1. Manage your weight. Know and
maintain the appropriate body weight for your height
and age, and keep your body fat at approximately 15
percent of your weight.1
2. Eat healthy. Although we all
know what to do in this category, in 2005 46 states
have an obesity prevalence of over 20%2.
Since people are not listening, here is the
information again. Eliminate fried, high fat, and high
sugar content foods. Increase your intake of green
leafy vegetables and add 5 fruit servings per day.
Drink 8-10 glasses of pure spring or distilled water
per day (tea, ice tea, coffee, soda, juice, and beer
are not substitutes for water).
3. Exercise Regularly.
Incorporate a minimum of 30 minutes of cardiovascular
exercise into your daily routine. Everyday or at least
5-6 days per week, all year round. A two week break in
your routine eliminates all the benefits of your
previous hard work.
4. Get 6-8 hours of sleep each night.
Getting less sleep than you need increases your
arterial aging and your risk of heart attack. Your
body compensates for inadequate sleep by craving
sugar, tobacco or other harmful things, and causes you
to eat more. Adequate sleep also makes your Real Age
up to three years younger.3
5. See your doctor annually. Get
your annual physical, and whenever you sense that
something isn't quite right, see your doctor, and have
it checked out.
1 Greene, Bob. Make the Connection,
2 In 1995, obesity prevalence in each of
the 50 states was less than 20 percent. In 2000, 28
states had obesity prevalence rates less than 20
percent. In 2005, only 4 states had obesity
prevalence rates less than 20 percent, while 17 states
had prevalence rates equal to or greater than 25
percent, with 3 of those having prevalences equal to
or greater than 30 percent (Louisiana, Mississippi,
and West Virginia). www.cdc.gov/obesity
3 Oz, Mehmet, You, The Owners Manual,