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Not all fat is created equal. Just stepping on a scale doesn't give you all the information you need to know about your weight. The location of your fat is also important and this is where waist size comes in. Belly fat, for example, has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. To be sure you're keeping your heart as healthy as possible, use a tape measure to check your waist circumference. It should ideally be less than half of your height.
Did you know that cutting just a 1/2 tsp of salt daily can take pressure off of your heart? One of the simplest ways to cut back on your intake is to replace your salt shaker with a heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory spice shaker. Swap out salt for this combination of spices: tumeric, garlic powder, and coriander in equal amounts. Your heart, and taste buds, will thank you for it!
Of all reasons to get a good night's sleep, protecting your heart might not be the first reason that comes to mind. It should be! Research shows that chronic sleep deprivation increases your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. Those who get less than 6 hours of sleep per night are at higher risk of heart problems further down the road. To get the sleep you need to safeguard your heart, set a bedtime alarm by counting back 7 to 8 hours from the time you need to wake up.
This two-page worksheet will help you understand your heart disease risk and teach you ways to reduce it.
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