Heart to Heart

Our hearts work hard for us!

In return, we owe it to our hearts and ourselves to make the job as easy as possible by feeding ourselves nutritious foods with omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, monounsaturated fats, fiber and other nutrients that protect it from inflammation and other dangers.

We owe it to our hearts to move freely and often so they can work more efficiently, learning how to circulate more blood with each beat, so it doesn’t have to beat as often.

We owe it to our hearts to get the required amount of sleep every night to give them much-needed rest, allowing them to beat more slowly during both REM and non-REM sleep.

We owe it to ourselves during American Heart Month, and every other month, to commit to making one or two small lifestyle changes that will benefit our hearts. Take a walk every day, fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits, and maintain a consistent bedtime so it’ll be easier to get at least seven hours of sleep every night.

For more ideas about living a heart-healthy life, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/heart-healthy-living any other reputable online or print source or talk to your health care providers.

Live well,

Associate Publisher

Laurie is an avid hiker and cyclist who loves the outdoors and enjoys the beauty of Prescott. She also has a menagerie of pets to keep her smiling!