Happy, healthy heart

Dear Editor,

What can you do to make a happy, healthy heart you ask? Your heart is a muscle, and it functions based on the foods, exercise, and rest you provide it. Are foods you feed your heart full of color and rich in nutrients, essential fatty acids, protein, and plant sterols.

Do you get 30 minutes of exercise on 4 or 5 days a week? Do you get 7 or 8 hours of sleep daily? Is your lifestyle stress filled?

If you answered no to any questions, you might consider making some happy heart changes. Try eating 3 to 5 vegetables and fruits daily. Consider quality supplements or a meal replacement option if you don’t eat nutritionally balanced meals. Maybe exercising 10 minutes once a day, then add 5 minutes more next week, work up from there. Try going to bed 30 minutes earlier. Maybe prepare breakfast or lunch for the next day before you go to bed, and sleep 30 minutes longer in the morning. Little steps make a difference.

Happy Heart Month with kind regards,

Judy Cenate

Health Enthusiast

Bellows Falls, Vt.

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