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Med-Free Ways to Help Your Heart

Med-Free Ways to Help Your Heart

A shocking study in a journal of the American Heart Association revealed 30% of folks would opt to shorten their life by two years rather than take a daily pill to avoid cardiovascular woes! That’s how much many of you hate taking meds day after day.

But having a shorter life or taking daily meds, aren’t your only two options. You can opt for lifestyle changes that will make your heart’s RealAge many years younger. Determine your heart’s RealAge and then extend your life and improve your heart health with these lifestyle upgrades. (And never stop taking meds without talking to your doc first -- there are risks from suddenly stopping blood pressure drugs, blood thinners, statins, aspirin and more.)

Chomp it! Every day go for foods that are high-fiber, nutrient-rich and contain healthy fats (mono- and polyunsaturated fats and omega-3s). Enjoy nuts (10-14 almonds or 12-14 walnut halves); get 1 cup of cooked 100% whole grains or 1 cup 100% whole grain ready-to-eat cereal plus 1/2 cup 100% whole grains cooked; aim for 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables and three 3-ounce servings of lean protein, like skinless poultry and fish or nuts and beans.

Move it! Use a pedometer to track your steps -- aim for 10,000 a day, no excuses. Add 10 minutes of strength training 2-3 days a week.

Cool it! Tamp down your stress responses with daily meditation and get 7-8 hours of restful sleep nightly.

Medically reviewed in May 2019.

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