How To Keep Your Heart Healthy

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BY MARIN LISSY

Farmer Foodshare welcomes a new blogger: Marin Lissy loves to cook with her family and friends, and enjoys sharing delicious healthy recipes. When she's not balancing sixth grade academic activities, Marin enjoys reading, playing guitar, biking, and spending time outdoors.

Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body. It acts as a pump, supplying oxygen and nutrient rich blood to your entire body. Although it can’t actually “break”, as we hear artists drone on about on the radio, improper treatment can put anyone in the dog house. So how do we make sure we keep ourselves staying “up-to-beat”


First, let’s review what not to do. Sitting idle for hours on end watching a marathon of your favorite T.V. show is one big no. This doesn’t mean that you should trash television altogether-- just find a solution instead! For example, you can limit your time lounging on the couch. Do push-ups every ad break! Feel bad about not hitting the gym in a while? Don’t try to do something crazy because “you feel like you have to do it”. Try to gradually get into a normal routine instead of going all out. That way, you will still get the exercise you need without hurting yourself. Don’t swap your fruits and vegtables out for a bag of Doritos. Studies show that people who eat 5 servings or more of fruits and vegetables per day have about 20% less risk of heart related problems than people who eat little to no fruits/vegetables a day.


Wondering just what you should eat? Walnuts or almonds are one great choice. A handful can satisfy your hunger in a heartbeat. You can also try a number of fish, including salmon, tuna, halibut, or trout. They are full of omega-3s, an fatty acid that is essential for good health. Your body can’t make them, so you have to get omega-3s through food.


Keep your heart in good shape, because, after all, you really don’t want it to break.