What is heart disease?
Heart disease is when plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries slowing or blocking the flow of blood. If a total clot is formed, it can cause a heart attack or stroke. Learn more at heart.org.
The Mayo Clinic says that “many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices.”
The #1 killer in the United States and #2 killer in Canada is heart disease. It claims hundreds of thousands of lives every year.
The American Heart Association says that diet and lifestyle are the best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease.
It doesn’t need to be a major overhaul. Just add small improvements that can turn into habits.
Pick something from this list to improve upon. Your heart will thank you!
- Burn as many calories as you consume
- Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all food groups (including your fruits and veggies!)
- Limit nutrient-poor foods
- Decrease sodium in your diet
- Limit saturated and trans fats and replace with better fats
- Keep an eye on portion sizes
Remember, start with small changes and improve every day and week. We know you can do it!
One thing you can do TODAY is drink a Ruvi a day to get 4 servings of fruits and veggies. Ruvi Active contains specific fruits and vegetables that studies have shown will support cardiovascular health.
Your heart will be much happier if you cut out these things from your life.
- Don’t smoke. Heart attacks are more common in smokers than non-smokers.
- Manage or eliminate other medical problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. All of these increase your risk for plaque build up and hardening of the arteries.
- Reduce stress. Stress can damage your arteries.
- Reduce body fat or maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight worsens other heart disease risk factors.
Not surprisingly, these don'ts will help you in many more ways than just supporting your heart. While this list of 4 may not be the easiest to do, just start small. You can do it and you will feel better. Really...not immediately because no BODY likes the changes above but your BODY will say thank you in the end!
The heart-health master! For performance, recovery, and overall cardiovascular health.
2 ½ servings fruit + 1 ½ servings veg.
(psst...78% of people don’t get enough RED fruits & veg in their diets**)
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8 fruits and vegetables. Nothing else.
Fuji Apple: Filled with all that good fiber plus polyphenols to help your heart stay healthy and keep cholesterol in check. May help with weight loss goals too.
Tart Cherry: Contain powerful plant foods called anthocyanins and flavonoids to help with muscle recovery.
Carrot: Rich in plant compounds called phytonutrients to aid the heart and cholesterol levels.
Raspberry: Low in calories but packed with nutrients and potent antioxidants to keep inflammation in check.
Butternut Squash: Rich in carotenoids (plant phytonutrients) to support your heart and protect your cells from oxidative damage and inflammation.
Strawberry: Loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients to help your heart, blood pressure, cholesterol, and vascular function.
Beet: Commonly used by athletes before a workout to boost blood nitrate (nitric oxide) levels. Keeps blood pressure in check.
Tomato: Rich in nutrients to help your heart and keep inflammation and oxidative stress in check.
**America’s Phytonutrient Report. Nutrilite Health Institute, 2009.
Ruvi Active is designed with specific fruits and vegetables that charge up your heart for better performance, recovery, and overall cardiovascular health.
Lisa and Rich Jelinek