Heart disease is a serious health condition that is responsible for more deaths annually in the United States than any other medical cause. Fortunately, there are many ways you can take an active role in your health to prevent or manage heart disease at any age. If you have questions about your heart health in Tampa, your physician at Memorial Hospital of Tampa can help you develop a personalized plan for diet and exercise.
Too much sodium in your diet can cause high blood pressure, which puts excess stress on your heart and raises your risk for heart attack and stroke. Many processed, packaged, and restaurant foods contain high levels of sodium. The Institute of Medicine recommends eating between 1500-2300mg of salt per day. You can reduce your sodium intake by checking the labels on foods and making an effort to purchase lower-sodium options. During meals, avoid adding salt to your foods. Restaurant foods contain much higher levels of salt than home-cooked meals, so limiting the number of times you eat out each week can also keep your sodium intake low.
Increase Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are a great source of nutrients, providing your body with the building blocks it needs to maintain good health. These food choices are also low in calories, sodium, and fat, which can all contribute to weight gain, high blood pressure, and poor heart health. Most Americans don’t get the full four to five servings of produce recommended for daily consumption. Make an effort to include more fresh produce in your diet—all fruits and vegetables are beneficial, so all you need to do is eat more of those options you love. 100% fruit juices and smoothies can also count towards your daily goal.
At Memorial Hospital of Tampa, we are dedicated to providing you with the tools you need to live a healthier life. We offer a variety of health-related classes and events to benefit our Tampa community—check out our calendar online or call our hospital today at (813) 873-6400