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Diet and Exercise are Important!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Especially for Those Living with a Cardiovascular Condition!
More than 80,000,000 people in the United States have one or more forms of cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular disease, particularly heart disease and stroke, is the country's leading cause of death among both men and women of all racial and ethnic groups.
Almost 1 million Americans die of cardiovascular disease each year, which adds up to 42% of all deaths in America.
As individuals there is something you can do to help. A healthy diet and exercise routine along with LimpiaArteria may help to reduce or prevent you from experiencing a cardiovascular condition and ultimately may help you to live a healthy lifestyle.


Why it is Important to Maintain a Low-Sugar Low-Carbohydrate Diet:
Excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake can causes several cardiovascular conditions that can lead to life threatening issues.
Excessive sugar intake can result in an elevated level of glucose in our bloodstream. When glucose levels in the bloodstream aren't properly regulated, one can develop a serious condition, such as diabetes.
Excessive carbohydrate intake can cause the pancreas to produce large amounts of insulin. Because insulin's action is to drive glucose into the cells, this can results in chronic hyperglycemia, which is also known as  "high blood sugar." Excess insulin also causes hypertension and helps initiate the sequence of events in the arterial wall which leads to atherosclerosis and heart disease.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Some Sugar and Starchy Carbohydrates that are Not Good for you:
Sugary Processed Breakfast Cereals
Honey, Jams and Jellies
Brown and White Cane Sugar
White Bread
White Flour
White Pasta
White Rice
Some Soft Drinks, Sweets and Snack Bars
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Some Carbohydrates that are Good for you:
Brown rice
Root Vegetables
Wholemeal breads
Wholegrain cereals
High fiber Breakfast Cereals

Why a Low-Sodium Diet is Important:
A low-sodium (low salt diet) is recommended for anyone that has a form of cardiovascular disease. Heart failure causes the body to hold on to extra sodium, which in turn causes extra fluid to build up in the our body, making the heart work harder. Too much sodium also contributes to other symptoms, such as swelling of the ankles, feet or abdomen. Excessive amounts of sodium can contribute to the shortness of breath and weight gain. LimpiaArteria is a sodium based supplement and excessive salt intake in accordance to the program can increase blood pressure dramatically.

Here are a few Easy Steps that may Help Cut your Sodium Intake:
1. Resist from adding salt to your food. For many people, salting their food at the table is a matter of habit. Avoid using salt and use low-sodium herbs and spices to add flavor to your food.
2. Substitute your preferred foods for a low-sodium version. Instead of canned foods, choose lower-sodium varieties of your favorite convenience foods. Also use fresh or frozen vegetables as apposed to canned vegetables.
3.Cook for yourself. Fresh foods that you prepare yourself will be lower in sodium. Pick foods naturally low in sodium.
4. Remember to read food labels in order to determine which are healthy and low in sodium.

As well as Monitoring your Sugar, Carbohydrates and Sodium (salt) Intake, Try and Refrain from eating High-Fat Protein Foods such as:
Fried Foods
Fatty Meats
Canned Meats
Whole Milk
Fast Foods
French Fries
Canned Fruits packed in heavy syrup
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Some Good Sources of Low-Fat Protein Food are:
Lean Meat
Skinless Poultry
Low-Fat Dairy Products
Egg Whites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fish is a good alternative to high-fat meats. Some types of fish, such as cod, tuna and halibut generally have less total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol than meat and poultry do. Certain types of fish are healthy for the heart because they're rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower blood fats called triglycerides and may reduce your risk of sudden cardiac death. You can find the highest amounts of omega-3 in cold-water fish, such as salmon, herring and mackerel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Some other sources of low-fat protein are walnuts, beans, soybeans, peas, lentils and canola oil.


Along with Maintaining a Healthy Sugar, Carbohydrate, Sodium and Low-Fat Protein Diet, staying Active is also Important:
By exercising you can help your body feel better by possibly decreasing symptoms which can hinder the heart's function. Try an accumulate at least 30 minutes of activity per day on most days of the week.
Start by pick a simple aerobic activity that you like, such as walking, swimming, gardening, etc.. Also a cardiorespritory fitness program is a option to pursue. Whatever activity you choose, remember that it is important to take a few minutes to warming up and cooling down to avoid injury and stressing your heart. By cooling down, that allows your heart rate, blood pressure and other body functions to return to their usual resting levels.
When an individual with a previous or current cardiovascular condition is active, they should watch for signs of overexertion that may be due to their condition. Some signs to look for are, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, irregular heart rate, nausea or vomiting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When making changes to your lifestyle, make changes slowly instead of all at once. If you have questions or concerns and for a complete diet and exercise plan, you should contact your physician or nutritional advisor. You should also contact your physician or nutritional advisor before following any instructional information from this site.