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Part Two| How to Improve Your Cardiovascular Health

| October 15, 2013 | Reply

Healthy Living

How Your Diet Affects Your Cardiovascular Health

Diet is another part of cardiovascular health that you may not realize.  We have become a society of convenience.  This convenient food may not be providing your body with what it needs as fuel to feed your muscles and brain.  Your body needs specific types of food to do this such as proteins and carbohydrates.  If you are consuming foods that your body does not require for energy, your body converts these foods and stores them as fat.  When you are exercising for extended periods of time your body can burn this fat for energy, but in most cases individuals store more fat than they burn.  This becomes a problem for our hearts because now you have excess fat being stored internally.  These fat molecules take up space around your organs, in your arteries and add extra weight to your body.  All of these cause your heart to work harder than it should even when your body is in a resting state (not moving).  Personally I feel we need to get away from the fad diets that people follow to help reduce their extra body fat because these are not lifelong habits that you are making, and in some cases you are depriving your body of some nutrients it needs.  In regards to your diet, a nutritionist is the best person to contact to help you with your struggle to live a healthier life.  But the Canadian Food Guide is not a bad place to start!

The Canadian Food Guide is set up to show you proper portion sizes and quantities of each food group that you should be consuming.  A healthy diet needs to be a permanent lifestyle change, not something you do for 30 days to drop weight quickly.  You didn’t gain 15 extra pounds overnight, so why do you think you can lose it overnight?  By making lifestyle changes slowly it becomes a new habit that replaces your old habit of poor eating.  I am not saying you can never eat a pizza or have chips ever again; it just needs to be in moderation.   There are some foods that can specifically help in the reduction of some chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, stroke, diabetes and heart disease.  Unsalted nuts, soluble fibre, fish and whole grains have all been shown to help reduce your risk of developing the previously mentioned chronic diseases.  For a more in-depth explanation of how these foods can help visit:

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is another great information source.  On their webpage you can even sign up for their monthly newsletter to start leading your healthy lifestyle today! This newsletter contains heart health information from the experts at the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  As well as tips on how to eat healthy including recipes and physical activity tips to help improve your health, best of all these tips are emailed to you monthly!  Visit to sign up for their [email protected] e-Newsletter and more information on how to live a healthier life.



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Category: Active Living, Cardiovascular Health, Healthy Living, Physiotherapy

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I am Capilano Rehab Centre’s Community Care Coordinator. I have been with Capilano Rehab for 9 years primarily as a Physio Assistant, but also as a Receptionist. I have a Physical Education Degree from the University of Alberta, which I will eventually use when my two young children are grown up. In the mean time I am enjoying helping people in the Community through my role as Community Care Coordinator and bringing awareness to how a Physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you love the most!

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