February is American Heart Month, which is a reminder to all of us to make heart-healthy lifestyle choices. You may not know it, but taking care of your heart can also have its benefits to kidney health too. So, now's the time to find ways to boost your health!
Taking care of your heart and kidneys starts with healthier lifestyle choices. Since people with kidney disease are at higher risk to develop heart disease, moving toward better habits now is the right approach for your overall health. For example, high cholesterol is proven to cause cardiovascular disease, so look at ways to eat foods lower in cholesterol.
Swap fried, high-salt, and fatty foods with grilled and broiled options. Also, consider replacing some of your dairy products with tasty non-dairy options, including milk and cheese that aren’t made from dairy.
Exercise does more than help maintain weight. It boosts cardiovascular and kidney health. Strive for at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise each day. Small steps lead to big changes, so don’t worry if you can’t go the whole 30 minutes at first. Check in with your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine, but remember, every step makes a difference.
High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke, heart attack, and kidney damage. Finding ways to i, meditate, do yoga, and, if necessary, talking to a mental health professional can help you decompress and feel less anxious.
If you're a smoker, there's never been a better time to kick the habit. Smoking causes your arteries to harden, which can lead to cardiovascular disease, stroke, and kidney disease.
Protecting your heart and kidneys starts with prevention. Healthy living is the most valuable thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones.