Valentine’s Day is usually all about spreading love, but this February we are trying to raise awareness about ways to keep your heart healthy.
February is Heart Health Awareness Month and each year the British Heart Foundation raises awareness of a variety of heart conditions and ways to reduce your risk of developing them. Shockingly heart and circulatory diseases kill 1 in 4 people in the UK and just over 7 million people are currently living with a cardiovascular disease.
There are several aspects that may increase your risk of developing a cardiovascular disease but luckily, the main factors are ones that can be controlled, treated and modified:
• Smoking – Smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared to people who have never smoked.
• Obesity – Being overweight can have a huge impact on your health.
• Physical inactivity – The heart is a muscle, and much like the rest of your muscles it needs to be exercised to help it work properly.
This is where we can help! A healthy and balanced diet is a huge factor that can help reduce your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. We have worked closely with our resident nutritionist to bring you a juice bundle that not only will contribute to getting your 5 a day but will also help to fuel cognitive function and cardiovascular health!
This bundle is high in Vitamin C and folate, both needed to make certain neurotransmitters, the signals that carry thoughts, feelings and commands around the brain and throughout the nervous system. Vitamin C is needed to produce serotonin, an important hormone to help regulate our nervous and endocrine system. It plays a key role in mood and sleep. Optimal levels of folate can lower homocysteine levels, which is a key marker for cardiovascular disease. Phytosterols in romaine lettuce can also help to regulate cholesterol levels. This bundle is an easy way to get your 5 a day in all whilst looking after your heart health – you’re welcome!
Want to find out more about the British Heart Foundation and the work they do? Click here.