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How do you keep your heart healthy?

The 3 best answers will each receive a bottle of embrace Shiraz from The Wine Company worth $38.

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Top 3 Winners

First I tend to eat healthy. I always keep a check on what I eat and when I eat. Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and small amount of oil and red meat can help my heart beat longer. I also maintain a healthy body weight by maintaining BMI between 20 and 25 which is considered the optimal weight.  Every day I use 30 minutes to do aerobic exercises to improve my heart rate. Yoga and meditation are also great for heart as they help ease stress which automatically improve heart functioning. I try to manage my stress levels by talking to friends, socialising, slowing down a bit and taking a break. Having a good sleep is also important as lack of sleep worsens blood pressure and cholesterol. Last but not least, I go for a regular health screening for high blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. -– Henry Wong

To maintain a healthy heart, keep your weight down. Being overweight is bad for you. It puts extra stress and strain on your heart and makes you feel lethargic and less energetic, and it affects your self-image and confidence. Try eating more fruit and vegetables, less sugary foods, and more unrefined carbohydrates such as seed breads, wholegrain cereals and pasta. So-called soluble fibre may also help reduce cholesterol, so eat oats, beans and pulses such as kidney beans, peas and baked beans. -– Chong LiJye

A certain amount of fat is good for a well-balanced diet. However, reduce the amount of fat and be selective of the type of fat you eat. Saturated fat affects blood cholesterol levels, so try to eat less full-fat dairy products, cakes, cookies, pastries and burgers and replace them with monosaturated fats such as olive and rapeseed oil, nuts and avocado pears. Polyunsaturated fats in small amount helps to reduce cholesterol so oily fish (salmon, sardines) and oils like sunflower, corn and soya oil are good.   -– Wong WeiXiang

Email: editor@ezyhealth.com Winning letters will be published in the following month. All letters to reach us by 20 March 2013. Please include your full name, IC number, contact number and address. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.
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