American Heart month is an ideal time to enjoy eating red

American Heart month is an ideal time to enjoy eating red

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SAN DIEGO, February 18, 2014 — Matters of the heart come to the fore throughout the month of February.

Visions of hearts dominate American life throughout the month of February, with their inherent messages of love.

02-18-14_HeartMonth-2The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that February is a “time to show yourself love,” by taking care of your heart.

Heart disease is the top killer of men and women in the United States.

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as a leading cause of disability it costs the United States over $300 billion each year, which includes health care and related costs as well as lost productivity.

Cardiovascular disease affects Americans of all ages, ethnicities, genders, and walks of life.

Celebrities such as former President Bill Clinton, show host Barbara Walters, comedian Robin Williams, actress Jennie Garth, singer Toni Braxton and talk show host David Letterman are but a few of the many known celebrities who have been stricken with heart disease.

Stress is a leading factor in the development of heart disease, and is at the top of the list for other causative factors, such as smoking, lack of exercise, genetics, and poor diet.

One easy strategy for starting a heart-healthy lifestyle is as simple and affordable as choosing to eat red foods.

Known for their health enriching properties, the following red foods are particularly heart-health-friendly:

-Tart cherries are power-packed with antioxidants and anthocyanins, and loaded with anti-inflammatory properties–a leading cause of cardiovascular disease.

-Red grapes may boost good cholesterol and prevent blood clot formation, which could lead to myocardial infarction or stroke.

-Red wine contains resveratrol and phytochemicals which may boost good cholesterol and also prevent some types of cancers.

-Red tomatoes are believed to be one of the most antioxidant-packed foods available and may also help prevent some types of cancers.

-Red apples may help lower bad cholesterol, prevent certain cancers, and may also help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

02-18-14_HeartMonth-3There are a variety of other scrumptious red foods available at the grocer or farmer’s market waiting to be discovered–ready to be consumed and go to work creating better overall health for those who find them.

With a variety of delicious red foods to choose from they will surely delight the taste buds of the most discriminating palates across America.

Red foods can be savored and enjoyed, whether eaten fresh, carefully prepared, or sipped in a glass. It is good to know that choosing to eat red is also choosing health.

“I’m giving life lessons and tips on how to take care of your emotional heart, because heart disease is the number-one killer in America.” – Leeza Gibbons

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 30 years. As a featured “Communities Digital News” columnist, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.

In addition to writing for “Communities Digital News,” Laurie is the President and CEO of her firm, At Your Home Familycare, which serves persons of all ages who are disabled and infirm with a variety of non-medical, in-home care and concierge services.

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