Tip #4 – Get Selenium
Selenium has some excellent anti-oxidant properties and plays an important role in the functioning of your metabolism. If you are eating enough nuts and grains, chances are you are getting enough for your daily needs. If you have a concern, you can also take a selenium supplement. Mushrooms are also a good source of selenium. One caution – check with your doctor about taking selenium if you are on ANY types of medications, it can interact with some and even neutralize the benefits of others if you choose to take a supplement.
Tip #5 – Eat more fish
There are many benefits to eating fish including getting more of the healthy fat, omega 3, and a healthy protein source in your diet. There are certain types of fish, such as tuna, salmon, oysters, sardines and trout that should be high on your list. Not all fish are that healthy for your diet, however, and some may contain higher amounts of mercury than can be considered safe to eat, so know your fish. Some fish that you may consider avoiding depending on how they are cultivated are Bluefin Tuna, Chilean Sea bass, Grouper, Orange Roughy and farm raised Salmon. Baked or broiled fish is the best way to eat it. Don’t ruin all the health benefits by serving the fish with butter or deep frying it.
Tip #6 – Healthy fats
Limiting bad fats and eating more healthy fat can be difficult to get right. Your best rule of thumb is to avoid solid fats, such as butter, margarine or cuts of meat with heavy fat content. This will help you to avoid saturated and trans fats. To increase the healthy fats, such as mono- and poly- unsaturated fats plus the omega 3s, you can eat more fish, nuts and avocados.
Tip #7 – Monitor cholesterol and blood pressure
You should have your cholesterol and blood pressure checked on a regular basis. There has been a recent change in thinking on what are healthy ranges for each within the medical community. While there are still set target ranges for health, doctors now recognize that just having good numbers doesn’t mean you are healthy. Talk to you doctor about what other changes you can bring into your life to increase the health of your heart.