Take Your Vitamins

07/05/2016

Managing stress effectively is essential for healthy living. Too much stress can affect blood pressure, weight, emotional wellbeing, sleep, and your risk for heart disease. It’s important to learn and practice effective coping strategies to improve our awareness and response to stress.

Calcium

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in your body. It’s found mostly in your bones and teeth. Calcium helps with muscle contraction, heart health, brain and nerve function, and blood clotting. Foods high in calcium include:

• Dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese)
• Chinese cabbage
• Kale
• Broccoli

Vitamin D

10-15 minutes of sun two times a week is the best way to get Vitamin D. You can also take Vitamin D supplements if you do not get enough sun exposure. Talk to your doctor to see if your Vitamin D levels should be checked or if a supplement is recommended. Vitamin D helps keep you healthy by:

• Promoting the development of healthy bones and teeth
• Supporting strong muscles
• Slowing bone loss associated with aging
• Protecting your heart
• Fighting infection
• Warding off tumorsi

Omega-3

Omega-3s help keep your heart healthy by reducing risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. The most important types of Omega-3s are found in fish, including:

• Anchovies
• Catfish
• Halibut
• Albacore tuna