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We’ve all heard that trite recommendation about how we should exercise and have a healthy diet. Still, millions of Americans end up obese. So, what happened? The suggestion lost its meaning somewhere between those five words. When you skip on these words of wisdom, your heart ends up paying the price. But, all is not lost. You can still change things by using these tips.

Did You Know

Heart attacks are more likely to happen during the AM. That’s when levels of the KLF15 protein that helps the cells in the heart function are at its lowest. Sounds Chinese to you, but what this means is you need to know just how long your meds take to kick in, if you’re on any. For instance, if the onset of your medication takes eight or more hours, better take them at night, for anything shorter take them in the morning. Ask your doctor to get a better idea of what you should do.

Have Fruits and Veggies

According to a recent study, a diet that’s made up of lots of fruits and veggies provides you more fiber than what you could get from a low fiber bread. This was discovered by a Swedish researcher who found that women were able to score more by eating a high fiber diet as compared to men because women choose fruits and vegetables over other food sources for fiber. This also lowered women’s changes of developing heart disease.

Get more Vitamin C

Researchers have found that people who took vitamin C supplements were found to have a significantly low blood pressure than those who don’t bother loading up on C. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vitamin C is responsible for managing the level of nitric oxide in blood, which in turn, helps maintain our blood pressure. If taking supplements is not your style, then there is another source where you can get your daily recommended intake of vitamin C – cherries. There are studies which suggest that having a helping of cherries or other fruits can lower C reactive proteins which are linked to heart disease.

Be an Optimist

Yes, it’s easier said than done, with growing unemployment levels, economic insecurity, and terrorists trying to take us out. But, looking at the bright side every now and then can be good for your heart according to research. Scientists believe that it is no surprise that happy people are also healthier as compared to those who sulk. So, if you think that you are negative by nature, you’ve got to get yourself moving because happiness and having positive emotions have been linked to lowered heart disease risk. In fact, researchers believe that people who like to view situations as the glass half full are more likely not to suffer from heart disease of stroke. So, it’s time to change folks!

When it comes to your heart’s health it’s the small things that can make the most change. So, eat healthy, stay positive and try to quit bad habits.