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Bluecrest Health Screening Healthy Heart Eating Tips

Posted on August 4, 2013

Bluecrest Health Screening is all about disease prevention.  Bluecrest Health Screening delivers high quality, highly affordable health screens direct to the public to empower individuals with knowledge about their current health status.

However, Health Screening is only one step in a journey towards proactively managing your health risks and reducing your chances of succumbing to the UKs biggest killers; Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer.

Another important aspect of disease prevention, along with understanding your current health status, is understanding which types of food are good for you and which types of food increase our risk of suffering from illness.

The best way to think about foods is to categorise them into food groups.  The trick is to aim for a well balanced diet; embarking on extreme and faddy diets is not the way to develop sustainable health eating patterns.

Fruit & Vegetables

Healthy diets should include a large amount of fruit and vegetables.  The current guidelines are that individuals should aim for at least five portions per day.  Its important to try to eat a wide variety of different fruit and vegetables.  Most super markets stock a massive selection and it can be exciting to try to find new and exotic fruits and vegetables to eat; perhaps aim to try a new variety each month?

Fats

To look after your heart health it is important to know your cholesterol levels.  A Bluecrest Health Screening can give you huge amount of information regarding your current cholesterol levels and increasingly importantly your ratio’s of good and bad fats.  In simple terms its best to cut down on bad LDL creating “saturated” fats and focus on eating polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats’ which contribute to HDL levels.

However, in general reducing the overall amount of fat you have in your diet is a good idea and certainly you want to totally avoid foods with trans fats included in them.

Understanding your diet and as well as your current health status can give you powerful tools in the fight against disease.  Bluecrest Health Screening recommends having a health screening at least once a year and potentially twice yearly if you fall into high risk categories.  Once you have information on your current health status, understanding your areas of risk and developing a strategy for reducing risk is important.  Diet is a massive part of reducing risk against cardiovascular disease and cancer.  Exercise is also hugely important – look out for future blogs on how combining diet and exercise is almost certainly the most powerful combination of actions an individual can take to greatly reduce their risk of disease.