Three ways to im­prove your heart health

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - HEALTH -

1. Pump some iron: Women lose mus­cle mass and gain body fat once they go through menopause, so add weight-train­ing to your ex­er­cise rou­tine to min­imise your lep­tin lev­els as much as pos­si­ble. 2. Eat for your heart: Limit foods rich in salt and sat­u­rated fat (think pas­tries and pack­aged foods) and in­crease your in­take of ve­g­ies, fruit, whole grains, nuts, seafood, beans and legumes. 3. Limit booze: Ex­ces­sive al­co­hol con­sump­tion can in­crease your blood pres­sure, which in turn ups your risk of heart disease. Ac­cord­ing to the Heart Foun­da­tion, you should have no more than two stan­dard drinks a day.

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