Eat foods high in magnesium
Studies indicate that a diet high in magnesium, can help keep bad cholesterol in check. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, heart health expert, and author of Atrial Fibrillation: Remineralize Your Heart, is a firm believer in this little-touted, cholesterol buster. Magnesium works as a natural calcium channel blocker, acts as a statin to lower bad cholesterol, and improves heart health without the side-effects of cholesterol-reducing drugs, she says. When a person has a magnesium deficiency it can lead to angina, heart arrhythmia, and even heart attacks, she explains. Think you’re getting enough magnesium? Check for these 10 signs you’re not getting enough magnesium.
Keep your motivation up
Keeping your eyes on the (healthy you) prize can help, says Eliot A. Brinton, MD, FAHA, FNLA, president of Utah Lipid Center. “Wake up every morning with a positive thought. Ask yourself what is keeping you motivated. Maybe it’s a loved one, or a personal goal you’ve set for yourself,” he says. Every day, reaffirm to yourself why you are committed to your heart health.”