Are you frantically looking for a few last-minute gifts? Here are some heart-healthy options to consider! These gifts are ideal for stocking stuffers, office gift exchanges or that someone special in your life.
- Electric toothbrush Paying attention to dental hygiene may provide more than a gleaming, healthy smile and lower dental bills. It may mean a healthy heart, too. Gum disease is a risk factor for coronary artery disease. An electric toothbrush makes a great stocking stuffer. Ask your dentist if you are unsure which model to purchase or refer to the guidelines provided by the manufacturer.
- Gym membership or class passes. Gym memberships and fitness class certificates are popular holiday presents. Give the gift of health and fitness with a membership to a conveniently located health club. Or select a fitness class you think that special someone would enjoy and sign him or her up. Add a Yoga mat or water bottle and you have a nice fitness package.
- Nuts. Eating nuts as part of a healthful diet can be good for the heart. People who eat nuts as part of a heart-healthy diet can lower their LDL, or ‘bad’ cholesterol levels. High LDL is one of the primary causes of heart disease. Eating nuts also reduces the risk of developing blood clots that can cause a heart attack. Choose walnuts, which contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids or other heart-healthy nuts such as almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and pecans.
- Cookbook. Whether they’re cooking for one, cooking for a family with kids or looking for a quick and healthy meal, choose a cookbook that best suits your recipient.
- Massage. Stress is bad for anyone’s health, and the holidays can be a very stressful time of the year. Massage therapy is effective in lowering stress and blood pressure, which are contributors of heart disease. Purchase a gift certificate from a licensed massage therapist in your area.
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