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30 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

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 I came across a very interesting article in Reader’s Digest. It stated that the death rate from heart disease and stroke in the United States significantly decreased within the last 50 years. 
However, the cardiovascular diseases are still haunting us, and are on an increase due to obesity and diabetes. The article was quite lengthy, so I decided to at least share the list of the suggested ways to reduce heart disease and stroke:
  1. Ride your bike 20 minutes a day.
  2. Eat a piece of dark chocolate several times a week.
  3. Have a beer once a day.
  4. Take a B vitamin complex every morning.
  5. Tape-record yourself at night.
  6. Go to bed an hour earlier tonight.
  7. Eat fish at least once a week.
  8. Eat a high-fiber breakfast cereal at least four times a week.
  9. Sprinkle one ounce of ground flaxseed on your cereal or yogurt every day.
  10. Make fresh salad dressing with one tablespoon of flaxseed oil.
  11. Drink at least two cups of tea a day.
  12. Stir a handful of hazelnuts into a vegetable-and-chicken stir-fry.
  13. Include beans or peas in four of your dishes every week.
  14. Have sex tonight.
  15. Take a baby aspirin every day.
  16. Eat 15 cherries a day.
  17. Eat one cup of beans per day.
  18. Eat an orange every day.
  19. Skip the soda and have orange juice instead.
  20. Drink an 8-ounce glass of water every two hours.
  21. Cook with ginger or turmeric twice a week.
  22. Go to the loo whenever you feel the urge.
  23. Ask for next Monday and Friday off.
  24. Drive with the windows closed and the air conditioning on.
  25. Keep a bottle of multivitamins on your kitchen counter and add one to your breakfast.
  26. Call a friend and arrange dinner.
  27. Pay attention to the basics.
  28. Along with exercising every day, take a supplement containing the amino-acid L-arginine and the antioxidant vitamins C and E.
  29. If you find you’re having trouble getting out of bed in the morning, call your doctor to get tested for depression.
  30. Go to the pound this weekend and adopt a dog.

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