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DNA Is Not Destiny When It Comes to Heart Risk

A new study shows that the benefits of living a healthy life style outweigh the genetic traits you may carry for heart disease, NPR reports. In fact, people with “bad” DNA were half as likely to develop coronary artery disease if they simply had good health habits, NPR said.

It’s true that no matter how perfectly you eat or how fit you are, there's no guarantee you'll remain heart attack-free, but more and more studies are showing that you can up the ante for a heart attack-free life with six simple factors.

A healthy diet, a normal fat percentage (waist-to-hip ratio), getting at least 2.5 hours of exercise a week, watching TV seven or less hours a week, not smoking and limiting your alcohol intake are those six. With diet, I can’t say enough that you need to reduce, with the plan of eliminating, grains and sugars in your diet. It is vitally important to eliminate gluten-containing grains and sugars, especially fructose.

Consume a good portion of your food raw. Make sure you’re getting plenty of high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fats, such as krill oil. Replace harmful vegetable oils and synthetic trans fats with healthy fats such as olive oil, butter, avocado, organic pastured eggs and coconut oil.

And, include fermented foods in your daily diet. This not only will optimize your intestinal microflora, which will boost your overall immunity, but will also introduce beneficial bacteria into your mouth. Poor oral health is another powerful indicator of increased heart disease risk.
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