One in four people have cardiovascular disease. If you have lost a loved one to heart disease, you might be at risk, too. However, even if you have a family history of heart disease, you can possibly prevent becoming a statistic by taking these simple and life-changing steps.

Don’t wait until you develop heart disease before you change your ways. Prevention is always better than a cure.

Tip #1: Portion control

Most people feel that they are already eating too little and that they would never survive eating smaller portions.

The truth is that if you are still hungry after a meal, you are not eating the right food. Instead, eat a healthy and balanced meal with protein, carbs and healthy fats twice daily, and also a meal with protein, two vegetables and a grain source and a salad.

Tip #2: More fresh stuff

Your mother told you growing up and your doctor told you the same. Eat your fruit and vegetables!

Fruits will help prevent you from eating high-sugar sweets, and vegetables will help you stay away from fatty foods. Stick with fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits, and stay away from canned foodstuffs as much as possible. They contain some really vile additives that are bad for you.

Tip #3: Stick with whole grains

Whole grains are rich in fiber, and fiber keeps you regular and satisfied all day long. Replace all your white grains with whole wheat – it tastes better and it’s packed with nutrition.

Tip #4: Focus on fabulous fats

Reduce the trans and saturated fats in your diet by replacing butter, margarine and meat fats with canola oil, olive oil, Greek yogurt and trans-fat-free margarine. Remember your essential fatty acids, too!

Tip #5: Choose the right protein

Skimmed milk, skinless chicken, legumes, egg whites and fish are all great sources of lean protein. Some of these proteins are hard to digest for people with digestive intolerance, so they may benefit from pea protein.

Tip #6: Reduce your sodium intake

Reducing the amount of salt you sprinkle over your food is a good start, but pay attention to the amount of hidden sodium in packaged or prepared foods as well.

Tip #7: Say NO to heart attacks

Nitric oxide is a great tool for preventing heart attacks. It is primarily produced in the blood vessels’ endothelium, or lining. There it increases blood flow, prevents fatty deposits from sticking to blood vessel walls, keeps walls from getting too thick and stiff, and prevents the arteries from narrowing.

Nitric oxide helps in many other ways as well …

  • Wound healing
  • Helping the kidneys remove waste products from the body
  • Maintaining immune and hormone function
  • Help with erectile dysfunction
  • Possible blood pressure reduction
  • Improved walking distance in patients with intermittent leg cramping and weakness

Tip #8: Don’t be shy to supplement

One of the main reasons people are unwilling to change their ways is because it seems so difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But supplements can make it easier to do …

  • Eat a healthy breakfast and lunch – it’s great for portion control. You can get additional protein from gourmet tomato soup, protein bars and personal protein powder.
  • Fiber and herb tablets will help you achieve your optimum daily fiber intake.
  • Lipobond eliminates up to 30 percent of the fat from your food, preventing it from being absorbed. This is essential if you enjoy fatty foods.
  • Herbalifeline is a great source of essential fatty acids without the fishy aftertaste.
  • Niteworks nitric oxide supplement is a spectacular product.

By taking action on even one of these tips, you will make great inroads towards better heart health.