Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Keep Your Heart Healthy; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Keep Your Heart Healthy; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

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MOST people have heard the saying "you are what you eat", and will recognise that your health and well-being are affected by the food you consume. If you''re thinking about your heart however, you should know that other factors also affect your health.

Watching your diet and taking exercise are good ways to start looking after your heart health, and can help lower your cholesterol. High cholesterol is a major cause of heart disease*.

However too much stress, and lifestyle choices like smoking or drinking heavily, are also known contributory factors.

As well as changing some of the foods you eat - switching butter to Flora pro.activ Buttery spread, which contains plant sterols, for example - it''s important to try to control your stress levels whether at work or at home: * Make time to unwind; read, have a bath or do something you enjoy. At work, be sure to break for lunch.

Make time to socialise and talk to your friends * Try yoga or relaxation classes * Learn to say no to more work or demands placed upon you Fred Christelow, 47, from Sunderland, successfully lowered his cholesterol to 4.1 by incorporating the Flora pro.activ Buttery Spread, which contain plant sterols**, into his daily diet and making changes to his lifestyle.

"Until recently, I hadn''t given my cholesterol level much thought but I knew how important it was to be within a health range," he said.

"As I''d never had a test, I decided it was time to find out what my cholesterol level was and after I got the results, I began using try Flora pro.activ Buttery Spread to see if I could make a difference.

"I''ve realised how important it is to eat healthily, as well as being active. Combining Flora pro.activ with my energetic lifestyle has made a positive difference to my cholesterol level and I''m really pleased with the results so far. It''s such a great product and I''ve already begun recommending it to colleagues and friends."

You can keep a close eye on your heart health easily with a few simple screening tests - some high street chemists offer cholesterol testing for example which is a very quick and easy process, and you''ll get your results straight away. …

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