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Eating well can help to keep you healthy
Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help to reduce your risk of heart disease. Making changes to your diet, such as having less salt and choosing the right types of fat, can help to control high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are risk factors for heart disease.
The Eatwell Guide is a useful tool that shows us the types and amounts of foods we should eat, and those we should have less of. We don’t need to strictly follow this guide at every meal, but have a balance of food groups over the whole day or week. Following the Eatwell Guide can help us to maintain a healthy weight and get all of the nutrients that we need.
The main food groups are:
This is the Eatwell Guide showing how much of what you eat should come from each food group.
It is also important to keep your body well hydrated. Try to drink 6-8 cups of non-alcoholic fluid a day (water, milk, sugar-free drinks, tea, and coffee count), even if it means an extra visit to the toilet.
If you drink alcohol, limit your intake to no more than 14 units per week, spread across the week with at least 2 alcohol free days.
Note: if you have a heart condition, you may need to limit your fluid intake. If you have been told to limit or restrict your fluids then continue to do so. Speak to your GP or practice nurse if you have any questions.