A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, protein, healthy fats & carbohydrates is essential for the overall health of your entire body.
But there are certain foods that lend extra health benefits to specific organs and systems.
In order to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, you must do and eat things that support your heart & all of it’s valves, arteries, ventricles, veins ETC, and reduce your risk of heart disease.
Here are the top 6 foods (or food types) that you can add to your diet daily to give your heart some extra love!
1. Omega 3 fatty acid rich foods:
(ground flax seeds, oatmeal, hemp seeds, walnuts)
Omega-3 fats lower levels of triglycerides in the blood that may contribute to blood clotting. Omega-3s also lower blood pressure slightly and can help prevent irregular heart rhythms.
2. Oatmeal:Foods that are rich in soluble fiber, studies show, can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol.
3. Dark Leafy Greens:
(Kale, Collard, Spinach, Swiss chard)
Dark green is the sign that a food is loaded with the important antioxidant beta carotene and other special nutrients called phytochemicals that are good for the heart.
Beans help bind cholesterol and keep it from being absorbed in the gut. And, as the fiber is fermented, it produces changes in short-chain fatty acids that can inhibit cholesterol formation.
One cup of avocado provides almost a quarter of your recommended daily intake of folate. A high folate intake is associated with a lower risk of heart attacks and heart disease. The oleic acid in avocados can help reduce cholesterol levels as well.
High in polyphenols,which may increase levels of nitric oxide, a molecule that produces a number of heart-healthy effects. One is helping to relax blood vessels, which in turn results in lowered blood pressure.
It just so happens that I add one of each of these to my smoothie every morning! It doesn’t take much to implement good heart healthy foods to your diet daily to keep you feeling fabulous!
A regular exercise routine and adequate sleep are also extremely important parts of a healthy functioning cardiovascular system.
Much love from my healthy heart to yours,