Most people know that the number one health issue in America today is heart disease! According to afcurgentcare.com,"It is one of the leading causes of death, comprisingmore than a quarterof all deaths annually. It is estimated that someone has a heart attack in the U.S.every 43 seconds."So, you have to ask yourself what you are doing daily to make sure that you are doing all you can to make sure your heart's health is at its best! One way we can combat heart disease is through nutrition! The following is a list of some of the best foods to incorporate into your diet to keep that heart nice and healthy.
Leafy green vegetables-It's no secret that leafy green vegetables would be a great and healthy addition to our diet. You can even hear that motherly voice saying "eat your greens, they're good for you!" They are packed with all sorts of vitamins and minerals that are heart-healthy, such as potassium and magnesium.They also have tons of fibre and fill you up so that you can curb your appetite and be less likely to eat something not-so good for you!
Whole Grains-Whole grains are a wonderful way to keep you satiated as they contain lots of vitamins, mineral, and fibre. But you must remember that not all grains are created equal and we are talking solely about whole grain here. According to Mayo Clinic, whole grains are"either present in their whole form or ground into a flour while retaining all parts of the seed (bran, germ and endosperm)." and have more vitamins and minerals than their other grain counterparts. Some examples of whole grains include, oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat bread and pasta.
Omega-3 Fatty acid rich foods-According to WebMD, omega-3 fatty acids are very good for your heart and cardiovascular health as they reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. You can get this naturally in the form of consuming some fish. Some fish that you can include in your weekly diet are, salmon, halibut, sardines, oysters, and anchovies.
Avocados -One would think fat would not be a factor in having a healthy heart, but studies show that foods such as avocados reduce the risk of heart disease as it lowers bad cholesterol. Avocados area also rich in potassium, a mineral that is linked to good heart health!
Berries and Dark Chocolate -For those who have a sweet tooth ,such as myself, would be happy to know that there are sweets such as berries and dark chocolate that can help combat heart disease! They both have antioxidants and have vitamins and minerals that are good for you. Dark chocolate can and most likely contains added sugars so be wary of which one you choose. It is usually recommended to choose one that is at least 70% dark chocolate. The higher the percentage the better the benefits. And always remember, everything is better in moderation!
In conclusion-It is important to pay attention to what we put in our bodies. Our lives and quality of life depend on it! It is also important to talk to your doctor and nutritionist about what is best for your body and needs, as everyone is different!