Start feeding your heart the foods it needs to stay healthy!
By Nasar Ali, Sep 29 2013
Unfortunately, in today’s world, many people find themselves suffering from heart disease- but what people don’t often realize is that a healthy diet really can lower the risk of another heart attack or stroke, considerably.
A ‘heart-healthy diet’ consisting of fruits, vegetables, fish and nuts can really help those already suffering from heart disease- and help prevent heart disease in those who do not suffer from it.
Many people suffering from cardiovascular disease tend to think that the medication they take will be enough to control their disease; however, following a heart-healthy diet can make a lot more difference than medication alone.
A recent study shows the following results, regarding people who ate the most heart-healthy diet:
- 35% lower risk of heart or stroke-related death
- 28% lower risk of heart failure
- 19% lower risk of stroke
- 14% lower risk of heart attack
With all the knowledge we now have regarding our diets and how eating certain foods can really improve our health- we should all be able to make the necessary changes in order to ensure we are doing what we can to keep our bodies as healthy as possible. It’s not enough to rely on medication to help control problems we have with our bodies- feeding our heart and the rest of our body the foods it needs to stay in the best shape should be our number one priority.
We all know that eating a healthy diet can help prevent many diseases; however, even people who have high blood pressure and high cholesterol or who have suffered from a stroke or heart attack can really help prevent the same from recurring by changing their diet in the following ways:
- Eat whole-grain cereals with at least 5 grams of fibre
- Use spreads made with olive oil, canola oil, or other monounsaturated fats instead of butter
- Fruits and veggies should take up at least half of your plate at meal times
- Fish should be eaten at least twice a week
- Substitute salt for a herb or spice for seasoning
If you look at the above changes- they are minor and require very little effort on our part- so go ahead and start feeding your heart the foods it needs to stay healthy.