Heart disease is the number-one killer of Americans. What does it take to keep your heart healthy? I want to outline in this article some of the basic things you need to know, especially diet and in particular the Mediterranean Diet.
The key to a sound heart is lifestyle, not a strict diet, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association. The best diet for a healthy heart is rich in fruit and vegetables, fibre, unrefined carbohydrates such as wholegrain cereals and root vegetables, and low in fatty, sugary foods and that is exactly what the Mediterranean diet contains. You cannot go wrong!
Having a healthy heart is most often a matter of choices. A healthy heart is essential to life a long life. So the first obvious change to make when working toward a healthy heart is to cut the cholesterol, especially that found in meats and dairy foods. Secondly, sodium is something we need in our diets, but most of us eat too much of it. Thirdly, eat a diet low in saturated fat, especially animal fats and palm and coconut oils. Add foods to your diet that are high in monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, canola oil, and seafood. Next you will need to have plenty of Omega fatty acids which are found in fatty fish which are not frequently consumed by many Americans.
These are the ways to keep a healthy heart while at the dining table!
Of course, the other secret to a healthy heart is a healthy regime of exercise. A sound heart is vital to make us healthy and happy humans. Healthy heart valves keep blood flowing efficiently through the heart by opening fully to let blood flow forward to the next chamber and then close to prevent blood from flowing backward
If you have the best diet, but get no physical activity or if you smoke, it is going to impact your heart health. If your diet is on the less-healthy end of the spectrum, start by choosing better meat, see if you can get salmon every week. Don’t think about diet without thinking about physical activity.
And what about lifestyle in general? People who believe their health may be at risk due to a stressful lifestyle, burnout, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, faulty dietary habits need to take action. You will find all the information you need to know about the Mediterranean Diet in the link below to help you keep a healthy heart.