It’s February, also known as Heart Health Month! Here’s a few quick tips to help support your ticker.
1. Eat your veggies
I know I sound like a broken record, but research has shown time and again that diets high in plant foods are linked with a reduced risk of heart disease. They help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and provide the body with key nutrients for energy, regular detoxification and repair.
Fiber is essential for a healthy heart by lowering bad cholesterol and blood pressure as well as reducing the risk of heart disease. It also helps you feel full faster and for longer, controlling those cravings.
3. Don’t cut the good fats
Essential fatty acids (EFA) are not produced by the body and needs to be supplied entirely through dietary sources. Omega-3 fats, such as those found in flax and fish oils, have been known to improve atherosclerosis and help prevent heart attacks by maintaining the elasticity of the artery walls.
Antioxidants, such as vitamin C, A, and E (ACES), help protect the body from free radicals that are linked to the hardening of the artery walls. They also help reduce blood pressure and bad cholesterol.
5. Choose low fat protein
Many Canadians have diets high in animal protein, which contains high levels of saturated fats that can increase bad cholesterol. By choosing high quality sources of lean protein, such as turkey, fish, legumes, quinoa, and chicken breasts, you can go a long way to supporting a healthy heart.
Never forget the importance of exercise and laughter! Stay healthy!