Heart Health

Heart Health

Heart health is an important way to prevent certain conditions of the heart such as heart disease or heart failure. Heart health is about changing your eating habits and lifestyle choices in order to live a healthier lifestyle. By making the following changes in your daily life and foods you eat, you will be helping to improve your heart health for the better.

Portion Control

The first step to heart health and eating habits is to cut back on your portions. Everything can be enjoyed in moderation so paying attention to how much you eat is vital. The larger your portion and more you eat, the higher your fat and cholesterol will be. A diet high in fat and cholesterol can lead to complications including heart disease. If you want to pay attention to your heart health, then cut back on portion controls. It may take more effort in the beginning but in time you will become familiar with how big a 4-ounce piece of chicken is or what ¼ cup of cottage cheese looks like.

Fruits and Vegetables

You have read it before and here it comes again; you need to eat more fruits and vegetables to keep your heart healthy. This is because fruits and vegetables, especially fresh, have a large amount of vitamins and minerals your body and heart need to stay healthy. They are also high in dietary fiber and low in calories which help to maintain a normal body weight. Vegetables and fruits have substances that can help prevent cardiovascular disease and they reduce the amount of meat, cheese and snacks you eat when you fill up on fruits and vegetables. The best fruits and vegetables for keeping a healthy heart are those that are fresh or frozen, low-sodium canned vegetables, or canned fruit packed in water or juice. You should avoid vegetables with a cream sauce, coconut, fruit packed in heavy syrup, frozen fruit with sugar added, and breaded or fried vegetables.

Whole Grains

Another important food group for a healthy heart is whole grains. Whole grains are a great source of fiber and nutrients for regulating your blood pressure and overall heart health. To add more whole grains in your diet, simply replace refined grains like white bread and white rice with whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat bread, whole wheat or whole grain pasta, couscous, barley, and quinoa. Whole grains to look for are whole wheat flour, high fiber cereal and buckwheat. Avoid white flour, white bread, muffins, and frozen waffles.

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