Thursday, May 31, 2012
5 Foods to live by: Improve your heart, improve your life!
Everyone wants to live a healthy, long life; but, few know just how easy it is to do. When you hear the word “wellness” you may be thinking “unattainable”. Doesn’t it sound like a lot of rules and tricks to live by? In truth, “wellness” is a connection of several things – of which, the heart is at the center.
One of the most important routines we can put into practice each day is to discipline what we feed our heart, making certain it represents healthy food choices. Why? Our heart pumps our blood and is the most vital organ we possess. When we feed our heart poor choices, we stop it from performing for our overall wellness.
It’s actually much easier than you may realize to “feed” your heart just a few simple things each day to help "it" help "you" live a long and heart-healthy life.
#1: Omega 3 Fatty Acids (think oily fish, like Salmon, or Olive Oil).
*Helps keep our HDL and LDL cholesterol levels in balance
*Reduces the risk of blood clots
#2: Soluble fiber (think Oatmeal)
*More targeted to keep LDL cholesterol levels low
*Helps with your overall digestive system
#3: Phytochemicals (plant foods)
*Contain Antioxidants (God-made natural medicine for our bodies)
*Helps rebuild, renew and restore our cells and rid our bodies of toxins
#4: Vitamin E foods (Almonds, nuts)
*Assist with balancing cholesterol
*Provides “fiber” (which helps keep us feeling “satisfied”) while keeping our blood sugar levels balanced
#5: Whole gains (brown rice, whole wheat bread)
*Provides the fiber and nutrients our bodies need
*Helps keep our “salty, sweet” cravings in check
Lean meat (i.e. Turkey, Chicken) and fish (mostly oily fish), along with plant based food are the best diet for the heart. Eat from these groups and you’ll be doing your heart a favor.
Quick Tips for Wellness: It’s easier to keep your heart healthy than to get your heart healthy!
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