Eating for Better Heart Health
By Stepy Kamei
You know the heart is one of the most important organs in your body, so it's a pretty big contributor to your overall health and well-being. However, are you doing all that you can to take the best care of it? Exercising regularly, reducing your stress levels, and getting quality amounts of sleep every night are all key ways in which you can keep your heart healthy and happy. Your diet is also a key factor in determining the well-being of your heart, as well as your whole body in general. Start implementing healthy changes into your dietary routine to keep your ticker ticking to the best of its ability.
Change Things Up With Chia
Chia seeds have been consumed by people of indigenous cultures for thousands of years, but it has only recently become somewhat of a mainstream food in modern society. Chia seeds are chock-full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and they can be prepared in a variety of ways. It's common to add them into your morning oatmeal, or bake them into a homemade granola bar. You can also sprinkle them in muffins or on top of cereal. Chia seeds also contain soluble fiber, which can help to lower cholesterol as well.
Take Some Tea
The vast majority of Americans admit to needing some form of caffeine at least once during the day -- so why not try some tea? Green tea in particular is loaded with antioxidants which protect your cells from damage done by free radicals. This in turn can help to reduce your risk of developing heart disease later on. Try a cup of green tea in the morning instead of coffee. If you're not ready to quit coffee just yet, try green tea in the afternoon for a post-lunch pick me up.
Fat gets a bad rep as being something that's bad for you, but the healthy fats found in chia seeds and many nuts are actually helpful to improving heart health. Walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, and pecans can all reduce a person's risk of developing blood clots thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids they contain naturally. Add mixed nuts to your favorite dishes for an easy way to get more fatty acids in your diet.
Chocolate Is OK Too!
In moderation, dark chocolate can also help your health by providing antioxidants. So feel free to indulge in some dark chocolate occasionally!
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