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The Heart-Healthy Foods You Need

By Brandi Goodman 

Keeping your heart healthy is a great way to improve your well-being overall. When you exercise and eat right to help your heart, you're helping your entire body in the process. Some heart-healthy foods are necessary for maintaining the well-being of this organ -- and yourself in general.

Fresh Fruit From the Produce Aisle

You want to select fresh fruit from the produce aisle. Don't grab the canned versions that are packed in heavy syrup. These are much too sugary and higher in calories than they need to be. The fresh selections will provide more of the nutrients you need. Most can be eaten as is, skin and all. Others can be peeled and diced -- eaten plain or added to a dish to pack in the vitamins.

Fresh Veggies From the Produce Aisle

The same thing applies to vegetables. Don't grab canned veggies. Instead, choose the freshest versions you can find. Most of the canned options contain extra sodium that is terrible for heart health. Fresh versions won't have this concern. 

Foods With Healthy Fats

It's often said that fat should be avoided. That isn't exactly the case. Healthy fats are available in certain foods. They often contain omega-3 fatty acids and helpful antioxidants. Avocados, fish, seeds, nuts, and olive oil are a few that fit the bill.

Whole Grains Instead of White

Fiber helps the heart to function to the best of its ability. Whole grains are a valid source of fiber that work to regulate blood pressure and keep your heart beating well. Make sure you're choosing whole wheat flour, whole grain breads, whole grain tortillas, and high-fiber cereal. 

Protein

Protein helps your stomach feel satisfied. Eat more of it to help your body repair cells and tissues, and your heart thrive. Good sources include low-fat yogurt, lean meats, eggs, and legumes. Fish can also be a valid source. Tuna and salmon are among the top recommended choices. Some of the best nuts are almonds, walnuts, and cashews. 

There are plenty of ways to help your heart, and your diet is one of them. Eat more foods that are beneficial to heart health and see how well this vital organ thrives. Pair a nutritious diet with exercise, drinking plenty of water, and getting adequate sleep, and you'll be well on your way to improving your well-being overall.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Clifton Park, N.Y.

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