What to Eat for Heart Health
The article concerns the following question – What to Eat for Heart Health. When we think of heart disease we may picture a 65 year old overweight businessman who enjoys a cigarette and a bottle of wine. He is indeed a good candidate but there are many of us at risk who do not fit that profile. In the US 600,000 people a year die of heart disease and many developed countries are not far behind.
These people are not all unfit businessmen looking forward to their retirement. Heart problems can hit young as well as old, healthy as well as unhealthy, although people above 45 years of age are more at risk. Some heart problems are genetic related and if there is heart disease in your family it is just common sense to live a healthy life style and to have regular check ups with your doctor.
A heart attack happens when the blood flow to the heart is blocked. This is caused by the build up over time of fatty substances in the coronary artery. This build up is often caused by a person’s lifestyle.
But heart disease is not inevitable and we can do a lot to reduce the risks.
Eat a healthy diet. A bad diet can cause a lot of health problems as well as heart connected illnesses. Give up junk food. Eat a diet low in salt, and remember pre-packed meals are one of the big sources of excessive salt. Check the packets; you only need to do it once to separate good from bad. Avoid cholesterol rich fatty foods. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Control portion size. You can put on weight even with a healthy diet if you eat too much. Use smaller plates and you will eat less.
Exercise. Try to exercise 30 minutes a day either at one time or as two 15 minute sessions. This can be a brisk walk, a cycle ride, a swim, dancing or a trip to the gym. Whatever you enjoy and which makes you a little out of breath.
Give up smoking. Giving up smoking is tough but nothing like as tough as having a heart problem or other smoking related illnesses.
That is all there is to it. There are plenty of low fat, low cholesterol long term diets available. Long term is the secret, you will not have a healthy heart by just losing some weight and then going back to your old lifestyle. Your lifestyle is what you need to change. One of the best long term diets is the Mediterranean diet. This has a history of success and has been the subject of a lot of research.
It does reduce the chances of heart disease. It also tastes good, has numerous recipes you can choose from and even allows you to drink the occasional glass of wine. Looking after your heart can help you lose weight, feel good and look good. It may be the best decision you will ever take.