Dr. Kassam Keeping Your Heart Healthy with these 10 Super Foods
Keeping Your Heart Healthy with these 10 Super Foods
Written By: Dr. Saira Kassam, ND
Early detection and prevention are fundamental in reducing your risk of heart disease! Catching the signs early can ensure you live a long and healthy life. Even if you do not suffer from heart disease, there is a high chance that you know someone who has high cholesterol or high blood pressure. My last article was focused on recognizing the signs and today's post will focus on the simple things we can do on a daily basis to prevent disease and keep our hearts beating and healthy!
Cardiovascular conditions can be positively influenced by lifestyle modifications like reducing risk factors such as, alcohol, smoking or being overweight and promoting healthy behaviours like diet and exercise. Naturopathic medicine has at its disposal a variety of effective interventions for heart disease. Various nutritional interventions including omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B, C, E and minerals like zinc, calcium and magnesium have shown to have positive effects on the cardiovascular system. These vitamins and minerals can be found in the foods you eat every day!
Foods for a Healthy Heart
** Avoid trans fats – Trans fats are found in many processed foods and are made through the process of hydrogenation. These fats can increase the bad cholesterol in the body and increase the risk of heart disease.
Try this delicious heart-healthy smoothie incorporating some of the foods I talked about!
Overall, diet and lifestyle modifications are building blocks to prevent heart disease. Stay active and consume as many of the superfoods mentioned above for your heart. Keep the salt low and exercise high. Make sure to consume your antioxidants, omega-3’s and fibre to reduce your blood pressure, cholesterol and ultimately reduce your risk of heart disease!