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Heart-y Nutrition: Better Eating for Your Ticker

Posted on in Brain Injury

It’s not a stretch to say that most of us know someone that is suffering from heart-related issues. Given that cardiovascular disease is the number one leading cause of death in the United States, we could probably make some changes to live heart-healthy lives. For that purpose February is celebrated as American Heart Month, a month for educating and promoting heart-healthy practices.

Heart-healthy foods, such as salmon, not only benefit your heart but can help reduce your waistline as well.

One aspect of American Heart Month education is making the public aware of simple changes that can be made for a healthier heart. So, how can we show some gratitude to our hearts that do so much for us day after day?

A simple solution that goes a long way is to change what you eat. Fat-heavy diets and the obesity that comes with them leads to clogged arteries and other heart issues. Eliminating these foods is easy enough, but finding healthy replacements may be challenging.

Men should try adding fresh fish in place of red meat. They provide the heart with Omega-3 fatty acids which decrease the risk of abnormal heartbeats and prevent plaque in arteries. Almonds and spinach are also wonderful additions because of the fiber and antioxidants found in both of these foods.

Berries, especially blueberries and strawberries, are a great addition for women according to a Harvard and British study. The naturally occurring compounds called anthocyanins found in these berries dilate the arteries and reverse the growth of arterial plaque, allowing for better blood flow.

Switching to a diet that promotes a healthy heart doesn’t have to be challenging, but it takes a little will power and the willingness to try new foods. Broadway Medical encourages you and your loved ones to seek a lifestyle with your heart in mind during American Heart Month and throughout the year!