Heart Healthy Foods - Heart Healthy Diet
great deal of time and money is also spent on the subject of heart
health, in schools, hospitals, health centers and even government
offices in North America. It is on the minds of so many people and
yet there are still so many preventable deaths and illnesses each
year. So why is this occurring? Perhaps people have become deaf to
all the noise and buzz created on the subject, or perhaps much of
what is being said is confusing people. This article was developed
to help clear up all that noise and fog, and give a simpler guide on
how you can achieve optimal heart health.
New Zealand Black Currant Superfood
If you typed
in the words “heart health” on any online search engine you would
get back over 300,000,000 pages (on Google) related to the subject.
Some of the pages deal with certain heart conditions, others with
exercise, nutrition, “superfoods”, good fats, bad fats, even sex.
But how do you sort out all the information? How long do you suppose
it will take you to sift through those millions of sites? By the
time you finished you would likely have an unhealthy heart from
sitting so long and being inactive. There is an easier way. Eat the
New Zealand Black
Currant as it is the top super food in the world.
Your Heart Muscle
heart is a muscle, and like any muscle it needs exercise. Since it
is a constantly working muscle it needs protein to replace the
protein that breaks down during use. Basically then if you take care
of these two items, and limit the toxic substances in your blood
stream (remember your heart also receives blood to keep it working)
you will likely live a long and healthy life.
When it comes to exercise most anything will do. The key is to do
something that you enjoy. So walk, run, play a sport of any kind, go
hiking, ride a bike, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or
even play hopscotch with your children. You do not have to go to the
gym or buy expensive exercise equipment that will only sit around
the house and collect dust. Use that money instead to buy a ticket
to your favorite sporting event and walk to the field or arena to
watch the game.
Healthy Fruits And Vegetables
I don’t know
about you but I don’t usually have the time to read every label on
food at the grocery store. I go in with my list, buy what I need
(and yes sometimes buy things that are not on that list) and leave
again. You could spend hours in the store trying to figure out all
the fats, carbs, daily intakes but eating does not need to be so
complicated either. Whether your budget is big or small, simply try
and get a variety of all the food groups. If frozen or canned
vegetables are easier to afford than fresh, then buy those. If you
will only let whole grain bread turn green in your cupboard then
find bread you like, perhaps with hidden fiber in it. Don’t spend
money on food items you won’t eat within the next month or so;
having spent money unwisely in that way will only create stress in
your life. Oh yes, stress and
lifestyle is the third thing you need to consider when you are
thinking heart health.
Work Off Stress
lives today are stressed enough on a daily basis; working long hours
to pay the bills, perhaps spending too much money on the latest tech
gadgets, long commutes just to get to your jobs, all of this adds up
to unhappy people. You don’t necessarily need a therapist to help
you figure out how to deal with life’s stresses, or again, expensive
exercise equipment or gadgets to help you “work off the day’s
stresses”; people today just need to laugh more. Yes, laugh. If
there is one thing your doctor does get right it is that laughter is
indeed the best medicine (and actually, so is sex with your loved
one). Science has proven that “feel good” hormones that are released
with laughter, or good sex, do actually have a health benefit; a
heart health benefit.
So you see,
getting heart healthy is really quite simple; it doesn’t need to be
complicated. Get some fresh air, have fun, play, eat a variety of
food with different colors, live, love and laugh. That is all there
is to a happy and healthy life.