You’ve heard all your life that you are what you eat. Eating heart healthy foods directly affects your body’s ability to properly pump blood through your body which in turn helps with everything from weight, to cholesterol and blood pressure. And because the heart works together with other organs (such as the brain), eating healthy will help with disease prevention, such as diabetes and dementia.
What foods are heart healthy? Well, fruits and vegetables of course! You should aim for at least 5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables. They are packed with vitamins and nutrition that you need to keep your body fueled and healthy. Avoid canned fruit with high sugar and syrups if possible. Both fresh and frozen are better options. You should also incorporate fish into your diet at least three times a week. Fish is known to have wonderful health benefits for the brain, skin and heart. Your diet should also consist of healthy fats such as avocados, nuts, olive oil and whole grains. Portion control is also important. Pay attention to serving sizes, eat regularly and when hungry and stop when you’re not, and definitely don’t eat until you’re completely full. Limit sugars and processed foods. If you really have a sweet tooth, try a small amount of dark chocolate which actually falls into the heart healthy category (yay!).
Eating a healthy diet and incorporating regular exercise will keep your mind and body healthy and provide natural anti aging. You will have more energy, look better, feel better, and have a sharper mind. It’s never too late to get started. See your doctor for recommendations on caloric intake and exercise, because your age and weight could really change the best plan for you. It’s guaranteed that once you start on a path to good health, you won’t regret it!