If you’re on a wellness journey and aiming to be the healthiest, happiest version of yourself, then you’ll want to consider more than calories-in versus calories-out.
To have a truly healthy body — one that will give you more energy on a daily basis and allow you to live comfortably into old age — you have to feed yourself the kind of food that lets your body thrive.
And there are a ton of (delicious!) foods you can eat that’ll help strengthen different parts of your body, but little is more critical to a person’s longevity than her heart.
To take care of your heart and keep it working for you for years to come, feed it with some of these yummy, heart-healthy options.
Salmon and other fatty fish are the Holy Grail when it comes to heart-health. This is because they contain a bunch of omega-3 fatty acids, which are shown to prevent heartbeat irregularities, minimize plaque build-up in the arteries (an excess of plaque is what leads to heart attacks), and decrease triglycerides. If you’re not a big fish-eater, omega-3s are also available in supplement form.
Soluble fiber can work to lower your cholesterol, and oatmeal is full of it. It essentially functions as a sponge in your digestive tract, soaking up excess cholesterol and eliminating it from the body before it's absorbed in the bloodstream. Other whole grains like bread, pasta and grits work the same way, provided they contain the entire grain (ie: plain white bread won’t cut it).
Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are more than nature’s candy — they’re like the super heroes of the food pyramid. In fact, according to a recent study, women aged 25-42 who ate more than three servings of berries per week had a 32% lower risk of a heart attack when compared to those who ate fewer.
Yes, that's right. This tasty treat benefits your heart in a very real way. In fact, thanks to flavonoids called polyphenols, eating a little bit of chocolate everyday can support healthy blood pressure and reduce clotting and inflammation. It only works for dark chocolate, though. Other kinds, like milk chocolate, don’t contain those heart-healthy properties.
Nuts, from almonds to pistachios to peanuts, have a whole bunch of heart-healthy fiber, as well as vitamin E, which lowers cholesterol. Even better, some, like walnuts, have a lot of the omega-3 fatty acids we talked about being in fish, so they’re a good alternative if you’re not a big meat eater.
Who knew such yumminess could be so good for our hearts? If you have more questions about a heart-healthy diet, come talk to a member of our staff so we can guide you in the right direction.