The heart is a complex organ that pumps about six quarts of blood through the body every minute. This vital circulatory process oxygenates the tissues and carries carbon dioxide and waste to the lungs for removal through our breath. Every single cell relies on proper functioning of the heart to stay alive, which makes heart health essential for overall health.
What you need to know? High cholesterol, high blood pressure, excessive weight gain, insulin resistance, cigarette smoke, and chronic inflammation can all weaken the heart and lead to serious heart conditions and diseases.
The good news is, there are many ways you can take care of your heart and improve its health. One of the best things you can do is adopt a heart-healthy diet, including monounsaturated and omega-3 fats, plant-based sources of fiber and protein, and nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables.
The benefits of a heart-healthy diet are plentiful. Consuming real, whole foods can naturally help:
Well Within Beauty outlines five plant-powered foods for heart health and total wellness.
Steam broccoli for 3 to 5 minutes or until just tender, then season with olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt. Enjoy raw broccoli florets with hummus. For an easy and elegant dish, try Well Within Beauty’s recipe for Broccoli with Pasta, Olives, and Capers.
Turmeric is commonly used to prepare Indian curries and Moroccan tagines. It also lends a beautiful golden color to vegetables and grains. Search the Internet for recipes that feature turmeric for a nourishing weeknight meal. In addition, you can simmer turmeric and ginger with water to prepare a healing tea, or juice it to use in your green juices and smoothies.
Enjoy whole blueberries for a refreshing snack. Add them to smoothies and oatmeal. Or combine them with other berries to create a colorful fruit salad, and finish with a dollop of coconut whipped cream, if desired.
Sprinkle flax and hemp seeds over steamed vegetables and cooked oats, or add a few tablespoons to fruit smoothies. Look for recipes like overnight chia and oats or chia seed pudding for a wholesome breakfast or dessert.
Avocado is incredibly versatile. It can be peeled, chopped, and added to salads, smoothies, soups, and desserts, lending a creamy and rich texture. Mashed avocado can also be enjoyed as a dip or spread on sprouted toast.
In addition to consuming nutritious, heart-healthy foods, here are more ways you can protect your heart:
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