Improve Your Heart Health One Step at a Time

Stethoscope and Heart Healthy Foods

If you or a loved one were recently diagnosed with a health problem like high cholesterol or high blood pressure, it might be the wakeup call you need to improve your health and wellness. The good news is, by making some better choices, you can likely improve your condition. Not only can you improve the quality of your life, following the American Heart Association's Life is Simple 7 can strengthen your heart while reducing your risk of having a stroke.

Adopting a good menu plan is one of the more effective ways to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Since many of us get almost half of our daily intake of calories from fat, there has been a rise in cholesterol numbers nationwide. To reverse the process and restore your good health, simply limit fats to less than one third of your daily calories. You can avoid many of the obvious sources of fats but start reading the FDA Nutrition Label on processed foods to determine the exact makeup of saturated and unsaturated fat content.

Since consuming more soluble fiber can lower your cholesterol level, you can start by eating more foods from plant sources. Oats, legumes, root vegetables and fresh fruits are rich in soluble fiber and contain substances like stanols and sterols which can lower cholesterol. Naturally reducing the amount of high cholesterol foods, such as animal fats or eggs, can also have added benefits including weight loss and better weight management.

Stopping smoking is a major lifestyle change that will immediately improve your overall health as well as reduce your risk of heart disease. Although alcohol in moderation can have some health benefits, excessive consumption of alcohol can raise the fat levels in your blood and increase your health risks. To improve your health and wellness, try to limit your daily consumption to a couple of drinks or less. If you would like to learn more about restoring your good health, contact the Metabolic Research Center for a free, no obligations consultation.


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