Being Smart About Your Heart

Just because your family history might include heart disease does not mean you are doomed to the same fate. Using a little bit of know-how about healthy eating and living can go a long way toward fighting and preventing heart disease.

Choose High Fiber Foods

You may have been brought up on puffy white bread, but that does not mean you have to eat it now that you’re all grown up. Instead, choose hearty whole grain wheat breads. The more dense or roughly ground the wheat, the better the bread is for your heart and gastrointestinal tract. Also, eat whole grain cereals, such as steel-cut oats or instead of white rice, have quinoa. Both oats and quinoa are heart-healthy alternatives.

Choose Healthy Alternatives

When you are treating yourself with a dinner out, you might think you are being healthy by eating a big salad with your dinner. However, if you top it off with a cup of creamy blue cheese or ranch dressing, you have just canceled out any benefit from that “healthy” salad. Instead, choose salad dressings that are oil-based, such as balsamic or raspberry vinaigrettes. Another option is to drizzle a little bit of olive oil and lemon juice on your salad. It will bring out the flavor of the salad ingredients and make your heart happy too.

By just taking a few steps to eat healthier, you can improve your heart-health dramatically. If you add moderate daily exercise, you will see even greater improvements. Being heart-smart is not all that difficult if you know what to do and do it every day.

– The Alternative Daily

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