Healthy Diet for Better heart Condition
A healthy diet begins by paying close attention to what you eat. If you are suffering from heart disease, it becomes imperative to maintain a heart-healthy diet.
Feeding your heart well is a powerful way to reduce or even eliminate several risk factors. You need to adopt a nutrition strategy that can help reduce total and LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol), lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, and reduce body weight. While most dietary plans just tell you what you CAN’T eat, the most powerful nutrition strategy helps you focus on what you CAN eat.
Coronary heart disease is characterised by a narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Fatty deposits, or plaques, cling to the artery walls and can clog the arteries, making it more likely that a blood clot will form. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot blocks one of the arteries of the heart. This prevents the flow of blood, cuts off the oxygen supply to the heart and damages or kills the heart cells. You can reduce your chance of developing
atherosclerosis, with a heart-healthy diet. If the artery-clogging process has already begun, you can slow the rate at which it progresses.
You need to also consider situations where you have had a procedure to restore blood flow to your heart or other areas of your body, such as angioplasty, bypass surgery, or carotid surgery. Being overweight is one factor that puts people at risk for heart disease and stroke. People who are obese are more likely to develop diabetes than people of normal weight. Uncontrolled diabetes can damage the artery walls and contribute to coronary heart disease. A heart-healthy diet can help you lose weight or lower cholesterol, blood pressure or triglycerides.
There is no ‘miracle’ food to decrease the risk of developing heart disease. However, you can follow a certain checklist of foods – recommended/avoidable to best protect yourself against heart disease :-
- Avoid red meat, cheese, ghee, butter, coconuts and coconut oil, margarine, liver/brain curry, full cream milk, egg yolk, fried foods, brain portion of lobsters and prawns etc.
- Eat fish of all kinds – rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, help reduce triglycerides and cholesterol
- Eat all types of Vegetables and fruit – rich in anti-oxidants, important sources of folate
- Eat small portions of lean meat – low in saturated fats
- Use saffola oil for cooking
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