Hey you! Do you know what you should be doing this World Heart Day? Learning about the advantages of Important Heart Superfoods and how to introduce them into your daily diet!
Superfoods have always been around for years now; we just didn’t call them by the term. It’s common knowledge that a good diet plan means a good healthy heart, so we decided to lend you a helping hand and list out 4 Heart Superfoods that will let you live a happy long healthy life! This World Heart Day, say yes to health and a no-no to a trip to the hospital! Here you go.
The good olâ€™ leafy greens
They might be an acquired taste, but you can always get creative. Try adding them in soups, salads, stir-fries, curries, even some types of rice, and you’ll see a change soon. They’re common, they’re affordable, and there are a million variants out there for you to experiment with. Here are a few types you could pick up – Kale, broccoli, Bok Choy, and of course, spinach. So go ahead, saute, boil, stir-fry, or roast away, but make sure you eat those greens!
The good fatty fats
We’re talking salmon, nuts, seeds, and the likes. Seeds & nuts have mono and poly-unsaturated fats/fatty acids (MUFA & PUFA) that improve your cholesterol. This can prevent heart diseases and strokes. On the other hand, salmon is particularly rich in omega-3 fatty acids that decrease arrhythmia. You know what they say, teach a man to fish and then feed him the fish twice a week to prevent a cardiac arrest! Trust us, nothing fishy about a good pan-fried fish with a bit of garlic, butter, rosemary, and lots of love.
The Berry Best Food
The berry-heart affair seems to be going pretty strong. Flavonoids in blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, acai berries, and others dilate blood vessels and increase circulation by lowering blood pressure. They also are rich in antioxidants which protect against inflammation of the heart and enhance the function of arteries. Eat them like a snack, or a low-calorie dessert, by adding them fresh or frozen to other high-nutrition foods such as yoghurt and salads!
Avo-Cardio It Is
An Avocado a day keeps the cardiologist away! Just one, okay? Avocados contain fiber, potassium, and magnesium, all of which boost cardiovascular health. They’re also high in mono and poly-unsaturated fats (the healthy fats) and help lower LDL and raise HDL levels. Too technical? It’s okay; just remember to let your taste buds enjoy guacamole because apparently, your heart loves it too! Spread it on a toast, mix in a smoothie, add it to your taco or simply make a shakshuka with it (with spinach, please, you’ll love it!).
Oh, fun fact? Don’t shy away from dark chocolate. Having a square or two could reduce heart attacks and strokes for high-risk people! Don’t let anyone tell you better; reach for that coveted block, but also remember to share. If you’ve other superfoods you’d like to tell us about, pen it down in the comment section below!
Don’t have time to hit the gym? That’s okay; start with some basic yoga from the comfort of your home. And hey, if work’s got you stressed out, learn more about how to let go of that stress. Remember, a healthy heart makes for a happy life!