ARTICLE AT A GLANCE
In this fast pace of life, we are pursuing our dreams and doing just more than enough to survive. But in this endless contest, some of us are forgetting to keep calm and very few of us have mastered the art of living in true sense. In critical situations, people are known to behave differently. Getting stressed or anxious is a common response which may lead to emotional, psychological, and physical crisis. Responding in a sheer panic driven by some kind of pressure or stress may influence our personality, relationship, and health to a great extent. High levels of anxiety and other risk factors like high cholesterol or high blood pressure are worse for our body. Some studies also show that under stress the blood pressure goes up or there may be some changes in the way the blood clots in the blood vessels, which eventually increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
A STEP CLOSER TO FITNESS:
Having a healthy heart is the healthy way of living and a correct diet in our everyday routine can bring about a meaningful change in our life. ‘Being on a diet ‘or ‘having a diet’ doesn’t mean starving ourselves. It is about eating carefully, eating clean, and to keep eating the right kind of food. Here are seven essential heart-healthy foods and facts that have been recommended by experts to improve our metabolism:
I: Choosing Traditional Eating roots: food good for heart contains vital nutrients like healthy fats and foods that are grown using agricultural methods that can preserve the quality of food are a good way to begin taking care of your cardiovascular health. Good quality butter, properly cooked grain, and prepared dairy, real fermented food like pickles or yogurts can heal our digestive system.
II: A variety of fresh fruits and leafy greens for our diet: vegetables and fruits such as oranges, berries, papaya and tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, broccoli which are a good source of fiber, vitamins, potassium, and magnesium carry heart-healthy nutrients in them.
III: Healthy nuts are the best food for heart: Some amount of nuts such as Almond or Walnut which are low in saturated fat and cholesterol give our body and heart healthy lift. Nuts that are rich in protein, carbohydrate, and dietary fiber lower the factors for heart diseases.
IV: Bittersweet is a cure: Dark Chocolate is included in the heart-healthy foods list. It is loaded with important nutrients that are a rich source of antioxidant that can lower the blood pressure and improve the blood flow in the body. Consumption of Cocoa and dark chocolate increase the level of ‘Good Cholesterol’ in the body. Cocoa, a rich source of antioxidants protects the blood flow from lipids.
V: Benefit of ‘Whole- grain food’: Oatmeal containing fiber, vitamin E, and important fatty acids can be consumed as evening snack or morning breakfast. The antioxidant nature and dietary fiber in oatmeal reduce ‘Bad Cholesterol’ and decrease the possibility of diseases in the human body.
VI: An organic way to shred those extra fats: With the traditional eating system, diet containing millets and cereals are a very good replacement of modern canned or packaged foods. ‘Ragi’ or Finger Millet in our diet can improve our heart health. ‘Ragi’ is gluten-free and rich in calcium. The high amount of fiber in ‘Ragi’ is beneficial for our body, keeping us filled for a longer period. Another addition to your list of organic foods can be the use of olive oil. Olive oil is a very rich source of vitamins and minerals, but more importantly, its low cholesterol levels helps in keeping your heart at check. You no more have to worry of increase your risk to any diseases.
VII: Nutritious way to prevent and manage heart diseases: Doctors recommend having fish that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and other nutrients that reduce the chances of heart issues and keep us healthy. So having those delicious Salmon and Tuna twice a week can indeed benefit our heart and add a new flavor to our heart diet. Although a drastic change in food habits and lifestyle or being calm in difficult situations are quite not easy to achieve, people have come up with techniques to deal with the harshest of circumstances and have learned to work under pressure. Staying optimistic, slowing down, and isolating for a while can positively help us all to find a suitable solution.
● Heart Anatomy: Youtube
● Facts about HDL & LDL: hearttuck.org.uk
● 15 foods that are good for your heart: health.clevelandclinic.org
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