Therapeutic Thursday – Heart Healthy

Therapeutic Thursday – Heart Healthy

Therapeutic Thursday - Alzheimer's Care West Palm Beach

With heart disease the number one killer of both men and women in this country, you would think a cure that could dramatically reduce these deaths would be big news. And yet, a change in diet, the most effective remedy, is so simple that most people can’t seem to believe it works.

In that spirit, here are 7 great foods for the heart. But this list is only a beginning. A truly healthy diet features a broad range of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. From breakfast to dinner (and snacks in between) you’re entire day can be heart-healthy! A good-for-your-ticker diet doesn’t have to be bland or boring, as we show you here, with these hearty foods that will leave you satisfied.

Add these superfoods today for a healthier heart.

Oatmeal

A review of 67 studies showed that diets high in soluble fiber, like the kind in steel-cut oats, decrease total and “bad” cholesterol. 

Salmon

Oily fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help protect your heart. 

Nuts

Go for walnuts, almonds, and macadamia nuts, which boast good-for-you mono- and polyunsaturated fats. 

Extra-virgin olive oil

A huge body of research confirms that its monounsaturated fats lower bad cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. 

Berries

They lower inflammation and have a host of other cardiovascular perks, according to a report in the Nutritional Review. 

Beans

In one study, people who ate legumes—like beans and lentils—at least four times a week had a 22% lower risk of heart disease than people who ate them less than once a week. 

Broccoli

This—and other green veggies like kale and spinach—have anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects.

And we’ve added one bonus superfood for all you deserving caregivers

Dark chocolate

A truffle a day lowers blood pressure, but choose 70% or higher cocoa content.

When it comes to your heart, what you eat matters. Remember these tips for healthy heart or take this list with you the next time you go food shopping.

1. Eat less saturated and trans fat. Stay away from fatty meats, fried foods, cakes, and cookies.

2. Cut down on sodium (salt). Look for the low-sodium or “no salt added” types of canned soups, vegetables, snack foods, and lunch meats.

3. Get more fiber. Fiber is in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

For more information, feel free to call us at 561-588-4545 or to click here to download a FREE heart- healthy recipe cookbook right now. Thank you for watching today’s Therapeutic Thursday and we’ll see you again next month!