The Best Plant-Based Foods For Your Heart
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Plant-based foods are key to having a healthy heart and a healthy body because they reduce and prevent diseases instead of causing them. Whereas foods like processed meats, dairy, refined sugar can lead to a number of health issues, including heart disease. So make sure that plant-based foods are the priority on your plate, this month and always!
Here are the top eight foods for your heart:
1. Celery: This crunchy vegetable is great at relaxing your arterial wall muscles, making blood flow easier and thus, makes your heart work less! It also helps to keep blood pressure down. Put some almond butter on it for a delicious and filling snack.
2. Kale: This dark green leafy veggie is still such a trend and for good reason too! It’s filled with a whole range of heart healthy nutrients including fibre, potassium, and omega 3’s! Give kale some love by juicing it or making some crunchy kale chips.
3. Avocado: Avocados are full of heart protecting fats. Don’t be afraid to eat lots of avocado. It contains monounsaturated fats, which help lower cholesterol and improve heart health. Plus, it has loads of potassium, which reduces blood pressure and ultimately leads to a healthier heart!
4. Garlic: This superfood does more than flavour your favourite dish. It’s amazing to ward off illness but also helps to lower blood pressure. It’s good for preventing and reducing hardening of the arteries. It’s best eaten raw to get the full effect and even boost your immunity too!
5. Oats: Potassium, magnesium, folate, calcium, omega 3’s oh my! What else could you want for breakfast? Oats provide many heart-healthy nutrients and keep us feeling full all morning long.
6. Grapes: Think deep purple thoughts. Any fruit or vegetables that have a deep purple colour are filled with antioxidants that reduce inflammation and disease and therefore protect the heart. Let’s fight those free radicals, one grape at a time!
7. Chocolate: Yes, we said it. Dark chocolate can help lower cholesterol but add in the anti-inflammatory properties it has, and you can reduce the risk of heart disease, one square at a time! It’s also a great snack when you’re craving something sweet.
8. Dried Apricots: When you think of dried apricots, you think Potassium. Potassium is essential to the beating of your heart as it helps push blood through all the areas of your body. It’s the key to muscle cell health and rejuvenation. Make sure to buy organic, unsulphured dried fruit!
By eating whole foods you’re ensuring a path to optimal health. Treat your heart (and the rest of your body) right by incorporating as many of these foods into your diet as much as possible. Just remember; always go back to nature – it knows what’s best for your health.