Our heart is our most vital organ and none of us can live without it. Everything we do starts with the heart.
From better metabolism to improved stress response and fitness, your heart is in charge. If you want to perform better in ALL areas of your life, start taking care of it now.
Our heart is an amazing organ- it ensures that a healthy blood supply reaches all the organs and tissues to keep them nourished. Unfortunately though, heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women, and accounts for nearly one-third of all deaths globally!
Our modern society- full of stress, poor diet (laden with high amounts of saturated fat, sodium and sugar) and inadequate physical activity- can greatly predispose us to developing heart disease. In addition, other risk factors such as a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, high cholesterol, obesity, and high blood pressure can also increase our risk of developing atherosclerosis (fatty deposits made up of substances such as cholesterol that build up on the inside of the artery walls causing narrowing) which may eventually lead to a heart attack or stroke.
The good news is that a healthy diet and lifestyle play a major role in preventing (and sometimes even can reverse) heart disease! Beneficial compounds and nutrients found in foods can influence certain risk factors for heart disease such as cholesterol, triglycerides, weight, blood pressure, inflammation and blood sugar levels. Novel research is bringing to light the heart healthy benefits of consuming superfoods.
Let’s take an in-depth look at some of the top 5 superfoods that have been scientifically shown to be beneficial to heart health.
Turmeric is a spice that is derived from the turmeric plant. This yellow-orange spice is commonly used in Indian, Middle Eastern, and Southeast Asian cooking. It has also been used traditionally as a medicinal agent in India since ancient times for a variety of conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory illnesses, muscle sprains, injuries, and skin complaints.
Turmeric contains many different compounds, including curcumin, which has been widely studied for its health benefits. In addition to its cancer fighting properties, many studies have found curcumin to support heart health by lowering inflammation, maintaining healthy blood pressure, and improving arterial health. You can get this amazing spice in both Revive Beets and Roots and Immunity Wellness.
Ginger is well-known for its ability to aid in digestion, but did you know that it can also reduce heart disease risk factors and lower inflammation? Studies have found that ginger can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol in those with already high cholesterol levels. Other studies have found that ginger consumption can lower blood sugar levels. You can get this amazing spice in both Revive Beets and Roots and Immunity Wellness.
Beets are packed with essential plant compounds and nutrients that have been shown to benefit heart health. Dietary nitrates in beets are converted into nitric oxide in our body, which help to relax blood vessels and reduce blood pressure to a healthy level if elevated. The fiber in beets can also help with weight loss by promoting satiety and reducing appetite. You can get beets in both Revive Beets and Roots and Organic Pressed Greens.
Chia and flax seeds are packed with heart-healthy nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids (a good type of fat), fiber, and minerals. Many studies, particularly on flaxseeds, have found that adding them to your diet can help keep LDL cholesterol and blood pressure under control. You can get both chia and flax seeds in Pineapple Chia Cleanse.
Quinoa is an ancient superfood whole grain that was discovered over 4,000 years ago in South America. It is rich in essential amino acids and higher in fiber content than refined grains. The American Heart Association recommends getting 3 servings of whole grains per day to reduce the risk of heart disease. Research has shown that eating whole grains can lower LDL cholesterol and support a healthy blood pressure level.
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Also, it’s always a good idea to keep up with routine check-ups with your doctor! Make sure you are getting your blood tested routinely to make sure your cholesterol, blood sugar, and other markers remain in the optimal range. Your doctor may also look at other factors that can contribute to heart disease such as thyroid hormone, cortisol (stress hormone), sex hormones, and vitamin D status. It is also important for you to regularly check your blood pressure and weight. Please inform your doctor of any supplements you are taking or plan to take while on your health and wellness plan.
Dr. Jason Dave
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