How You Can Keep Up a Healthy Heart

What if the answer to excellent heart health was locked into just a few foods? Well, almost. Other smart decisions are also needed to keep your ticker in tip-top shape.

Eat Your Way to a Healthy Heart

There are so many delicious foods out there to get you on the way to a healthy heart. The following list is but a small snippet of the heart healthy foods out there, as long as you incorporate them every day and don’t go overboard they will go a long way in keeping you healthy.

  • Fish and flaxseeds are high in omega-3s, try salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, and trout. Flaxseeds also contain fiber and phytoestogens, which are great for your heart.
  • Berries are full of heart-healthy phytonutrients and soluble fiber.
  • Dark beans like kidney or black beans are high in fiber, B-vitamins, minerals and other healthy goodness.
  • Asparagus is filled with beta-carotene, folate and fiber, and they are low in calories, only 5 calories per large spear.
  • Bonus: Dark chocolate that is at least 70 percent cocoa is also good for your heart.

What to Avoid

Having a strong heart means you’ll need to give up some bad habits.

  • No smoking – Smoking is one of the top controllable risk factors for heart disease.
  • Obesity – Overweight and obese people are at the highest risk of preventable heart disease.
  • Sodium – Having a little is fine but it’s best to do without when possible.
  • Staying stationary – Couch potatoes and people who sit at a desk all day are not helping their blood fats or blood sugar.

Drinking between one and three cups of green or black tea a day and doing interval training have also been linked to lower risks of developing heart disease.

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