Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. With February being Heart Health Month, we wanted to do our part in lessening the amount of people affected by this horrible disease.
“Heart disease is often preventable,” SouthCoast Health Cardiologist Dr. Roy Flood said. “One of the biggest ways to do so is by looking at your daily habits. Ask yourself if what you are doing right now is actively contributing to a healthy lifestyle.”
For many, that is easier said than done, especially when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. To make it easier, we’ve broken down which foods to reach for and which to avoid on your journey to ideal heart health.
Foods to Reach For
The biggest goals to strive for when eating for heart-health is ensuring all major food groups are appropriately represented in your daily diet.
If you take the things listed above and implement them in your day-to-day meal prep, you’ll be giving your heart the health and love it needs.
Foods to Avoid
If you want to keep your heart happy and healthy, then there are certain foods you should always try to avoid. In general, it’s a good rule of thumb to avoid food items high in calories but low in nutrients.
We totally understand that sometimes it’s hard and overwhelming to avoid all of these items. It’s okay for these to slip into your diet every once and a while. Just be moderate in your consumption but also remember to enjoy yourself every once and a while. The bottom line is: strive but don’t stress.
If you have any more questions or are worried about your heart health, click here to schedule an appointment with a SouthCoast Health physician today!
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