As the saying goes, “You are what you eat”. Obviously, healthy nutrition will lead you to a healthy life. If you have heart disease you are probably well aware that a healthy diet is very important when treating the disease. The number one killer in America is heart disease and in most cases, the condition can be either reversed or at least controlled by adopting a healthy diet. There are factors that are uncontrollable that can increase your risk of heart disease such as heredity, however, many of the factors can be controlled.
An interesting study revealed that 8 out of 10 causes of death in America can be linked to food or alcohol. This clearly shows us that your lifestyle plays an important role in influencing how risky you are of getting heart disease.
A big reason heart disease is the number one killer can be linked to the diet that many people in the Western world are eating. The popularity of fast (junk) food and processed food has increased hugely with many people consuming this stuff every single day of their lives. This food tastes delicious and that is one of the many reasons it becomes addictive. This type of food offers the body little to no healthy nutritional value. However, it offers the body an abundance of saturated fat. This is the stuff that clogs up arteries and is a fast train to a heart attack.
The best way to cut the risk to manage the condition is to eat a healthier diet. The thing is you do not have to make drastic changes. Even a few minor changes can make a real difference. It is about making the right choices when it comes to the food that you eat. The whole point of food is to offer the body the energy it needs to move. It also plays a vital role in maintaining and repairing the body. It is not there just to fill you up.
The following are a few ways to help you make the right choices:
- Fruit and vegetables: Fresh organic fruit is highly nutritious. They give the essential healthy nutrients and natural fiber the body needs to work and keep up its overall health and vitality. These natural foods are also low in sodium and fat which means they do not raise your blood cholesterol levels. They are also a natural source of carbohydrates which is the fuel the body needs to produce energy.
- Wholegrain foods: Studies have revealed that diets that are lacking in whole grains are linked to a higher risk of heart disease. Wholegrain foods are found in brown bread, brown rice, and pasta. It is recommended that you should eat around 25 grams of fiber from natural foods daily.