Other than our brain, the heart is the most important organ in our body. However, we see that there is no real effort done to protect the health of the heart. There is exercising for our lungs and muscles, not smoking for our lungs, and not consuming alcohol for our heart, and while it can be argued that these things affect our heart as well, that would be true, but there does not seem to be anything that we can do to directly improve our heart health. Although in reality, there is something that we can do, and easily so, to improve our heart health, and that is our diet. Eating well and having a balanced diet is the first and most important thing that we have to do for our heart health, but what should we do exactly in this diet? Do not worry, it is not something magical that will throw your whole eating habits away, and certainly not something that you do not see in your everyday life.
The first thing to look for when eating for heart health is to eat green. Meaning you have to eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, and whole green foods. These foods contain different forms of vitamins and minerals that our body needs to function and with the added benefit of having fibers and antioxidants, you have a recipe to prevent heart disease. The second thing is including various foods that are rich in protein. In case you did not know, the heart is a muscle, and no other muscle works harder than the heart. Even when we sleep, the heart continues to work, and what do muscles need the most: Protein. Eating foods that are rich in protein strengthens the heart and decreases the risk of heart attacks. The last, and maybe the most surprising thing that you should eat is fats. But not just any fats, so do not be quick to call your local burger restaurant and order the biggest burger on the menu. We are talking about healthy fats such as olive, sunflower, peanut, and avocadoes. These foods contain fats that our body can use effectively to fuel itself, and not only they do not clog your arteries, but they also help to lower your cholesterol. So what do you think, it is not so hard, right? If you think you can do it, go ahead and give your heart the support it needs by eating healthy.