There is a muscle that is the size of your fist located in your chest. Yes, the heart. If you are reading this, it means your heart is still working tirelessly to keep you on this planet. Wow. Before you continue reading, just show some gratitude to the Creator of your amazing heart.
The heart pumps blood, sending oxygen to all our cells. It beats 60 to 100 times per minute. When most of the other organs rest, the heart keeps on beating. This muscle is so hardworking, don’t you think it deserves to be treated well? One way to treat your heart well is by having a healthy meals.
Here are a few common foods that are good for your heart.
Avocadoes are great for the heart. They are rich in potassium which is essential for your heart. It is also helpful in reducing cholesterol. Avocadoes are rich in antioxidants that protect your heart and body. It also contains monosaturated fatty acids which reduce inflammation.
Apples are also rich in antioxidants. They contain soluble fiber which helps to lower cholesterol. Apples also contain flavonoids which lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of stroke. You may have heard that ‘An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” Apples are great as a snack and they can easily fit into your bag. Eat an apple, help your heart.
Leafy green vegetables are rich in fiber and they immensely benefit your vascular system. They are low in calories and lower cholesterol levels. Garnish your meal with fresh spinach leaves, incorporate pumpkin leaves popularly known as ugu into your dish or have some broccoli on the side. Vegetables come in varieties and they are friendly to the heart.
Tomatoes are filled with vitamins and antioxidants which is great for a healthy diet. They contain lycopene which helps to protect your heart. Incorporate tomatoes into your meals. Slice them on your sandwiches or boil them as soup and have your heart thank you. Avoid stale tomatoes.
Walnuts are a good source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. Most nuts contain vitamin E and other substances that will help your cholesterol levels. They contain monosaturated fats and also help keep your blood pressure in check. Munch on walnuts as a snack or add it to oatmeal for breakfast.
Next time you want to put something in your mouth, ask yourself if it would be good for your heart.