There is a host of mis-information available about what is truly healthy for your heart. General rules of thumb to navigate the quagmire are to think about what your ancestors ate and follow suit. Eat organic to avoid the extra burden on your immune system that pesticides provide.
Beans: Beans are good for your circulation and are high in potassium which neutralizes sodium. (Sodium raises blood pressure.) Beans are low in sodium.
Butter: Selenium, Vitamins A & E are anti-oxidants found in butter which clean the blood to combat too many free radicals from processed oils. *Consume only if organic from free-ranging animals.
Fruit and Berries: Their phytochemicals strengthen blood vessels and they contain heart-strengthening anti-oxidants.
Vegetables: The darker the color, the higher the anti-oxidant content.
Whole Grains: Whole grains provide EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids).
Nuts & Seeds: Nuts and seeds are a good source of EFA’s.
Wild-caught Fish: Salmon and others provide EFA’s. Red Sock-eye salmon from
Eggs: Purchase eggs from free-ranging chickens to ensure EFA content.
*Avoid: Excessive animal protein and dairy especially if not from organic sources, trans fats and unstable polyunsaturated oils (oils extracted from vegetable sources).
HEART HEALTHY LIFESTYLE TIPS
Drink water: The typical recommendation is to drink half your body weight in ounces. Water flushes out harmful toxins and fat from your cells.
Move: Exercise outside.
Deal with your Emotions: The heart is a powerful center for your emotions- acknowledge them and get support to work through them.