Human heart is always busy working to protect us. Hence, ensuring its optimal functioning is of utmost importance. Here are 11 simple tips to strengthen your heart health.
Whole grain cereals are vital
Include whole grain cereals such as whole wheat, brown rice, jowar, bajra, and nachni in your diet, since they are good for your heart.
Drink a glass of ‘green juice’ regularly
It could be wheatgrass, mint or coriander juice but drinking one of these daily helps detoxify your body, aids in weight loss, and makes your heart healthier. According to Chinese medicine, green juices are highly beneficial to the liver. The liver is the main organ involved in metabolism of fats. A toxin-free liver is your passport to better heart health. Apart from being heart friendly, green juices enrich the blood, treat anemia, eliminate bad breadth and body odour, remove drug deposits, counteract toxins, and thin and purify the blood.
Your diet should contain 1/4th vegetables
At least 25% of your diet should comprise of vegetables other than potatoes. Vegetables are rich in soluble fiber and help lower blood cholesterol.
Fruits are helpful
Alsi seeds for a healthy heart
Have 2 tablespoons of alsi-seed-powder daily (ground flaxseed), it is fabulous for your heart. Rich in Omega-3 fats, alsi helps increase HDL levels (good cholesterol) and thus, reduces the heart-risk ratio.
Make garlic your best friend
Eat 2 chopped garlic cloves since it is a vasodilator and helps lower blood pressure. Moreover, its antioxidants protect against cancer. It also has blood-thinning properties.
Include foods that fight blood clots
If you are already suffering from heart disease, include raw onions, ginger, black mushrooms, garlic, and green tea in your daily diet since these foods help to fight blood clots.
Eat black or green channa
In case you already have CAD, consume a bowlful of black or green channa boiled and tossed with salad and a teaspoon of olive oil as dressing regularly. It contains soluble fiber, which brings down cholesterol and folic acid and reduces homocysteine levels, high levels of which are implicated in heart disease.
Having vitamin E will help
Vitamin E helps prevent LDL oxidation. Required dosage is between 200-400 mg daily or you can consult your physician.
Nothing can substitute exercise
Regular brisk walking for 30-40 minutes will not only bring down the cholesterol levels, but will also help you lose weight and stay fit.
Say ‘NO’ to sugar
Ensure that you restrict your daily sugar intake as far as possible. It will help control the blood sugar levels, while ensuring you don’t put on more weight.
So follow these simple and healthy tips to better your health health and enjoy a healthier life!