Studies have shown that obesity and being overweight can increase your risk of having heart problems including stroke, heart disease and heart attacks. High blood pressure is a major risk for those overweight because it contributes to strokes and heart disease, the leading causes of death for both women and men in the United States. Heart monitoring can help doctors determine your risks for certain heart conditions, but keeping healthy can also promote heart health. Losing weight doesn’t have to be difficult, and even losing 10 pounds can decrease your blood pressure and reduce your risk of a heart attack. Here are some super foods that you can incorporate into your diet that can help you start losing weight.
Berries: Virtually any type of berry is considered to be super food. Blueberries especially are high in antioxidants and vitamins and are a good source of fiber. They contain special compounds that also help reduce the risk of heart disease and cholesterol.
Salmon: Omega 3 fatty acids in salmon helps strengthen your cardiovascular system while reducing your risk of heart disease. Salmon is also a great source of protein and contains tons of healthy vitamins. Make sure you opt for wild caught salmon, which is more rich in nutrients than farm raised salmon.
Beans: Beans digest slowly and contain large amounts of fiber, both of which make you feel fuller for longer. They also contain as much protein as some meats, and have the added benefit of fiber, which helps you lose weight, reduce cholesterol, and reduce risks of a heart attack.
Oats: Oats can be used in a variety of ways, most notably for breakfast. Adding fruits can liven up the flavor and provide for a heart healthy breakfast. Oats contain fiber that helps lower cholesterol and reduce the risks of heart disease while promoting weight loss and controlling blood sugar.
Avocado: These super fruits have the most fat of any fruit which may sound like a bad thing, but the fat from avocados is actually good for you. Monounsaturated fats are good for your heart and great at lowering bad cholesterol.
Eating these heart healthy foods can help you lose weight while promoting a healthy heart.ReactDx provides doctors with state-of-the-art cardiac monitoring services that help promote a healthy lifestyle with informative data that lead to faster diagnoses. Call us at 1-800-23-HEART to learn more about our heart monitors and how they can help you.