Here are 5 tips to maintain a healthy heart and 6 tasty Progressive recipes to help you along the way!
1) Eat your veggies.
Research has shown time and time again that diets high in plant foods are associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. Vegetables help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and provide the body with key nutrients for regular detoxification and repair.
2) Don't cut the good fat.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) cannot be produced by the body and must be supplied entirely from dietary sources. Omega-3 fats, such as those found in fish oi, have been known to improve or reverse atherosclerosis and help to prevent angina, heart attack and stroke by maintaining elasticity of artery walls.
3) Protect yourself with antioxidants.
Antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, help to protect the body from the free-radical damage that has been linked to the hardening of artery walls. They also help reduce bad cholesterol and high blood pressure.
4) Choose low-fat protein.
Many Canadians have diets high in animal proteins, which contain excessive saturated fats that can increase bad cholesterol. By choosing high quality sources of low-fat protein, you can go a long way to supporting a healthy heart.
5) Up your fiber.
Fiber is an essential player in a healthy heart by lowering bad cholesterol and blood pressure as well as reducing the risk of heart disease. It also helps you feel full faster and for longer, so you eat less of the wrong foods.