Eat a hearty-friendly food
First off, what is a heart–friendly food? We hear so much about what not to eat when it comes to heart health, we sometimes forget that some foods contain nutrients that can help your heart. (Ask your healthcare professional for suggestions.) Olive oil, for example, when replacing saturated fats in the diet can help with bad cholesterol levels. (Walnuts, almonds, and other nuts can also help lower the “baddies.”) Anything with Omega–3s, both ALA and DHA: Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, herring, and sardines; flaxseed; soybeans; and those foods’ oils all pack a dose of this heart-friendly ingredient. Whole grain oats and barley are great grain picks (oats and barley both contain soluble fiber that has been shown to lower bad cholesterol). Today, challenge yourself to focus on what you should eat that will help your heart, not just what you shouldn’t eat.
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