Friday, February 27, 2015

Keeping Your Heart In Good Rhythm Is Healthy

As February is coming to a close and in keeping in step with February American Heart month, I’ve outlined a list of the healthiest foods out there – not only great for your heart, but for your whole body. 

Because it is American Heart month, it is appropriate that the American Recall Center be mentioned in this blog post as well. This organization's vision it is to provide its readers applicable information with regard to FDA warnings for prescription drugs and medical devices. They also provide sound medical information from credible sources in the healthcare arena. It's sole mission is to give patients/families a stronger voice in order to alleviate preventable adverse effect of care.  

Lastly, the American Recall Center values its patrons enough to want to provide the best tools for education, trust, empowerment and advocacy.

Now, In thinking about what you and I can prepare for to make every meal a healthy one, an added benefit to the eating process becomes even more powerful when the foods chosen not only are delicious, but nutritious.

I really like to refer to some of the World’s Healthiest Foods, as well as some healthy-food terms that are useful and beneficial. Here is a brief overview of some of the key healthy-food terms you should know as well:

   ANTHOCYANINS: These pigments come from plants and help in protection of the heart. Some foods that contain these plant pigments include: berries, grapes, eggplant, bananas, black beans and kidney beans. 
   ANTIOXIDANTS: These substances help in preventing free radicals (harmful molecules) from damaging our DNA. Free radicals are contributors to heart disease, cancer and other chronic illnesses. Foods that contain these? Berries, artichokes, beans, apples carrots and yes! dark chocolate too. 
   CAROTENOIDS: These antioxidant plant pigments are transformed into vitamin A. Vitamin A assists with vision, lowers risk of heart disease and cancer. Foods containing carotenoids include: A variety of vegetables like raw carrots, sweet potatoes and dark leafy greens.
   ELLAGIC ACID: This plant compound helps with reducing tumors or at least slowing down the process of growing cancerous tumors. Foods that contain Ellagic Acid include berries, walnuts and pecans.
   FLAVONOIDS:  These plant pigments help in fighting cancer. Foods containing these are a variety of fruits and vegetables like blueberries, apples, plums, spinach, nuts, red wine and tea.
   FOLIC ACID: Folic acid is important with helping prevent birth defects as well as being linked to the prevention of heart issues. Foods containing Folic Acid include: beans, legumes, dark leafy greens, citrus juice, fortified cereals.
   INDOLES: These phytochemicals are cancer fighters and some foods that contain Indoles are cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or brussel sprouts, also, spinach, oranges and bellpeppers.
   ISOFLAVONES: These compounds help in maintaining and improving bone density. Foods in this selection include soy products like edamame and soy nuts. 
   ISOTHIOCYANATES: Once again, these compounds help in the fight against cancer. Foods containing Isothiocyanates include watercress, turnip greens, mustard greens, cabbage, kale, horseradish and more...
   LIGNANS: These phytoestrogens are estrogen-like chemicals found in plant foods like flaxseed, other seeds like cashews, whole wheat products, many vegetables like cauliflower, mushrooms and carrots.
   MONOUNSATURATED FAT: The heart-healthy type of fat found in avocados, nuts, olives and olive oil.
   OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS: This type of fat assists with lowering the risk of heart disease. Foods containing these fatty acids include: halibut, herring, mackerel, oysters, sardines, trout and salmon as well as eggs, milk, watercress, brussel sprouts and more.  

In celebrating your wonderful big heart, you can learn more about how to take care of it by choosing The American Recall Center as a helpful resource.

To get a good look at the valuable information you will learn from the American Recall Center, read the quoted section from their recent blog post with CDC recommendations:

"The CDC recommends you take the following steps to help maintain a healthy heart:
  • Get a once-a-year checkup
  • Check and control your blood pressure.
  • Check and control your cholesterol.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Limit your alcohol use.
  • Manage your diabetes.
  • Take your prescribed medications correctly and learn about their potential side effects."

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