‘Prevention is definitely the best medicine when it comes to heart health’.
By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND
Healthy hearts are predicted by:
Normal blood pressure (~120/80mmHG),
Balanced lipid profile (Low Total Cholesterol, Low LDL, High HDL, Cholesterol Ratio)
Body mass index between ~18 and 24.
Cardio-vascular problems such as hypertension, high cholesterol and obesity are caused by a perfect storm of poor nutrition, high inflammation and poor immune function. Much of this can be avoided or even remedied with diet and lifestyle.
Balanced consumption of carbohydrates, protein and fat feeds a hungry heart, fights inflammation and balances the immune system. Specific vitamins and minerals are required daily for the heart to function and most of these can be found in food. But what do these ‘heart friendly’ foods actually do to protect our hearts? Whether you are in wellness mode or struggling with cardiovascular issues, understanding how your foods work will help you to make the right choices.