Summer and autumn are the best time to make up for the lack of vitamins and minerals in the body. And if you approach the selection of products competently, you can not only improve your mood and well-being but also strengthen your heart.
What you need to limit?
First of all, it is necessary to limit the consumption of fatty foods. Fatty foods adversely affect blood vessels- they lose their elasticity and cholesterol plaques form on the walls. Modified vegetable fat is very harmful to the heart. It is one of the main causes of cardiovascular failure. Also, people who care about their health should exclude sweets, cakes, cookies, and pastries from the diet that contain Trans fats, which are dangerous for the heart.
According to cardiac treatment hospitals, for good heart function, a comprehensive set of trace elements, especially potassium, is needed. There are a lot of them in fruits - bananas, fresh apricots, dried apricots, raisins, dates, figs.
Almost all fresh fruits are good for the heart. Therefore, in the summer you need to eat as many apples, pears, plums and all kinds of berries as possible. By the way, all dark-colored berries (blueberries, blackberries, currants) not only replenish the vitamin supply in the body and nourish the heart muscle, but also increase the level of hemoglobin in the blood. Pomegranate juice is also good for the heart. But only freshly pressed.
Regular oatmeal and nuts are as good as pomegranate juice. Nuts contain fats necessary for the human body, and oatmeal porridge is rich in fiber, indispensable for the heart. Olive oil has a unique ability to dissolve cholesterol plaques.
Regular consumption of olive oil is a good prevention of strokes and heart attacks. Olive oil strengthens blood vessels and makes them more elastic. But milk and heavy food inhibit the digestive process, which leads to constipation and the release of toxins into the blood.
Do not forget about fish. For example, super-rich omega-3 salmon polyunsaturated fatty acids can effectively lower blood pressure. As per the suggestions of cardiac treatment hospitals in India, if you use it constantly 2 times a week, this reduces the risk of a heart attack by a third. Other types of oily fish are also useful for the heart: mackerel, tuna, herring, and sardine.
Include them in the menu:
Ginger- stimulates blood circulation even in the capillaries, relieves spasms with hypertension and headaches.
Garlic- becomes useful for the heart if crushed. The secret is that the traumatic effect on garlic cells triggers the formation of allicin in them. This substance has a powerful stimulating effect on the blood vessels and dilutes the blood.
Tomatoes- tomato juice reduces arterial and intracranial pressure, so it is recommended to drink it with hypertension and glaucoma (vascular eye disease).
Young potatoes- it contains a lot of potassium, so it has a stimulating effect on the heart and improves the conductivity of the heart muscle.
Avocado- helps reduce blood cholesterol, a source of beta-carotene and lycopene, which positively affect the work of the heart.
Spinach- contains lutein, folic acid, potassium. Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by about 25%.
Soy- lowers cholesterol, a natural source of protein.
Dark chocolate- improves overall heart health, lowers bad cholesterol and blood pressure, and increases blood flow to the brain. The more chocolate contains cocoa, the healthier it is.
Apples- reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases. Apples are rich in soluble fiber, pectin, which helps lower cholesterol, and they are also a source of vitamin C and other antioxidants.