Every since 1963, February has been designated as American Heart Month. I found an interesting article in Family Circle magazine about eating a heart healthy diet. As I read the article, it occurred to me that many of the foods that we need for heart health are the same as the foods that I wrote about previously for good skin health. It makes sense – the skin is an organ, too.
Both skin and heart need a diet full of fruits, especially berries and citrus. Add some cruciferous vegetables like brocoli, kale, and spinach and you increase the benefits. These foods are Vitamin C-rich, full of fiber, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. Natural disease fighters, eating eight servings a day of both fruits and vegetables will reduce your risk of coronary disease by 20%. Filling up on all those fruits and vegetables will also help with weight control.
Add Pomegranate juice to your diet. It’s a super-fruit and helps to reduce the build up of plaque build-up in the carotid arteries. It’s full of antioxidants, so it helps to fight the signs of aging in every part of your body.
Fatty fish choices like salmon and mackerel are rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids. This helps to reduce your risk of arrhythmias, as well as reducing the symptoms of skin conditions like eczema and rosacea.
Low fat milk products have acidophilus, a live bacteria that helps to promote good digestion. Digestion is important to healthy skin. Milk contains a good amount of Vitamin A which is necessary to good skin health and the Vitamin D reduces blood pressure. The goal is to get 400 mg a day of Vitamin D.
For more information about a heart healthy diet, take a look at the Lifestyle section at the American Heart Association’s website.
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