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.

seaweed_heart michelleFatty 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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