Beans, Beans, They’re Good for your Heart...
Here are the 7 BEST ways to support your heart health:
Oats are a perfect way to start your morning. They are rich in fibre and can help to control cholesterol as well as keep the arteries clear. Why not add some blueberries to your oatmeal too, as they are packed with anti-oxidants, which can help to reduce your risk of heart disease.
We are all hooked on avocados and you’ll be happy to know that they are packed with heart-friendly nutrients. They contain monounsaturated fat, which balances the levels of cholesterol in the body. Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at Superfooduk.com explains, “Avocados contain potassium and Vitamin E, which supports a healthy heart function and protects our cells against oxidative stress.”
Lentils, chickpeas, and black kidney beans are all rich in fibre and packed with omega-3 fatty acids as well as calcium. Eating legumes may help improve your blood cholesterol, which a leading cause of heart disease.
To give your heart a bit of extra love, try the Nature’s Plus Ageloss Heart Support Tablets (£30.40, naturesplus.com). It contains a nutrient blend of Potensterol, Magnesium, Rejuvabolic, rice protein and holy basil, all of which keep cholesterol levels balanced and counters catabolic decline and promotes revitalization to support a healthy heart function.
4. CUT OUT SUGAR
We all know hard it is to keep our hands off the cookie jar. BUT, did you know sugary foods contain saturated fats that can raise our cholesterol levels. If these foods are not eaten in moderation, then we are more susceptible to suffering with heart disease.
To help you combat your cravings, try the brand new Slissie!
Slissie (£39.99, www.slissie.co.uk) is a lipstick-sized device, which delivers natural appetite-supressing flavours that instantly support anyone that wants to resist the sugary snack temptation. The smell and taste of Slissie is designed to trick the brain into the thinking that our cravings have been satisfied.
Psychologist Corrine Sweet explains, “With a little help from your Slissie friend, you will soon be reaping the rewards for the application of willpower.”
These delicious zero-calorie flavours will soon become a handbag essential!
5. GET ENOUGH SLEEP
The next time you are thinking of staying up later than you should, remember how a full good night’s sleep is good for your heart. Adults who get their hours in at a younger age, tend to have healthier arteries when they become older. Martina Della Vedova, nutritionist at Natures Plus, says:
“Sleep is a significant part of living a healthy lifestyle, and many of us simply do not get enough. Stress, sleep and anxiety are all related. If we don’t get enough sleep we can find it harder to adapt to challenging situations, and when we can't cope as efficiently with stress it can be harder to have a good nights rest. Magnesium is known as ‘nature’s tranquiliser’ and is needed to relax our muscles and nerves, which helps us to fall into a peaceful sleep.”
“To ensure you’re getting enough magnesium try and include plenty of magnesium-rich foods in your diet such as, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, fish and leafy green vegetables. I’d also recommend taking the new KalmAssure Magnesium Powder, by Natures Plus (£24.50, naturesplus.com). This is a naturally chelated magnesium which is very easy to absorb and easily delivered to the tissues.”
6. GET ACTIVE
Doing moderate exercise at least once a week can reduce the risk of developing heart disease. This can also be a good way of boosting your mood and busting your stress! Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading nutritionist and author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar, explains, “Heart rate increases with exercise and that causes blood to move faster through the blood vessels improving circulation.”
7. DO MORE OF WHAT YOU LOVE
Valentines Day is right around the corner! Make sure you spend time with the person you love this Valentine’s Day. Being in the company of people we love is beneficial for our emotional health and your hearts