Time rolls on and another winter is upon us, we tend to become less active through this season, therein lies the health risks of a less active more lethargic lifestyle.
The importance of exercise and exposure to the health promoting rays of the sun is something we need to be constantly aware of. Exercise supports a healthy heart and cardiovascular system, lowers blood pressure, is fundamental to weight management, healthy muscle tone and can reduce the risk of unhealthy habits. Exercise also has a positive effect on overall wellbeing by putting into perspective much of which maybe feeding stress and anxiety that tends to detract from our overall sense of wellbeing. It is also generally accepted that inactivity and lack of exercise can result in an increased risk of inflammation.
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Some more suggestions of foods to support heart health include wholegrains to lower cholesterol levels and systolic blood pressure, berries which are rich in antioxidants, avocadoes are rich in monounsaturated fats and potassium, to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels, oily fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines and tuna, which are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, supports healthy blood pressure, walnuts are a great source of fibre and micro nutrients like magnesium, copper and manganese may lower LDL levels. Beans contain resistance starch which resists digestion and is fermented by beneficial bacteria in your gut, which may reduce triglycerides and cholesterol levels, dark chocolate which is high in antioxidants like flavonoids; tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene which may lower the risk of heart disease and stroke as well as increasing good cholesterol HDL levels.
Studies have found that eating nuts like almonds and seeds may improve several heart disease risk factors including inflammation, blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides, garlic has been shown to support healthy blood pressure and cholesterol and may also inhibit clot formation, olive oil high in antioxidants, mono unsaturated fats, lowering heart disease and blood pressure risk.