February 2011 | Newsletter archives
A Healthy Heart
By Samantha Grant, CN
Since February is National Heart Month, I can’t think of a better time to look at good nutrition.
Especially since a healthy heart is the result of good genes, the right food choices, plenty of physical activity and knowing how to deal with stress.
While you can’t do much about your genes, regular physical activity, making the right food choices and dealing with stress are lifestyle behaviors you can control. And when it comes to heart-healthy eating, there are some simple rules to follow.
Stay heart healthy by limiting foods high in saturated fat, which can increase LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels. Instead eat more plant proteins, fish, poultry and low-fat dairy foods. Cook with moderate amounts of olive or canola oil instead of butter, margarine or shortening.
Some examples of foods for heart health include:
• Beans, peas and barley
• Fruits and vegetables
• Salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel • Red grapes and purple grape juice
• Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts
• Green or black tea
• Onions, scallions, shallots, garlic and leeks.
There’s plenty more you can do to maintain good heart health. Call for a custom nutritional program designed by Samantha Grant.
Our nutrition expert, Samantha Grant helps those seeking guidance to find their path to wellness. She has extensive training in Eastern and Western herbal solutions, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and homeopathic remedies.