Physical activity and nutrition are an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. At Oxford at Medical Center Apartments in San Antonio, Texas, we do our best to provide our residents with resourceful tips, exercise routines, and even recipes to help them reach their fitness goals. If you’re looking to better your heart health, read on for some helpful tips below!
Because, no matter how young you may be, heart health is something that should be on your radar. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, claiming the lives of one in four people who die in the U.S. Though this is a scary number, there is something you can do about it: open up your arteries with healthy foods that are proven to slow down fatty plaque accumulation in your blood vessels. Here are a few foods you should fill your plate with, to enjoy their heart-healthy benefits.
Whole grains, like oats, are rich in soluble fiber, which has been shown to lower bad LDL cholesterol levels. What does this have to do with your heart? Well, cholesterol can seep into the inner layer of blood vessels over time, resulting in plaque buildup. Eat a serving of oats every morning, and you’ll minimize your risk, while also enjoying four grams per cup of this wonder nutrient.
Rich in protein, lentils are a satisfying addition to any meal. Not to mention, lentils have heart-healthy fiber and contain very little fat. But, what’s really cool about lentils is that they can also protect your body from high blood pressure. One serving contains calcium, potassium, and magnesium – three minerals that can lower blood pressure for optimal health.
Avocados may be fatty, but in case you haven’t heard, they’re rich in the type of fat that can benefit your health! Mono- and polyunsaturated fats, like those found in avocados, help lower bad LDL cholesterol and raise good HDL cholesterol. These exotic fruits also contain a good amount of fiber. So, the next time you’re craving guacamole with veggies or avocado slices on your tacos, go for it!