Eating A Heart Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet will help keep you healthy now and later in life. Part of a healthy diet includes fruits and vegetables and protein rich foods such as chicken, fish, eggs, beans, and nuts. Doctors recommend eating at least 2 ½ servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruits daily. Other foods important in a healthy diet are foods with calcium, vitamin D, and fiber. Calcium and vitamin D will help build and keep bones strong. Doctors recommend eating between 25 and 36 grams of fiber daily, which can help prevent heart disease and stroke.
Foods to avoid or limit include trans fats, which are found in margarine and many fast foods. These fats can raise your cholesterol, which then raises your chances of developing heart disease. Sugar and red meat should also be limited or avoided as it also increases your risk of heart disease.
A “Mediterranean Diet” is recommended by doctors because it involves eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, olive oil, fish, poultry, dairy products, but very little red meat. Eating these foods may improve your overall health and decrease your risk of having a stroke and developing heart disease.
If you have any questions about what diet is right for you, please discuss this with your medical doctor. If you do not currently have a primary care physician, Urgent Specialists can assist you with establishing care with one. Please call or stop by for your NO COST blood pressure check.
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