Tips for Eating Healthier for Your Heart
You’ve heard it over and over again: eat well, eat healthy. But what does eating ‘healthy’ look like? With easy access to fast food and processed goods, it is more difficult than ever to get balanced nutrition. This is evident by the generally declining health of society. Recent research suggests that many of the health risks associated with stroke can be prevented with proper diet and exercise. Combine proper diet and an LAA occluder, and you have significantly reduced chances for stroke. Below are four ‘tips’ to cultivating a healthy diet without crazy gimmicks or complications. Remember to always consult a doctor or licensed dietitian before making drastic changes to your eating habits.
1) Bring Color in your diet
A balanced diet is a colorful diet. Think colorful as in fruits and vegetables: anything that grows on a vine, a tree or comes from the ground. Often people only get color when they’re popping Skittles or Starbursts. Fruits and vegetables provide essential nutrients to keep you healthy. Also, diversifying a meal with greens is a great way to reduce the amount of meat and carbohydrates consumed.
2) Cut back the garbage
There is never a shortage of garbage in the American diet. Our food is riddled with sodium, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, sugar, fat and cholesterol. Excessive amounts of sodium, fat and sugar have been tied to obesity and high blood pressure. Cholesterol over time clogs arteries and significantly increases chances of blood clots. It won’t happen overnight, but try to limit the ‘garbage’ in your food. This will make you happier and healthier.
3) Drink lots of water
Studies show that water helps increase metabolism and suppress hunger. Many times people feel hungry when they are actually just dehydrated. Take your body weight and divide that number in half. That is roughly how many ounces of water you should drink in a day. If you weigh 200 pounds, you would ideally drink 100 ounces of water. Replace soda and sugary juices with water over time. Proper hydration is key to maintaining a healthier diet.
Ultimately a healthy diet is about self-control, or regulating what is put into the body. Self-control also means properly exercising and promoting health in all areas of life. Without self-control, many of healthy choices will simply be ignored and replaced with unhealthy ones. Make every day an opportunity to eat better and live better. Replace fatty snacks with fresh fruits and vegetables. Don’t order fries next time at the drive through and order some fresh salad. Find a hobby that is physically challenging and makes you sweat for an hour each day. Add self-control with will power, and you have the recipe for significant life changes.
The American diet is abysmal at best. At worst, it is a very key contributor to obesity and stroke. Fight the trend and reduce your personal risk by eating healthier. Remember to always consult a physician before making significant changes in diet or exercise routine. At Coherex we are developing the LAA occluder to reduce stroke risk in atrial fibrillation patients and pave a better future.