Improving Your Heart Health
Reduce Cardiovascular Risk
Your heart health is very important. Sodium, saturated fat, and sugar cause serious heart ailments, including death. Eating a healthier diet is proven to reduce this risk, even restoring your heart from heart disease and cardiac damage.
Too Much Sodium Increases Blood Pressure
Sodium is both good and bad for the body. Sodium helps with nerve and muscle function and helps to balance the fluids in your body (Medline Plus). 90% of Americans consume too much sodium which increases blood pressure (blood pressure related deaths are around 500,000 annually) and puts people at risk for heart attacks and strokes (CDC). Too much sodium will attract an excess of water into your bloodstream, increasing the blood volume (high blood pressure), and is not always associated with salt, it can be tasteless which is why it is very important to check the labels (FDA).
I had no idea sodium was good for the body. I always thought it was bad and associated with high blood pressure.
Saturated Fat Raises Your Cholesterol
Saturated fat puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke because too much raises your LDL cholesterol (American Heart Association). Changing your diet and exercise are key to lowering your cholesterol. Maybe substitute foods high in saturated fats, like meat, with foods high in good healthy fats like fish. Artichokes and walnuts are both natural foods that significantly lower LDL cholesterol. Walnuts contain zero sodium as well.Cholesterol is good and necessary for your body to perform neurological functions, produce vitamin D, essential for cells, digest fats, and produce hormones.
Sugar Increases Risk of Death from Cardiovascular Disease
Plant-Based Diet Reduces Heart Attack Risk
Modified Citrus Pectin Reverses Heart Disease
Works CitedCDC. “Sodium.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9 Dec. 2019, www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/sodium.htm.