Say yes to a healthy diet; say yes to a healthy heart

Dean Ornish, M. D., a clinical professor and author of the Program for Reversing Heart Disease, says that 99% of heart disease is preventable by simply making changes to diet and lifestyle. In other words, a healthy diet can lower your risk of heart attack.

Start off by having a chat to your GP regarding your family history of heart disease, have your blood pressure checked every year and cholesterol tested at least every five years (if you are at a high risk of heart disease, you will have to check more often than that).

Then start making some positive changes to your diet. Here’s how:

Eat more fish, less meat

Oily fish such as salmon and tuna are high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which reduces inflammation throughout the body, lowers blood pressure and reduces blood clotting.

Try not to eat more than one serving of meat a day. Consider replacing a few servings of meat with hummus and legumes as they are also a good source of protein.

Increase your fruit intake

Especially berries and bananas. Berries are known to boost levels of good cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Bananas are high in potassium, which also helps to lower blood pressure. These are your “super...

29 Nov, 12