The Proper Diet for a Healthy Heart



Dr. James O’Keefe, Preventive Cardiologist with Cardiovascular Consultants of the St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, explains the proper diet for preventing Coronary Heart Disease, and the scientific data that proves it works.

Today we live in a society of chronic over abundance. This is when we must rely on a diet that includes natural food, which we are designed to eat. This heart healthy diet includes many fruits and vegetables. The average American eats over 70 kg of sugar each year, our bodies were not designed to intake any sugar. When we eat sugar at the current rate we do, our bodies aren’t be able to run correctly. It is important that we include a full nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Fruits and vegetables will fill you up with a lot of fluid, fiber and calories, but not a lot of calories. Supplements, while convenient, don’t do the same thing for you as eating the individual apple or orange.

Another part of the diet you must think about is what you’re drinking each day. Soda pop is the worst beverage you can drink; it is full of high-fructose corn syrup and can distort your metabolic mileu and hormones. Even diet soda is not very good for you. Water is the most important beverage your can consume, about eight glasses each day. Other great beverages include teas and coffees, which are high in antioxidants behavior and low in calories.

Finally, it is important that you make sure you are getting enough protein. Make sure you are eating meat that is high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and monounsaturated fat while being low in saturated fat and lacking salt, hormones and other preservatives we have been known to put in our meats. It has to be lean, clean protein and it is necessary at least three times per day. Breakfast is the most important time to have protein because it will keep you going all day. Whey protein is another alternative to eating meat. It is great for you and your body will thrive on it.

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