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Benefits Of Eating Heart Healthy Foods
Aspirin: It depends given your past medical history. If you are over 45 you might benefit from a baby Aspirin daily. If you have high cholesterol, having that treated with medication can help reduce your further risk of heart problems. Certainly you want to get adequate exercise most days of the week. There is not enough research to confirm what vitamins to take yet. ...Read more
Not all fat is: Created equal...Walnuts & almonds can be beneficial is reasonable amounts. ...Read more
Fiber and Stanols: 1. Plant stanol margarine (take control / benechol) can lower bad cholesterol by 15%. 2. Soluble fiber products that contain psyllium (metamucil; 2-3 servings/day) can lower cholesterol by 10%. 3. Some soy products like tofu and soy nuts and milk may slightly lower cholesterol. 4. Replace saturated and trans fat (animal/ dairy/processed food) with unsaturated vegetable fat. 5. Cut back on salt. ...Read more
Bake never fry: Vegetables like tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, spinach etc; bake tilapia, salmon, grouper, red snapper, tuna; whole grains; beans; bake chicken;. ...Read more
No solid data: No good randomized placebo controlled study has shown benefit. It can interact with anticoagulants and other perscription medications.Contrary to popular belief "natural" medications can have side effects and interactions.Always let your family doctor know when you are taking supplements. ...Read more
Yes: Sprinting vs endurance exercise. I believe the last studies in exercise physiology showed both are equivalent improving against cardiovascular disease risk. I liked sprinting because is a time efficient way of improving heart health and fitness. I weight lift for 40 minutes follow by 25 minutes elliptical training with burst of brief high intensity aerobic. Love it. In great shape at 52 y/o. ...Read more
Please suggest what foods can be considered heart healthy - what should I eat and what should I avoid?
See below: The basic answer is vegetables and fruit along with fish if you stay on these it will help. ...Read more
I was thinking of fasting 1x/wk for heart health. Is it enough for a benefit? I'm in good health and will drink water. Any addtl advice appreciated.
No. : Not sure if fasting once a week will help but I am aware that fasting is advice by some christians and is mention at the bible. I will advice good diet, exercise using anaerobic and aerobic exercises, keep your weight down, control stress, have a good outlook in life, enjoy your work, enjoy life and do good to others. :). ...Read more
Recently diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia... What foods should I avoid? What foods are crucial to my heart health? Thanks.
I suffer from chronic Gerd. I've drank heavy in the past. I'm 40 and a recent scope showed no Barrett's, etc. if I quit drinking will there be a benefit in cancer risk reduction. If I had a drink a day for heart health benefit is that advise able?
36 M with clean heart health from Jan 2015 (echo stress EKG for anxiety). 22.3 BMI. Is it ok to eat 2 slices pizza once a month. No fried food at all.
Don't see why not: Especially if otherwise healthyGet a more detailed answer ›
For your heart: I think it all depends on how you want to live. Those that eat a good diet generally have happier and healthier lives. Those that don't can spend a lot of time feeling poorly and even worse about themselves. Plus a diet good for your heart is usually good for your brain also. If you don't want to be in a nursing home some day, eat better now! ...Read more
Despite eating healthy and exercising regularly my heart health condition is worsening..what could be the problem..i have hypertension?
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