Eating healthily

Heart health is so important, too important to neglect. We need to understand what helps keep our heart working at optimum level.

I know that being premature and being a second twin is the reason I have difficulties with digestion and which is why it’s even more important for me to eat foods that are healthy and that agree with me.

Being stressed also interferes with my digestion, but it’s not always easy for me to know from day to day whether the problem is me being premature, whether it’s food related, or whether it is caused by stress.

When it comes to the heart, exercise can help us cut down on heart problems. Incorporating exercise into our lives at least three times a week is necessary. Certain vitamins and foods have also been shown to be beneficial. Vitamin B not only provides the body with energy: it is also good for the heart.

A lack of vitamin B, particularly B9 and B6, can lead to high levels of homocysteine (an amino acid in the blood), which may damage arteries, leading to heart disease and a stroke. Maintaining the right level of homocysteine in our blood is therefore very important.

Blueberries are an antioxidant superfood that go well with other fruit, or simply mixed with natural low-fat yoghurt and granola for the perfect snack. Blueberries contain an antioxidant called anythocyanin, which may help reduce our risk of heart disease. Blueberries may also help with the ageing process and in the reduction of certain types of cancer.

Eating fish is another good way to boost heart health. Oily fish contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which is beneficial in lowering blood cholesterol. It also has a positive effect on the heart and reduces cardiovascular problems associated with heart disease.

Foods that are high in fibre are also good for the heart, because they contain psyllium, a fibre that helps reduce cholesterol and keeps the heart healthy. Foods such as bananas, apples, pasta, broccoli, cabbage and whole-wheat bread are all good foods containing fibre.

There are connections between and consequences to everything we do, and diet is no exception. Everything should be taken in moderation. A little bit of what we fancy does us good emotionally, but we also need to continue to make sensible food choices.

We must educate ourselves so that we are nutritionally aware. Balance, moderation, being responsible and sensible about our food choices, helps us contribute to becoming more aware and staying healthy.

12 Oct, 2011

2 thoughts on “Eating healthily

  1. Eating a well-balanced diet along with physical activity, not smoking and drinking alcohol only moderately is the foundation of good health.

    I have changed my diet considerably over the years, firstly cutting down on eating animal proteins, and then cutting it out altogether and I am now mostly vegetarian and I love it.

    It’s sometimes hard to know what to make especially if it’s late and I haven’t planned a meal, but if I do plan in advance I really enjoy my diet in the knowledge that I am benefiting, both myself and the planet.

  2. Thanks. Yes, my thoughts too. My own health is better for doing exactly that same thing, I have always struggled with food, as far back as I can remember.

    But my main concern is for the planet. We must all do more to cut back on animal proteins and eat more vegetarian food. This is not a scaremonger tactic, it’s absolutely true.

    Also, eating less saturated fats helps us cut down on blocked arteries and heart disease. It’s killing us.

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