We can live without a kidney, we can live without a lung, and we can live without a gallbladder, too. But, we cannot live without a heart.
So it’s best to learn how to support your heart right now, while it’s still ticking. There are many foods that you can start incorporating into your diet that will help give your heart the support it needs to keep doing its amazing job keeping you alive, one of which is salmon.
Due to its rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, salmon decreases risk for heart attack and stroke by reducing clotting. Salmon also contains short protein molecules called peptides that have been shown to be bioactive and have important anti-inflammatory properties. The fat of the salmon (especially, under the skin), is a great source of vitamin D that helps improve mood. This fish (and all fish in general) are a great source of B vitamins that enhances overall energy. If you are having heart trouble, it would be wise to let this fish swim into your next meal! Here’s an easy recipe for you:
- 5 cups water
- 2 inches of dried alaria (sea vegetable)
- 5-6 fresh shitake mushrooms, sliced thin
- 6 ounces extra firm tofu, diced into ½ inch cubes
- 6 ounces salmon, cubed
- 3 tbsp. sweet white miso (diluted in a small amount of water)
- 2 scallions, minced
Bring water, alaria, mushrooms and tofu to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer 2-3 minutes. Add salmon and diluted miso. Cook additional 3-5 minutes. Garnish with scallions.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.