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 to support your heart right now, while it’s still ticking.
Here are my Top 5 Foods to include in your diet to give your heart the support it needs to keep doing its amazing job keeping you alive.
#1 Garlic (Allium sativum)
- Diaphoretic (induces perspiration)
- Hypocholesterolemic (lowers blood cholesterol)
- Cholagogue (promotes the flow of bile)
- Hypotensive (lowers blood pressure)
Garlic is widely known for its use on cardiovascular health. It inhibits bacterial growth, parasites and viruses that can promote heart disease.
Being diaphoretic (inducing perspiration), it naturally helps to reduce blood pressure, which is a major contributor to heart disease.
You can eat garlic raw, pickled or cooked. Any way you want it, just get it into your body!
#2 Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinales)
- Carminative (gas relieving)
- Emmenagogue (stimulates blood flow)
- Rubefacient (increases circulation to the skin)
Due to it’s antispasmodic and carminative properties, rosemary has a calming effect on digestion. Many people suffering with heart conditions also suffer with digestive trouble (gas, bloating, indigestion, heartburn).
Adding rosemary into your recipes helps counter those uncomfortable digestive issues.
Rosemary also improves overall circulation, and you need that for good blood flow to the brain and heart.
Plus, rosemary ointment (rubbed on the chest) is listed in German pharmacopeia and used for heart complaints. If you don’t like the flavor of rosemary, you can simply rub this herb on your body to receive its heart-healing benefits.
But, if you’re like me and you love rosemary and you love garlic… try these delicious Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Potatoes.
#3 Dandelion (Taraxacum officinales)
Dandelion leaf is not only a natural diuretic, but it’s also rich in potassium so it’s safe to use with water retention related to heart problems (edema).
As a hepatic and cholagogue, dandelion is helpful in reducing congestion and inflammation in the liver, which is imperative for heart health.
The liver works to detoxify the blood that is put into circulation.
As a bitter herb, dandelion releases excess heat to cool the body. Chill your internal heat with this Marinated Dandelion and Cabbage salad.
#4 Wild Salmon (Oncorhynchus)
Salmon is rich in:
- Omega 3 fatty acids
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamins B12, B2 and B6
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 most fish in general) are a great source of B vitamins that enhances overall energy. If you are having heart trouble, let this fish swim into your next meal!
Here’s an easy recipe for you: Miso Salmon Soup
#5 Wild Blueberries (Vaccinium)
Blueberries are loaded with:
- Astringent (blueberry leaf)
- Cooling properties
Blueberries, and many other berries, are rich in antioxidants that prevent oxidation and wear and tear in the capillaries.
All berries are rich in Vitamin C that supports a healthy immune system, which is needed to reduce infections (bacterial, viral, parasitic) that detrimentally affect heart health.
Blueberries also contain a high content of anthocyanins (flavonoids), which helps counter the buildup of plaque and improve cardiovascular health.
And, the number one reason to eat blueberries for heart health is that it’s the top choice food for wild bears…. and they’re not dropping dead in the forest from heart attacks!
With the right foods, you can nourish your heart and keep your ticker tocking for a long, happy and healthy life.
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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.
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