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The Ultimate Diet for Healthy Heart

By Ms. Malvika Karkare

Today, it is quite modern to say modern lifestyle but if we do not pay attention, this lifestyle can cause problems for us. Our lifestyle and diet have a great impact on our entire body.

Our lifestyle affects our heart a lot. Whenever we say that the patient is suffering from heart disease along with that if the person has BP, increased triglycerides, dyslipidaemias, this is also caused due to an unhealthy lifestyle . Today's lifestyle has become so different from the earlier lifestyle, the diseases which used to happen to people earlier after the age of 40-50, they are happening today only at the age of 20-25. At the age of 20-25 , people are suffering from heart problems, so the main cause of these problems are unhealthy eating habits or diet and lifestyle. It's important for each one of us to understand the consequences of unhealthyhabits.

There is a chance for a person to get heart disease. Heart disease can be caused due to various reasons. An unhealthy diet is not the sole reason for heart disease, other causes can be diabetes, obesity, stress and hereditary. Being overweight is just one factor that puts people at risk for heart disease and things like a stroke or heart attack. A heart-healthy diet can help you lose weight and lower your cholesterol, blood pressure or triglycerides.

But what is the relation between diet and heart disease , that's the question which always arises in mind. So, let us now understand how diet and heart diseases are related.

Diet and heart health are interlinked to one another. If we do not follow a diet pattern, then the stress caused due to work increases which might lead to related heart diseases. If a person has a sedentary lifestyle and has long working hours . So, people tend to ignore healthy food habits .They tend to eat ready to eat food or processed food most of the time. If we do not pay attention to the quality of food or the nutrients that we consume it will indirectly show ill effects on our body. The packed food that we eat has very low nutrient content as well as its low quality. Also, it contains trans-fat , sodium content(salt), which gradually impacts our health.

Stress, lack of activity and stress can increase the possibility of a person acquiring heart disease.

Diet for heart disease

  • It has been seen nowadays that at a very tender age teenagers are suffering from hypertension, increased triglycerides, dyslipidaemias. It's very important that parents inculcate healthy food habits in children from a youngage.
  • It's necessary that the diet should contain increased intake of fibres ,vitamins , protein and minerals . And the fat intake should be minimal .
  • It's important to avoid trans-fat which is found in junk food. Mostly the processed food , bakery food , ready to eat food contains saturatedfats.
  • Ideally doctors recommend a vegetarian diet which contains high protein vitamin fibres and minerals , the salt content should be moderate as well as it should be quality food along with high absorption capacity like raw vegetables andfruits.
  • Processed food , aerated food , aerated drinks , soda , alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages should be consumed in lessquantity.
  • Along with diet there are other habits that people need to keep inmoderation like alcohol intake , smoking andtobacco.

There are many things you can do to help keep your heart healthy and disease-free. You can schedule an annual check-up, exercise daily, quit smoking, or take steps to reduce the level of stress in your life. All of these things can have a positive effect on heart health. But, one of the simplest lifestyle changes that will benefit your heart is watching what you eat. Eating foods high in fat, cholesterol, or sodium can be very bad for the heart. So, when taking steps to minimize the risk of heart disease, diet is a good place to start.

If we are able to adapt to healthy living and consume health & quality diet or will be able to keep the optimum nutrients and inculcate healthy habits, then there can be a way to prevent heart disease getting in our way.