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  • Dr. Eric Carlsen

The Role Diet Plays in Heart Health


heart shaped cutting board with plates on it and around it showing heart healthy foods

A healthy diet plays a significant role in maintaining heart health. Consuming a balanced diet can help lower the risk of developing heart disease, which is a leading cause of death worldwide.

Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats can help improve heart health. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, which can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Whole grains are also an important source of fiber and can help regulate cholesterol levels. Lean proteins such as fish and poultry provide essential nutrients without adding unhealthy saturated fats to the diet. Healthy fats such as olive oil and avocados can also be beneficial to heart health as they can help lower bad cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation.

It is also important to limit the consumption of unhealthy fats, salt, and added sugars in the diet. Saturated and trans fats found in animal products, fried foods, and processed snacks can increase bad cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart disease. Excessive salt intake can also lead to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease. Added sugars found in processed foods and sugary drinks can lead to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and other conditions that can harm the heart. Alcohol consumption should also be limited as excessive alcohol consumption can raise blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease. Additionally, maintaining a healthy weight through regular physical activity and a balanced diet can also help improve heart health.

In conclusion, a healthy diet plays a crucial role in maintaining heart health. By consuming a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats, limiting unhealthy fats, salt, and added sugars, and maintaining a healthy weight through physical activity, individuals can reduce their risk of developing heart disease and improve their overall heart health.

Note that chiropractic care is most effective when used in conjunction with other heart health strategies, such as a healthy diet, regular exercise, and regular medical check-ups.

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