HEART DISEASE - WHAT CAUSES IT?
It is a known fact that what we put in our bodies can contribute to illness. On the flip side, it's also important to understand that what we put into our bodies could also prevent illness.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Many factors can contribute to heart disease such as Diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity - all problems in which a healthy diet could help with.
We've compiled a list of 3 unhealthy foods and drinks to avoid, along with their healthy alternative. Also - You may be pleasantly surprised at how delicious the healthy alternatives actually are!
Instead of Potato Chips, Try Baked Kale Chips
We know what you may be thinking, especially if you're not a fan of this particular leafy superfood. Hear us out!
Potato chips are not only usually full of saturated fat and canola oil, but they are also high in the substance Acrylamide, which studies have shown may cause cancer and nervous system disorders.
Kale is made up of heart healthy components such as fiber and potassium. Studies have shown that it can not only improve cardiovascular function, but it may also even combat cancer. When you bake kale, it becomes crispy - like potato chips! Be sure to season it with some healthy spices such as cumin, which has also been linked to improving blood sugar and cholesterol levels!
Instead of Fried Chicken - Try Grilled Chicken!
Most fried foods, including fried chicken, are loaded with trans fats, which can raise cholesterol levels and contribute to weight gain.
Instead of stopping through the drive through to grab some fried chicken, opt for grilled chicken. It is an unprocessed, single-ingredient food high in protein and healthy fats. Consuming enough healthy fats has been shown to lower bad LDL cholesterol in the body.
Instead of Soda - Consume Black Tea!
Soda has basically no nutritional value. Not only are they incredibly high in sugar, sodium and caffeine, but they also contribute to dehydration and are bad for your oral health. Studies have shown that just one soda per day can increase most people's risk of heart disease by a whopping 20%.
Black tea (with no additives), on the other hand, has been shown to increase heart health by lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk for Diabetes. Plus, it has properties that contribute to helping an upset stomach and reducing stress hormones!
Of course, the foods listed above are an example of what to avoid and consume to contribute to heart health. However, your overall diet, exercise schedule, sleep schedule and stress level are all factors of optimum health as well.
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