How to improve your diet to support heart health

Research suggests that making a few simple tweaks to your diet can help keep your heart healthy.

Heart and circulatory diseases claim 1 in 4 lives in England every year, but the good news is that there are lots of small things you can do to lower your risk.

Laura Bridge, chef to the British Royal Family and Hollywood stars, has offered four simple tips to help you keep your heart in great shape.

Healthy fats

Adding healthy fats to your diet is a great way to ensure your heart gets the vitamins it needs.

“It is recommended to have a diet that incorporates a small amount of heart-healthy unsaturated fats, such as rapeseed oil or olive oil which promote healthy functions,” Laura states. “They provide calories and essential fats and help your body absorb soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K.”

Nourishing foods

It is important to make sure your diet includes plenty of fresh foods.

“Choose seasonal, local fresh foods over leftovers (which have lost their ‘vitality’) and lighter foods such as dhal or vegetable stew over rich pastries and deep-fried foods, as they provide nourishment,” the expert suggests.

Beverages

Drinking water throughout the day is essential for heart health as it flushes out the toxins in our bodies.

“Sipping warm spring or alkaline water throughout the day helps to flush out toxins, while cold drinks with ice ‘extinguish’ the digestive fire,” Laura warns.

Herbs

Finally, there are a variety of herbs that you can easily add to your meals which are great for supporting heart health. According to the chef, herbs such as arjuna, ashwagandha, garlic and guggul are the most effective.

“Arjuna: Works on the heart via blood plasma and helps maintain the circulatory system,” Laura explains. “Ashwagandha: Soothes the heart by managing stress which leads to good sleep. It also calms and slows down the circulation of adrenaline.”

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