February is deemed American Heart Month by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a month already dedicated to matters of the heart, this is the ideal time to focus attention on, and build awareness about heart disease.
According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Food is often an overlooked, yet critical factor in heart disease prevention. Hippocrates said to “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Focusing on fresh foods full of heart-healthy fats, soluble fiber and antioxidants can decrease your risk of developing heart disease and cut your chances of a heart attack.
Heart health isn’t separate from health in general. You don’t have to eat differently for your heart. Eating well-balanced, whole foods, non-refined diet is healthy for your heart and whole body. It’s all about eating whole, fresh foods.
Research shows that probiotics are an excellent option in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease. Be sure to include in your diet probiotic-rich foods such as kefir, yogurt, cultured vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchi, and kombucha, a delicious fermented tea beverage.
Article from Grand Traverse Insider, February 17, 2014, by Sandi McArthur.