Nutrition and your heart health

Mon 10 April 2017

Why is your diet important for your heart?

There are certain risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as family history, that you can do little about.

Nevertheless, there are still many things that you can do to change your risk of developing heart disease, or indeed reduce your risk of further problems if you have already been diagnosed with a heart problem. Making small but positive changes to your diet and lifestyle really can make a big difference to your ‘modifiable risk factors’.

Eating well can help you to:

  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight and body composition
  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Improve your blood lipid profile (e.g. cholesterol and triglyceride levels)
  • Optimise vascular health, reduce inflammation and improve immune function
  • Regulate blood sugar levels
  • Maintain digestive health
  • To control, prevent or even reverse type 2 diabetes
  • Improve mood, energy levels and even sleep
  • All of which can help to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. You do not have to give up all your favourite foods!

Eating well does not mean excluding all of your favourite foods, and it certainly doesn’t mean living on salads! Eating well simply means nourishing your body with the correct balance of nutrients it needs for optimal health.

Rebalancing and ‘cleaning up’ your diet to include healthy fats, good carbohydrates, sufficient protein and plenty of vitamins, minerals and hydration will not only help to reduce your risk of heart disease, but will improve your physical and mental wellbeing, making you feel significantly better too!

Meredy Birdi, Lead Dietitian

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