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We are fans of Dr. Andrew Weil’s approach to healthy living. Here are his suggestions for eating right for optimal heart health. Let’s take good care of those giving hearts of yours.  😀

 

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For people battling high cholesterol, choosing meals wisely can be a challenge, but it is essential. Restaurants, parties, even an office potluck may present unhealthy temptations. But simple dietary modifications can help you eliminate those unhealthy choices:

 

  1. Reduce sugar and flour. Recent research indicates that added sweeteners and flour-based carbohydrates, which are far too abundant in the American diet, are major contributors to obesity and heart disease.  
  2. Avoid trans-fat. Stay away from items that list “partially hydrogenated oil” on the label, especially snack foods such as chips or popcorn. Try baked or air-popped versions instead.
  3. Get more heart-healthy omega-3-rich fish into your diet, via wild-caught Alaskan salmon, canned sockeye salmon, sardines, or black cod.
  4. Use fresh garlic regularly in your meals. Garlic has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels.
  5. Drink green tea daily. The antioxidants in green tea help lower cholesterol and prevent the cholesterol in your blood from oxidizing.
  6. Eat plenty of soluble fiber. It has a powerful cholesterol-lowering effect. The best sources are beans and lentils, apples, citrus fruits, oats, barley, peas, carrots and freshly ground flaxseed.

 

 

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