Dr. Clayton Lawrence, CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on overall wellness in an otherwise toxic world. (Always consult with your own physician before beginning any new diet/exercise routine).
We believe in the power of food. It is incredible how some of the simplest adjustments to diet can alter the course of disease or change the status of someone’s mental health. Whether it’s adding more vegetables or fruits, eliminating sugars or fats, or for the absorption of a particular vitamin or mineral, exploring the benefits of a personalized diet should be a top priority to anyone who wants to make a significant lifestyle change.
We recently released a column on ways to naturally lower blood pressure. The heart is an incredible muscle that should be treated with respect and a proper diet that is focused on heart health is a great place to start.
Here are a few foods that can keep your ticker in tip-top shape – again, always consult with your physician who knows your history and personal wellness plan.
Avocados (Monounsaturated fats – reduces bad cholesterol)
Dark leafy greens (Vitamin K – reduces arterial calcification)
Raspberries (Vitamin C – decreases inflammation; Fiber – lowers blood pressure and cholesterol)
Fish, especially salmon (Omega-3 fatty acids – reduces blood clotting)
Walnuts (Omega-3 – lowers blood pressure)
Almonds (Magnesium – helps coordinate appropriate heart rhythm; Fiber; and Healthy fats)
Garlic (Allicin – antioxidants to fight infection and disease and reduces inflammation)
Green tea (Antioxidants)
Red grapes (Resveratrol – prevents clotting and damage to blood vessels)
Soymilk (Calcium – heart muscle function, Vitamins D – lowers blood pressure)
Whole grains (Fiber)
Beans (Heart-healthy option for getting protein; Fiber)
Yogurt (Potassium – triggers the heart to beat properly)
Olive oil (Monounsaturated fat)
Dark chocolate (Flavanols – reduces blood pressure)
Red peppers (Carotenoids – prevents oxidation of cholesterol in arteries)
Asparagus (Vitamin K – reduces arterial calcification)