The following guidelines for healthy eating will help you maintain your heart health.
These are basic dietary guidelines to help you make the right choices on foods that are good for the heart.
Sauces, canned and processed foods contain a high content of sodium, so a minimal amount of these products should be consumed.
To reduce your blood cholesterol level, it is important to reduce the total fat intake from your diet. However, there are different types of fats in our food, and not all fats are the same.
Tips to reduce your total fat intake:
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Avoid Excessive Alcohol Intake to Keep Your Heart Healthy
Excessive alcohol consumption is related to increased blood triglycerides level, high blood pressure, stroke, increased body weight, liver problem, abnormal heart rhythms, and some cancers.
Some studies have shown that moderate alcohol consumption might benefit heart failure patients; however, the results are inconclusive. Therefore, given the possible health risks associated with drinking, it is recommended that people who do not consume any alcohol should not start drinking.
Consult your dietitian or doctor on the benefits and risks of consuming alcohol in moderation.
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Whole grains, fruits and vegetables which are high in fibre are known to be beneficial in lowering blood pressure.
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Control Fluid Intake to Control the Symptom of Heart Failure
Symptoms of heart failure may be controlled by restricting your daily fluid intake. Check with your doctors if there is a need for fluid restriction and the recommended amount of your daily fluid intake. Sources of fluid include plain water and any type of beverage, soup, fruit, porridge etc.
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