This proverb from The Bible was not referring to our literal heart but I think it still applies equally well.
Did you know that Heart Disease is the number one cause of death worldwide? So it definitely deserves our attention. Did you know that Heart Disease is largely preventable?
Prevention of any chronic disease is best begun early in life, not once there is a problem. Damage to our bodies, particularly at the cellular level builds up over time. This cellular level damage is unseen and unfelt, until one day that cellular damage starts to affect us negatively. However, upon saying that, making healthy changes to our lifestyle is beneficial at any age. Prevention is also much easier than cure and has no side effects like medications often do.
It is what we do on a daily basis (or most days) that is the key to prevention. Don’t stress out about special occasions such as Christmas or birthdays but settle back to your regular healthy eating as soon as you can.
So how can we “guard our heart”?
Maintain a healthy weight
Get plenty of sleep (and get sleep apnoea treated)
Manage or prevent diabetes
How do we eat well to “guard our heart”?
Probiotics. These are live bacteria found in certain foods or supplements.. Examples: Yoghurt, Sauerkraut, Miso, Kombucha
Prebiotics. These substances come mostly from fibre (that humans can’t digest). The beneficial bacteria in your gut eat this fiber. Examples: Linseeds, apples, whole oats, barley, onions/leeks, psyllium.
All the foods we make at Snack Pack will help you introduce more heart-healthy foods to your diet. Amazeballs are full of nuts and seeds, The Vegery Vitality Wraps are full of linseeds, avocado oil, turmeric and psyllium husk and I Am Vital popcorn is an unrefined, real food healthy snack option. Check out our ready-to-eat healthy foods here.
Here are the articles I read when writing this blog:
Ultra-processed food intake and risk of cardiovascular disease: prospective cohort study (NutriNet-Santé)
Dietary Inflammatory Potential and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Among Men and Women in the U.S.
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2020 Nov, 76 (19) 2181–2193
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