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Women’s heart health; why what you eat matters

It’s National Wear Red Day! A day sponsored by the American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease in women and these statistics are astounding! Heart disease is the #1 cause of death of women claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Also, 800,000 women suffer from strokes in the United States each year. But did you know that a poor diet is linked to twenty percent of all cases of heart disease?

Women's heart health; why what you eat matters
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It’s no secret that what you eat matters when it comes to your health especially as you grow older. Chronic diseases like diabetes are also directly related to what you consume. But the good news is you can turn your health around with what you eat because food truly is medicine.

Here are 7 foods that women should be eating everyday.

Leafy greens like spinach, kale and green vegetables are all rich sources of vitamins and minerals. Incorporate as much green produce into your meals as you can to benefit from all it has to offer. Leafy greens enable you to get and keep a flat tummy, learn more about this here.

Whole grains not only help with digestion, they are also excellent for your heart, keep you regular and enable you to maintain a balanced blood sugar. Eating whole grains each day is also a great source of energy and helps improve cholesterol levels. Learn more about whole grains here.

Nuts of any kind, are a terrific source of protein and also a satisfying snack that will not only keep you slim but will also enable you to live longer. Learn more about nuts here.

Beans combine both the protein and fiber mentioned above, are low in fat, a good source of calcium and a perfect substitution for meat. Beans are considered to be a nutrient powerhouse because they can prevent chronic diseases. Black beans, chick peas, white beans, kidney beans, all deliciously delightful. Learn how to make the best black bean dip here.

Omega-3 fatty acids are talked about constantly when it comes to heart health. While many take fish oil capsules; which are great, eating fatty fish is best. Since most choose salmon as their favorite Omega-3 fish choice, try your best to get the hormone antibiotic free version.

Tomatoes are healthy because they contain the cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene. They’re even healthier when stewed, but eating them raw is fantastic too. Tomatoes are full of vitamins A and C; make them a part of your diet. They also fight cellulite, learn more about this here.

Dairy, low fat preferably, like Greek yogurt. Rule of thumb when it comes to yogurt, never eat it if it has more than 10 grams of sugar. 3 servings of dairy per day is important because calcium is another essential nutrient for bone health, plus it also contains protein, magnesium and zinc.

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