No matter how old you are, you should take care of your heart.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men, and women in the United States, with a person dying every 36 seconds. Heart health is no joke, and it affects many Americans every day. It is hereditary as well, so even if you eat right and exercise regularly, you could still be at risk.
Heredity aside, the best way we can protect ourselves is still through diet and exercise. Luckily, the leaves are changing, pumpkin spice everything is coming, and there are a few fall foods that you can add into your diet to help keep your risk for cardiovascular disease in check.
Butternut squash: If you’re a fan of butternut squash soup, congratulations! It’s good for your heart. Butternut squash is a superfood chock full of beta-carotene, fiber, and potassium, which helps maintain healthy blood pressure.
Pumpkin: Some pumpkins were meant for jack-o-lanterns, and some were meant to be eaten. Pumpkin is full of potassium and fiber.
Kale: Everyone loves kale, right? It contains calcium, magnesium, and potassium, all of which are good for your heart and blood pressure. If you’ve never tried kale chips you are missing out.
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Apples: Eating apples regularly can help lower your cholesterol levels, which reduces your risk of heart disease. Apples contain pectin, which blocks cholesterol in the digestive tract.
Knowing whether or not heart disease runs in your family, but regardless these four foods can only help your overall health.