Heart conditions are one of the biggest health issues among older adults, alongside diabetes and osteoporosis. In order to maintain and improve heart health, retired adults should exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight. It is also important to eat heart-healthy foods so your cardiovascular system gets the support it needs. With a healthy diet, you’ll have a better chance of reducing the risk of heart conditions. At Discovery Village At The Forum, we are committed to helping you live your best life. Continue reading to find out about foods good for your heart!
The fiber content of legumes helps you to digest food properly. Other than aiding digestion, it also helps you to maintain a healthy weight and a healthy cholesterol level by lowering levels of low-density lipoprotein. Since poor cholesterol levels are often the cause of heart conditions, legumes will help you to maintain healthy heart function. Additionally, the antioxidants in lentils and beans are also healthy for the heart.
Fruits such as raspberries are full of vitamin C, manganese, and antioxidants. They will protect the body against damage from oxidative stress. Red grapes contain an antioxidant known as resveratrol which prevents blood platelets from clumping together. This allows your blood to pump blood without any hindrances from clots. Bananas provide the body with potassium to help balance water levels in the body and reduce blood pressure. As such, consuming fruits regularly can have a beneficial effect on heart health.
Nuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids, making them great for promoting healthy blood pressure and regular heart function, as well as defending against heart disease. The plant-based monounsaturated fats in nuts will also reduce cholesterol. Examples of nuts include pistachios, almonds, walnuts, and cashews. You should try to eat at least five ounces of these nuts weekly.
Fatty fish, such as sardines, mackerel, tuna, and salmon, provide high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. This will help you to maintain your heart health. Furthermore, the healthy fats present in these types of fish will also break up unhealthy fats by breaking up unhealthy fat. Since fatty fish is high in protein and low in saturated fat, they’ll be great to include in your diet. It is recommended for adults above 65 to consume at least two servings of fatty fish weekly.
Eat Healthily at Discovery Village At The Forum
Eating healthy meals leads to a better quality of life. Discovery Village At The Forum has a specialized Sensations Dining program to provide residents with nutritious meals to ensure their continued health. When you stay with us, you’ll be able to eat delicious meals prepared by our professional chef every day. Our menu is created with diversity in mind, so you’ll be able to enjoy not just local cuisine, but also exotic dishes created with the freshest ingredients.
If you have any special dietary requirements, you do not need to worry. Our individualized care plans will ensure that you receive a menu catered to your needs. To find out more about our senior living options, contact us today!