Have you ever wondered what kind of advice heart doctors give their family and friends? With some much conflicting information circulating over the airwaves on how to keep your heart in shape; diets, exercises, whether or not to take aspirin, what to do but ask the heart doctor.
Health Magazine surveyed top cardiologists for their advice.
Health Doctors: Skip Food Fads
Skip food fads. Many prohibit foods that are actually good for you, such as beans, legumes or whole grains which actually lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar.
Health Doctors: Eat These Types of Fish
Eat fish rich in Omega 3’s. Eat salmon, herring, tuna and anchovies. They have the highest levels of omega-3s. Omega-3 lowers triglycerides and reduces inflammation.
Health Doctors: Salt is Not Taboo
Heart Doctors: Pass On The Aspirin
Despite all the studies about aspirin’s heart benefits, it’s not for everyone. One danger is bleeding. If you’re under 65 with no risk factors, daily aspirin is not helpful.
Heart Doctors: Avoid Stress
Stress puts undue strain on your heart, circulatory system, emotions, and cognitive abilities.
Heart Doctors: Control Your Sugar Intake
Heart Doctors: Strength Training
Heart Doctors: Laugh
Heart Doctors: Eat Nuts
Heart Doctors: Good Drinks
Green tea: For every extra cup you sip a day, you may reduce your coronary artery disease risk by 10 percent, according to a recent review.
Coffee: Increasing your coffee by at least a cup a day may lower your risk of type 2 diabetes (which raises your heart risk).