We’ll be talking about the heart a lot this month because February is not only the month of Valentine’s Day, but also National Heart Month. We spoke last week about heart health, stress, and the heart attacks in women. Regardless of gender, though, being proactive about your health is the best way to live your life. For men, keeping cholesterol and blood pressure under control will make you much less likely to succumb to heart disease. One of the easiest things to do in striving towards a goal of a healthy heart is to eat the right foods. Farmington Hills general dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will tell you about three heart healthy foods for men to put on their grocery lists.
Heart Healthy Foods for Men
We’ve all heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Researchers at Cornell University tested this quantity of apple consumption and found that one a day can block LDL cholesterol oxidation. This resulted in an 8 percent drop in cholesterol levels. In terms of dental health, be careful with apples. The fibrous skin may be a natural toothbrush, scrubbing teeth free of food particles with every bite. But the flesh is highly acidic, so rinse your mouth out with water after consuming an apple, and wait 30 minutes to brush.
Do soy beans (AKA edamame) and their contribution to vegetarian versions of meat actually lower cholesterol and blood pressure? There’s not enough evidence to make that statement, but by substituting soy beans and soy products for meat a few times a week, you are eliminating a lot of fat and cholesterol that definitely will affect your heart in a negative way. Don’t worry…real (healthy) men eat veggie burgers.
Most nuts, and almonds in particular, provide a rich source of a cholesterol-lowering compound known as sterols. Dr. Christopher Gardner, a cholesterol expert and lead researcher at Stanford University, points to the monounsaturated fat in these little nuts as having a positive effect on cholesterol levels.
Farmington Hills General Dentist
Remember, dental health can affect overall health. Keep up with your regular checkups so you can feel great from your head to your feet. You can contact Comfort Dental Spa by calling our Farmington Hills General dentist office at (248) 474-6434. We are happy to serve patients in Farmington Hills, MI, the 48335 zip code, and surrounding neighborhoods.