Published On: Thu, Feb 14th, 2013

Improve Your Heart and Oral Health With Small Changes

Improve Your Heart and Oral Health With Small Changes Heart health is important, and new research proves that making small switches in your daily diet is one of the best ways to maintain a health heart and healthy teeth.

There are many foods you can eat that are healthy for your heart and teeth. What you put in your body matters, and the foods you choose affect your oral health. Choose healthy foods and eat them more often.

Foods that have antioxidants, mono- and polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids will be the bets source because all of these foods will help reduce the risk of heart disease and can improve your oral health.

Oatmeal: Oatmeal is a great food to add into your daily diet because it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and potassium. Oatmeal is a fiber rich food can lower cholesterol, which will help to clear arteries. Oatmeal has fiber and it will help you feel full longer.

Salmon: Salmon is great for your skin. It is mega-rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce blood pressure. Some people don’t eat salmon because they don’t like it, if you want an alternative eat other oily fish such as mackerel, herring or tuna, and sardines. All of these fish can help your heart health.

Avocados: Add avocados for a healthy fat into your diet. Put it into a sandwich or on a spinach salad. Avocadoes are packed with monounsaturated fat, which is the good fat. They can help lower cholesterol levels in the body.

Olive oil: Olive oil is loaded with monounsaturated fats, plus olive oil can lower bad cholesterol as well as reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Look for extra-virgin or virgin varieties — they’re the least processed — and use them instead of butter or other oils when cooking.

Nuts: Add more nuts into your diet for protein and healthy fat. Walnuts, almonds and macadamia nuts, contain mono- and polyunsaturated fats and fiber. You could use nuts instead of croutons for your salads.

Berries: Most types of berries are really good for your health— blueberries, raspberries, blackberries are examples that are all anti-inflammatory agents, which can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of hypertension. Put some blueberries in your oatmeal or mix berries in a smoothie for heart-healthy snacks.

For more health advice visit TenderCare Dental, a dentist in NW Portland. Shannon Kaiser is a wellness writer.

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