Preventing Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease remains the single greatest cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Reducing the risk of heart disease is learning a healthier eating habit. After all the food goes into the mouth first. So think if you have a periodontal disease, that forms inflammation that is then carried to the heart. So why not have more foods that can help reduce the risk of both diseases?!

Blueberries: The inflammation in your artery walls can increase the risk of a heart attack but eating at least a cup of blueberries a day can counter that process because they are inflammation-battling antioxidants.

Beets: unleash helpful compounds called nitrites into your blood, expanding your vessels and improving blood flow, these benefits helped lower blood pressure and arterial stiffness in people with high Blood Pressure.

Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, and pecans are all good. Nuts contain heart-healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Snack on unsalted raw nuts, nut mixes, and nut butters to improve your heart health. People who ate a handful of nuts five or more times a week were 29 percent less likely to die of heart disease than those who avoided nuts, a New England Journal of Medicine study found.

Fatty Fish: Salmon, sardines, herring, and canned light tuna are rich in omega-3 fats, which are shown to improve cardiac capacity during exercise.

Legumes: Aim to eat 5 to 10 grams of fiber a day; a cup of legumes provides 2 to 6 grams. Use canned black beans with red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt to make a healthy salsa. Think of beans and lentils as buckshot loaded with soluble fiber. In your gut, soluble fiber binds to cholesterol-laden bile acids and carries them out of your body, says Kate Patton, R.D., of the Cleveland Clinic.

Many people wait until it’s too late to take action. Each day you can make better choices in your diet to improve your overall health. After all, it starts inside the mouth first. So take precautionary measures and get yourself into a routine for cleanings, periodontal care, and good oral hygiene. Reduce the risk before it can even reach your heart! Call Farber Center today to schedule your appointment, 631-265-4442!

 

 

Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com