Heart attack or heart disease can actually be prevented, controlled or completely eliminated by proper dieting and exercise – Dr Chauncey W. Crandall
Bulk of what you will be reading here are opinions of Dr Chauncey W. Crandall, a distinguished Cardiologist that have over 40000 heart surgeries to his belt. He also is chief of the Cardiac Transplant Program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
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We are looking at Nigerian foods that fight heart disease; it has been proven statistically that over 50 percent of the world population does not have a perfectly healthy hearts, the worst case of an unhealthy heart eventually results to heart attack or even instant death.
This proves that you can have a sick heart without knowing it and you can also have a sick heart for a very long time. The advice is usually to see a doctor if you notice any dissimilar internal reaction.
However, I learned a long time ago that prevention is better than cure – a Nigerian adage.
According to Dr Chauncey W. Crandall, the major causes of heart diseases are fat and sugar; there…I said it.
While it may seem impossible to eliminate these two elements from our daily meals, the reason for this article is to proffer an easy way around them. I hope to inspire you to make conscious effort to supplement these elements in certain possible cases with its harmless alternatives.
I am going to list some of the foods or food items that should be eliminated from our daily diets and also go ahead to proffer a healthier alternative, since this alternative actually reduces the risk our heart diseases and attacks, one can actually say that they aid in fighting heart diseases
Nigerian foods that fights heart attack
These alternative Nigerian foods help in fighting heart diseases or heart attack.
For starters, I would strongly suggest that you go easy on canned, processed foods, instead of using canned/sachet tomatoes try just the fresh ones, it may be a little expensive but the benefits out-weighs any money you can possibly spend.
Fried foods and soft drinks should also be less in your daily diet.
I have since stopped using sugar and switched over to honey, even when I use honey, I use it sparingly. While we cannot completely eliminate sugar from our diet because they are even contained in simple foods like rice, cassava and yam, the idea is to go easy on these foods.
Instead of eba/fufu or semo, try unrefined wheat; whole grains fights heart disease. They includes: Whole wheat, Whole oats/oatmeal, Whole-grain corn, Popcorn, Brown rice, Whole-grain barley, Bulgur (cracked wheat), Millet, Quinoa, Sorghum.
Animal fat is not just dangerous, it should be avoided at all cost, be sure to always wash your meats properly with hot water, removing every sagging fat, avoid butters and margarine with high fat content.
Another important point raised by Dr Chauncey W. Crandall is the level of your good cholesterol against the bad cholesterol, according to him; the level of your bad cholesterol against goods cholesterol can play a vital role in the state of your heart.
According to him, proper exercise and good dieting helps to raise your good cholesterol level while diminishing the bad cholesterol level.
He highly advised against smoking and suggested that you try fish and chicken instead of red meat. Fishes contains omega 3 which is responsible for fighting heart diseases. I am talking about fresh or frozen fishes; sometimes the roasted, smoked fishes are not so good.
Lastly, you should also take time to rest after a very busy day and also cultivate the habit of exercising regularly. Proper rest and exercise plays a vital role in the state of the heart and even body cells.
Eat lots of fruits, nuts, endeavor to supplement a meal with a plate of Fruit-Salads, try replacing some starchy foods with legumes (all beans species), unripe plantain recipes. I made this delicious meal recently, if you add vegetables, it becomes really healthy. And you should try something like this occasionally instead of the usual eba and soup.
I have been able to list some of the foods that cause heart attack, and how to prevent, control and ultimately eliminate heart attack by eating the right Nigerian foods. I would like to hear your thought.
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