With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we’ve all got love on our minds. What better way to show yourself the love you deserve, than investing in your heart health? Interestingly enough, heart health can be directly linked to other positive health outcomes sure to leave your body feeling well appreciated. As you’ll soon learn, improving the health of one of the most vital organs in the body, can help bring a greater sense of well being just by making a few adjustments to our daily eating habits.
If you aren’t necessarily familiar with the idea of a heart healthy diet, be sure to check out some of the American Heart Association’s recommendations on healthy eating and lifestyles. Generally, diets focused on heart health place greater emphasis on consuming a variety of fruits vegetables, whole grains, and “good fats”, while limiting the consumption of alcohol, saturated and trans fats, sweets, red meats and sodium. Though we may refer to this as a type eating as a “diet”, it is really more of a health-conscious lifestyle choice as opposed to just another trending fad.
Making changes to your lifestyle may appear to be a daunting task, especially when there are seemingly endless, and oftentimes contradicting claims on the internet about what’s good vs. bad for our health. For Valentine’s Day 2018 we want to focus on one of the most common misconceptions — that drinking wine is good for your heart. It’s easy to get caught up in the headlines of articles claiming that wine is good for your health but we must also understand the reality of the situation at hand. There is some research to suggest that certain elements found in red wine in particular, may have positive impacts on our heart health. Specifically, the flavonoids and other antioxidants found in red wine and other foods (like grapes and red grape juice) may reduce the risk of heart disease. Researchers still retain uncertainty about whether this reduction of risk is associated with red wine specifically or if the risk reduction is more closely tied to lifestyle habits. Most alarmingly, there is no research to confirm the specific effects of wine on the risk of developing heart disease. So it’s best to limit your celebratory glass to one glass for women and two for men.