What heart patients should eat during the winter and what to avoid
There are many ways you can take care of your heart health yourself, and a varied and high-quality diet is one of them, said Inga Markovic, a nutritionist at Holy Apostle Luke Hospital in Doboj.
Restlessness and stress
– In all heart diseases, nutrition plays an important role in both prevention and treatment of existing conditions. Considering that the diet is high in calories, fatty and salty in the winter days, including excessive intake of sugar, salt, caffeine and alcohol, obesity, immobility and high stress, the risk for heart patients is twice as high – said Markovic.
The winter diet is, among other things, deficient in protective micronutrients, primarily due to the lack and reduced consumption of fresh vegetables.
– Winter food in our area includes the intake of winter salads (pickles, pickles, cucumbers, sauerkraut …), which are canned with salt and sugar, and dried meat products, which also basically have salt, which is one of the reasons for high blood pressure. and in persons undergoing hypertension therapy.
Studies have shown that increased intake of primarily plant-based foods, aerobic exercise and relaxation programs can lead to successful treatment of heart disease. Complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables and whole grains are the basis of nutrition in heart disease, and the flavonoids contained in them provide healthy protection against heart disease, Markovic points out. It is also recommended to drink nine glasses of water a day.
Do not consume oily foods
In the winter days, Markovic adds, the intake of fats is also increased, especially of saturated fats from thermally treated oils through the preparation of complex meals and pies, as well as hydrogenated unhealthy fats.
Reducing your intake of fat and fatty foods is vital for preventing heart disease.
Although winter is nearing its end, the threat of the flu virus is still high. Experts advise how to protect yourself from infection and strengthen your immunity with the help of natural remedies.
Honey and garlic – Mix one tablespoon of honey with one tablespoon of finely chopped garlic. Take one tablespoon of this remedy with warm water daily before bedtime.
Raspberries and Currants – In one milliliter of boiling water put one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of raspberries, one tablespoon of black or red currants. Allow to stand for 15 minutes. Consume half a glass of beverage three times daily before meals.
Lime and Call – Mix one tablespoon of linden flower with a bucket of black called. Pour the mixture with a glass of water and cook for five to ten minutes. Take one glass of warm tea daily.
Chicory and chard – Add one teaspoon of chard and one teaspoon of ground chicory root to a glass of boiling water. Wait for half an hour. Consume half a glass of beverage three times a day.
Hurma and milk – Pour four to five fruits of fresh hurma with one glass of milk. Cook on low heat for five to ten minutes. Have a glass of warm beverage before bed.