Make no mistake, health is wealth. The number one killer in the United States isn’t guns, or drugs, or car accidents. It’s heart disease — a ruthless killer that is directly related to what’s on our plates.
Heart disease claims the life of nearly one out of every three Americans.
Adopting a Vegan diet is a powerful way to prevent heart disease. In fact, a recent British study found that switching to a Vegan diet may cut your chances of developing heart disease by 32%! Animal foods tend to be high in cholesterol and saturated fat, major contributors to artery-clogging plaque.
In contrast, plant foods are low in saturated fat and contain no cholesterol. Zero. Additionally, the most powerful cholesterol- lowering dietary agents are soluble fiber, unsaturated fats, and phytochemicals, all of which are found almost exclusively in plant foods.
Here are some other ways that you can protect your heart just in time for Valentine’s Day:
Choose Dark Chocolate - Healthy chocolate sounds like a dream come true, especially in time for Valentine's Day. A growing number of studies suggest that dark chocolate can be a heart-healthy choice. Chocolate and its main ingredient, cocoa, appear to reduce risk factors for heart disease. Flavanols in cocoa beans have antioxidant effects that reduce cell damage implicated in heart disease. Flavanols in DARK chocolate (NOT milk chocolate) also help lower blood pressure and improve vascular function.
Get a Good Night's Rest - Studies show that young and middle-age adults who slept 7 hours a night had less calcium in their arteries (an early sign of heart disease) than those who slept 5 hours or less or those who slept 9 hours or more. The type of sleep they got was important, too. Adults who reported good-quality sleep also had healthier arteries than those who didn't sleep soundly.
Stay Active - Physical activity is one of the best ways to improve your heart's condition. Simple exercises and stretches such as walking, bike-riding and even sweeping the floor can greatly improve your cardiovascular health. Make physical activity fun this Valentine's Day by doing something with your partner. You don't have to be healthy alone. Go for a walk or bike ride together. You will both appreciate the quality time.
Spiritual Wellness - Our physical health is intricately linked to our spiritual, mental and emotional health. God’s Word blesses us spirit, soul, and body – we must look at the concept of wholeness the way God sees it. Often we tend to look at ourselves as separate parts that fit together to make one unit, like a jigsaw puzzle. With that mindset we approach our health in a disjointed way. We are created by these separate parts that are inseparable. What affects one part of our being (spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical) will affect our whole being.