Healthy living

A friend challenged me to write a healthy post everyday during the month of April. I laughed. As you can tell, I didn't take her up on the challenge.
But it couldn't hurt to think about living healthier.
Did you know heart disease is the biggest killer in the United States of men and women?
Many studies show that our diet can reduce our chances of having a heart attack.
For instance, oranges have been found to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and heart failure. Pectin found in oranges helps absorb the cholesterol in food, and the potassium counterbalances salt which helps keep our blood pressure under control.
Garlic can help reduce blood pressure and plaque.
My favorite, dark chocolate, contains flavanols that help keep blood vessels flexible and lowers our blood pressure.
Nuts such as almonds, pistachios, peanuts and walnuts help reduce LDL.
Pomegranates are very messy and stain (I know this from personal experience), but have been shown to reduce atherosclerosis.

Exercise is also important to a healthy heart.

Take time to get a check up and find out how heart healthy you are.