Give Your Heart Some LOVE

Show Your Heart Some LOVE

Oriental medicine (OM) nutrition combines ancient wisdom with modern science. OM nutrition is a holistic approach, which aims to balance all five flavors within most meals with one or two flavors being emphasized for therapeutic purposes. OM nutrition for a hypertension emphasizes bitter flavors, sour flavors and energetically-cooling foods.
 
OM theory states the bitter flavor benefits the heart in moderation but an excess is harmful as it has a drying effect; for example, coffee is bitter. In moderation coffee acts as vasodilator increasing circulation but in excess it can raise blood pressure and has a diuretic effect. Modern scientific research has discovered while the human genome has 25 bitter taste receptors 12 of these are expressed in the human heart.

Foods with bitter flavors include: romaine lettuce, dandelion, arugula, rye. Foods that combine bitter with pungency include: citrus peel, radish, scallion and white pepper. In OM nutrition the pungent flavor can help disperse phlegm (e.g. plaque). Foods that combine bitter with sweet include: asparagus, celery, tomatoes, lettuce, quinoa and papaya. Lemon rind is bitter and sour; vinegar is also bitter and sour.
 
Bitter flavors have a yin, or cooling effect, clearing heat in the body while encouraging a descent of Qi, which aids in the draining of fluids. For example, celery contains the phytochemical phthalides which relaxes arterial wall tissues to increase blood flow and thereby reduce blood pressure. The fiber, magnesium and potassium in celery also help lower blood pressure and regulate fluid balance. Caution: according to OM, those with a lot of dryness and/or bone disease should moderate their intake of bitter flavor.
 
A tomato a day keeps the doctor away! The combination of lycopene, vitamin C and E, potassium and folic acid in tomatoes make it a power food for heart health. The bitter flavor of tomatoes come from the seeds; to reap the full benefit of tomatoes eat the seeds too. Heirloom tomatoes in season have the most flavor, find the tastiest tomatoes at your farmer’s market or trying growing your own.
 
Summer is the season of the heart according to Chinese medicine, meaning it is the season most likely to bring our hearts out of balance if we are exposed to excess heat, which can then create and/or exacerbate internal heat. During the summer OM nutrition recommends drinking and eating foods that cool the body and heart such as green tea, cucumbers, watermelon and lemon.

Chrysanthemum tea is a very popular summertime tea in Asia because it is so well known for its cooling properties; it is helpful for headaches, dizziness, high blood pressure, chest pain and also fevers. You can add chrysanthemum flowers to your morning green tea and in the evening combine it with chamomile tea for extra cooling benefits!
 
OM nutrition cautions against overdoing cold foods and drinks. Too much cold inhibits the digestive process. Drinking warm beverages and soups, as well as eating foods with a little pungency (chili pepper, garlic, ginger) causes the body to perspire slightly which naturally cools the body.
 
For those who happen to have hypertension plus a lot of dryness: dry skin, dry eyes, dry mouth and thirst, constipation and even hormonal deficiencies can benefit from increasing their healthy fat intake. Many nutrients are fat soluble, the body uses cholesterol to make hormones, bile and vitamin D. Healthy fats nourish yin in OM nutrition theory. Some Americans who suffer from hypertension are also thin with an underlying yin deficiency, such as those with the onset of hypertension that coincides with menopausal symptoms. Sources of healthy fats include: nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, flaxseed oil and fish.
 
Eating beans, peas and grains are high in potassium, magnesium, fiber and are high in choline which is vital in lowering hypertension and boosting fat metabolism. Whole grains are also a good source of niacin and vitamin E and are recommended for healthy arteries, especially those that are slightly bitter such as: rye, quinoa, amaranth and oats.

K2 is the only nutrient in the world that will remove calcium from the arteries. K2 activates the matrix GLA protein (MGP) that removes calcium out of soft tissues like arteries and veins.
The ten year, 4,800 subject Rotterdam Heart Study demonstrated that participants who ingested the greatest quantities of K2 experienced a 57% reduction in death from heart disease than people who ingested the least. DID YOU KNOW? There are over 25 published studies confirm that vitamin k2 can prevent arterial calcification, and those deficiencies are correlated with increased arterial calcification. Returning k2 levels to normal reverses arterial calcification, especially at prescriptive doses of 320mcg. MegaQuinone K2 -7 is the ONLY 320 mg pharmaceutical grade, all natural vitamin K2 with published safety studies. MegaQuinone is available at Carolina Holistic Health in Simpsonville SC.
This along with some of the changes listed above can literally eliminate heart disease!

Thermography is an excellent diagnostic tool to consider using for the detection of inflammation in the arteries which can lead to blockages.

Exercise is also an important player in maintaining heart health. At Carolina Holistic Health we recommended 20-30 minutes a day of low impact exercise such as walking, hiking, biking, yoga, Tai Chi and swimming.

Here is a helpful yoga pose: Tree pose

Tree pose is a standard balancing pose that can be adapted based on your skill level. It focuses on the small intestine meridian and increases abdominal circulation. Tree pose can also calm and relax the mind and nervous system, bringing more self-awareness. To do this pose balance on your left leg, put your right foot flat against your left inner thigh and extend your arms over your head with your palms together.

Helpful Acupressure point: Heart 7

Location: With palm facing up, on the inside of the wrist, on the little finger side of the crease where the hand meets the wrist. Massage for 60 seconds at least 3 times a day.
Function: Promotes a calm mind, alleviates anxiety, stimulates memory, and corrects insomnia. Also useful in alleviating hysteria, sadness, fear and fright, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath.

Try this OM Nutrition Recipe for Heart Health:

5 Flavors Chickpea Salad for Healthy & Happy Heart
15 oz cooked organic chick peas (1 can)
1/2 c cup cooked quinoa or 1 cup brown rice (warm)
4 stalks celery, minced
6-12 cherry tomatoes, chapped in 1/2 or 1/4
8-12 Romaine lettuce leaves, chopped
2 TBSP red onion, minced

Toss with dressing made with:
2 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP lemon juice + a little lemon zest (organic is best)
1 tsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp honey or agave
1-2 garlic cloves (minced or pressed)
1/8 tsp Himalayan or Sea salt (or to taste)
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)


Resources
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7 Ailments Acupuncture Easily Treats

7 Ailments Acupuncture Easily Treats

Do you ever feel your life's a ride that won’t ever stop? How many nights do you wait for Mr. Sandman to magically appear? How often do you truly take time for yourself? Do you have aches and pains almost daily? Are over-the-counter or prescription medications controlling your life? When was the last time you actually felt at peace? If any of these questions resonate with you, then it might be time to look at Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture for an answer. People in Asian countries have known the magnificence of acupuncture for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine is growing in popularity in the United States and here are some reasons why you might want to consider utilizing it also.

1. Insomnia / Restless Sleep

Acupuncture can address imbalances in your body that may contribute to your inability to get a good night’s sleep. The needles can actually encourage the brain to produce the chemicals that help you relax and sleep better. If you have difficulty falling asleep, you wake up frequently or you toss and turn a lot, acupuncture might just be the missing link.

2. Anxiety / Depression

Thousands of people in the U.S. suffer from depression and anxiety. And while there are many amazing therapists available to talk to, psychotherapy may not be enough. Also, many of the prescription medications available have terrible side effects. This is where acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas can help. Acupuncture can actually start to relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety in as few as two treatments without any harsh side effects.

3. Allergies

Runny nose? Sneezing? Watery, itchy eyes? Does this sound familiar? Seasonal or otherwise, allergies can be debilitating. But multiple studies have shown that allergy symptoms can be decreased and sometimes even eliminated with the use of regular acupuncture treatments. Immunity begins in the gut and acupuncture treatments for allergies will focus on the energetic meridians that support your immune system.

4. Migraines

For those who suffer from these monsters, life can be a toss of the dice. Migraines can come on without warning and can be completely devastating. And yet again, the pharmaceuticals that most migraine sufferers are prescribed can lead to harsh side effects. Acupuncture can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines over time.

5. Menstruation Issues

Many women suffer monthly from menstruation problems. It can be that the period is irregular, painful or so heavy that it leads to anemia and fatigue. There can also be mental-health effects associated with periods such as depression and anger. Over-the-counter medications only mask the symptoms. To treat the root of the problem, give acupuncture a try. Once again, it’s all about balancing your body. That’s how acupuncture works to regulate menstrual problems.

6. Chronic Pain

Pain is the number one reason why people turn to acupuncture, and for good reason. If you’ve tried everything else and got little to no relief, acupuncture may be right for you. But remember, chronic pain took time to develop and it will also take time for acupuncture treatments to work. Many people get some relief immediately, but acupuncture works on a cumulative basis, so commitment to the process is a must.

7. Preventive Medicine

Did you know that acupuncture’s main function is to help keep you healthy? If not, then you’re not alone. While acupuncture may not be known for preventive care, it should be. Waiting until there is an injury or illness will only cause the treatments to take longer. Using acupuncture preemptively will help you fight off illness and let you recover more quickly. That’s reason enough to give it a try.

Now that you know how acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can help you, what are you waiting for? Get healthy in 2017.

 

Fountain OF Youth ~ Rejuvenation & Detox Starting 1/9/17

Program Starts January 9, 2017!
This is a Complete Holistic Detoxification & Rejuvenation Program!  Learn multiple techniques in holistic & energy healing, mindful eating, meridian balancing and all-natural supplements.  In this 8-week program you will reveal to yourself the body, life and mindset that you have always dreamed of. Experience relief from physical discomforts, elevate to youthful energy and stamina, increase metabolism for dynamic weight loss, anti-aging, and increased mental clarity.

In this 8-week Program you will receive-

1.       2 Cases of ASEA ($320) – This is the world’s first and only Redox signaling molecular supplement.  Four nobel prizes have been given in the last 30 years for Redox research! This supplement is vital to the body’s natural process of cellular regeneration and boosts Glutathione in the body 500%.

2.       2 RENU 28 ($90) – Sister product of ASEA, this restorative gel accelerates the efficiency and resiliency of your skin cell reproduction for repair of damaged skin and effectively reducing physical discomfort for a more youthful look and increased comfort.

3.       Ionic Foot Detox ($160) – (4 Sessions) The energetic flow of ions through the body and out the largest pores in the body at the feet, create a powerfully effective detoxification of all of the organs of the body including the removal of harmful heavy metals.

4.       Sun Salutation and Customized Merdian Exercises ($100) – These simple, but whole body stretching routines unblock and restore the energetic flow in our body and mind for increased vitality, peaceful, focused thoughts, and improved organ function.

5.       Far Infrared Light Sauna ($120) – (4: 30 min. Sessions) The Sauna produces the same infrared light as the Sun which is required for all living things.  It penetrates into the joints, muscles, and tissues feeding oxygen flow, increasing circulation and removing impurities such as heavy metals.

6.       Ear Seeds ($240) – (8 Treatments) Using weekly Acupressure on the microsystem of the ear, multiple system imbalances will be addressed such as: weight loss, stress and fatigue.

7.       Access Bars ($640) – (8 Sessions) This is a gentle, yet dynamic energy clearing of touching specific points on the head to facilitate clarity, non-judgement, and freedom from negativity.  The worst case scenario is that you will feel completely relaxed after your first session, the best case scenario is that your whole life will change.

8.       Thermography ($400) – (Before & After Half Body Imaging) A totally non-invasive clinical imaging procedure for detecting and monitoring a number of diseases and physical injuries by showing the thermal abnormalities present in the body. Has been known to detect breast cancer up to 8 years earlier than mammography.

9.       Mindful Eating Education ($100) – We will discuss and provide handouts on the benefits of increased purified water intake, vegetable juicing, increased plant-based eating, the benefits of smoothies and shakes, saliva pH, and the foods you should avoid and/or eliminate for increased energy and vitality.

10.   Vegan Protein Shakes ($60) – 2 canisters of your choice of flavors. Includes multiple vitamins and minerals as well as probiotics.

11.   Calendar of activities and suggested meals – each participate will receive their FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH calendar to schedule all of your sessions & treatments.

Total Package Cost $2,230 (discount if you join with a friend= $2,007 each)

WE ENCOURAGE ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNERS! Join with a friend and you both receive 10% off. Space is limited.

THIS IS GOING TO BE AN AMAZING, LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR MIND, YOUR BODY, & YOUR SPIRIT.  We intend for you to choose to gift this experience to your beautiful Self.  You deserve it!

Abnormal Cell Healing Testimonial

Carolina Holistic Health is proud to offer Asea redox technology and Electro Sound Lymphatic drainage at the clinic. These therapies when combined can have a profound positive effect on the body. Carolina Holistic Health does not make any medical claims and the identity of the patient in the testimonial has been kept private. The nature of her disease has also been described but not named in an effort to prevent making medical claims...the rest of the testimonial is in her words.

ASEA & Electro-Lymphatic Therapy have changed everything for me. I am 53 yrs old. In January of this year, I was diagnosed with Chronic LL (a serious disorder of the blood and lymph). Three months after, I was also diagnosed with Lymphedema on my right side. The Lymphedema was the most troublesome as my right leg felt like it weighed a ton, my right elbow was painful and my right hand and fingers were very heavy and often painful. As the "medical" field provided no hope or help for either condition, I began to research online alternative and natural options for my conditions. I found that for both disorders, rebounding on a mini trampoline helped move our lymphatic fluids. I purchased one and use it faithfully every day as it does help. Also was recommended to have lymphatic drainage done so I was beyond blessed when I found Christina @ Carolina Holistic Health in Travelers Rest, SC. I felt relief immediately after my first therapy session! She also recommended ASEA to me. I figured that it certainly wouldn't hurt to try it. If one doesn't try....one will never know. Also, I'm reaching for more time on this earth and will not go the Chemotherapy route! By day 5 of drinking the ASEA, I was astounded and extremely excited about all of the changes. Prior to drinking ASEA, I was sleeping 12-14 hours a day, had no energy at all....getting up was an effort...food was of no interest...things that I used to do and enjoy, didn't happen....night/day sweats....very foggy and did not retain or track well in my head at all. ASEA changed ALL of those things for me. It truly is something that I cannot describe. A complete 360 of the prior 6 months of my life. I can only say that... to me it is a miracle drink. I have life again! I am forever grateful to Christina...her wisdom...her knowledge...her caring and for giving me hope. And yes, also, the whole ASEA team of doctors and staff. MM~7/22/16

Tips For Improving Memory

There are so many ways to keep your memory sharp besides the old saying use it or lose it. I have found the following to be useful for my self and my patients…

Physical exercise                                                    

Believe it or not, when you’re exercising your body, you’re exercising your mind as well. Aerobic exercise gets your blood pumping, which increases the oxygen going to your brain and lowers your risk of disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease that can lead to memory loss. If you can, start with some exercise in the morning. This can clear your head right off the bat to stay focused and alert during the day. Exercises that require coordination are especially helpful for keeping the mind active such as simply throwing a ball back and forth. 
I have also found the Brain Gym methods very useful http://braingym.org/

2. Adequate sleep

Sleep is one of the best ways to make sure your brain and memory are in tip-top shape on a daily basis. To get the most out of your sleep, aim for 7.5-9 hours every night. Make sure to shut off the electronics at least an hour before bed to help the mind shut off as well. Try to limit your caffeine and alcohol intake earlier in the day. Both can result in a shallow sleep. 
Acupuncture is a great way to improve your quality and quantity of sleep. Here is a link to one such study http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1550-acupuncture-relieves-insomnia-and-extends-sleep

3. Keep your brain stimulated

Research has shown that keeping mental stimulation as we age is very important for lowering the risk of dementia. Stay social, interact with others, learn new skills, play mind-exercise games like crossword puzzles or Sudoku. Interacting with others and continuing to learn is vital for keeping the brain healthy at any age.

4. Decrease stress

Chronic stress can not only make someone miserable, but also cause serious long term effects. Stress over time has been shown to destroy brain cells and damage the area of the brain that creates new memories and recalls past ones. To avoid memory loss, minimize your stress. Don’t take on too many tasks if they overwhelm you, sometimes it is okay to say no. Make sure you have outlets to relieve stress whether it is physical exercise or talking with someone about your frustrations. Acupuncture has a profound effect on relieving stress and helping you keep that “zen” feeling all day long. For more information visit http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1502-acupuncture-blocks-stress-hormones

5. Superfoods and herbs are super important

Certain superfoods have shown to be significant in preventing memory loss. Make sure to get your 8-10 fruit and vegetable servings in, many are filled with antioxidants that help protect your brain cells. Eat more foods with omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna and foods cooked with olive oil. Some of my favorite herbs and foods for improving memory and cognition are: ginkgo biloba, ginseng, gotu kola, green tea, rosemary, goji berrries, bacopa and periwinkle.

The mother of all antioxidants is GLUTATHIONE and is only made by our body, not consumed in our diet. To help your body make more glutathione, try consuming avocados, asparagus, broccoli, garlic, raw eggs, spinach, tomatoes, and tumeric. Another sure fire way to boost glutathione by over 500% is by consuming 2 ounces twice a day of Asea~ the redox signaling drink. It is a scientific breakthrough that is improving peoples health all over the globe…including my own! I have been consuming Asea and its partner the topical gel called Renu 28 for almost 3 months now. So far I have noticed: 90 % decrease in eye floaters, 90% reduction in muscle & joint pain from a tick borne illness, better sleep, 95% improvement in energy levels, eczema is gone, palpitations are 98% gone, scars are disappearing, wrinkles and cellulite are disappearing, circulation has improved 90%, endurance and stamina has increased 85%, mood is balanced, menses are 90% less painful, memory is better, cognition is better, allergies are less, dry skin is much less, digestion is better, my hair and nails are growing twice as fast and gallbladder pain is less. This stuff is amazing!

There are over 100 ailments associated with low glutathione levels such as: ADD, Aging, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Autism, CFS, Diabetes, MS, Neurodegenerative disorders and trauma.

Increase your energy, strengthen your immune system, increase your mental focus and clarity, decrease your muscle/joint discomfort and improve your athletic performance with GLUTATHIONE.

For more information about Asea and Renu 28~ redox technology visit the following:

Link If you are interested in ordering Asea and Renu 28, there is a link at the bottom of the page.

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Your memory is important at any age. Start incorporating these healthy habits to keep a strong memory for years to come. You can and deserve to have a fantastic brain!

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Ways To Keep Kids Off Electronics

Ways to Keep Kids Off Electronics

In this day and age, kids seem to always be glued to some sort of electronic device. Whether it is a phone, computer or tablet, there is always some form of technology kids can get their hands on, As a parent, it can be frustrating and difficult to limit screen time. Below are some alternatives to keep your kids occupied and having fun without the need for a screen!

Get them outside
One of the best ways to keeps kids not only occupied but healthy is to get them playing outside. Whether it is hiking or playing catch, the outdoors have been proven to improve physical health as well as mental wellbeing. Studies have shown that kids who get more outdoor time can have reduced symptoms of ADHD. It is a great opportunity for children to let out energy in a constructive way while having fun.

Head to the library
Reading is a great pastime for a number of reasons. Making books and reading a regular activity in your household will not only help your child improve their reading skills, but will keep them focused and their imagination active. Take them to the library to explore and find what types of books they really like.

Consider a family pet
Family pets have benefits not only for kids but parents as well. They can be great companions for kids and their emotional development. Studies have shown that children who grow up with animals are better adjusted later on in life. Pets encourage nurturing, comfort and responsibility.

Make chores fun
Chores can be a drag, but also are important for children to learn responsibility and keep them busy and off their electronics. Make chores a game or a competition. Set goals and tell them when they complete a certain task they are on to the next “level”. Make chores a task that kids will look forward to doing!

It is especially important to limit screen time in summer when kids are out of school. Signing them up for a day camp or sport activity during summer can help keep them active and social. There are many different types of camps for kids from theatre and dance to outdoor and sport camps. This is also a great way to get them off your plate for a bit!

Yummy Sugar Free Dessert
It can be hard to get kids off sugar and maybe you’re even trying to kick the habit yourself. There are plenty of sweet alternatives that not only taste good but are healthy as well. So, throw out all the refined sugar you have at home and try easy recipes like the one below to fulfill your sweet cravings.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding Pops

Ingredients:
2 ripe avocados
6 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup powdered Swerve Sweetener
2 btsp cocoa powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp stevia extract
Dash of salt
2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate
2 tbsp coconut oil
Popsicle molds

Directions:
Either using a food processor or a blender, puree avocado until smooth. Next, add milk, sweetener, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, stevia extract and salt. Blend on low until the ingredients are mixed well.

Melt chocolate with coconut oil for 30 seconds in the microwave or until melted.

Pour melted chocolate with other ingredients in the blender or processor and run on low until the ingredients are well mixed.

Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for at least three hours. Enjoy!

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Heart Health Help With TCM

The Heart According to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the heart can be considered the most important organ in the body. All other organs connect to the heart and help the heart function as best it can. According to TCM, regulated blood circulation depends on the heart’s energy flow, or Qi. When the heart does not have enough Qi and is deficient in Yang, it can result in poor blood circulation, weak pulse, palpitations and chest pain.

A Heart Yang deficiency is associated with coldness. When Yang is not in balance, circulation slows resulting in extreme coldness and a pale face. A Yin deficiency happens when one is overworked and does not give the body and mind a chance to slow down. Fatigue and anxiety are symptoms of a Yin imbalance.

Imbalances in the heart can result in many other issues as well. When one is stressed, a domino effect happens in the body. The liver’s function decreases when the body is in high stress, therefore it cannot support the heart.

According to TCM, the heart is also the source of consciousness and thinking. When one’s blood circulation is in balance, their thought processes and mental activities function well. If the heart’s energy is deficient, one can experience anxiety, insomnia and restlessness.

TCM believes that acupuncture treatment can reduce stress and return the heart to health. When one is consistently stressed, there is an increased level in adrenaline and cortisol due to a raised blood pressure. When these stress hormones increase in the body, one is more susceptible to blood clots and a risk of heart attack.

Acupuncture works by lowering the body’s blood pressure and heart rate, which then can lower cortisol and adrenaline levels. Specific acupuncture points are used on the body to relax the mind and address problems like hypertension and symptoms of heart disease.

Acupuncture works by addressing the body as a whole. When there is an imbalance in the heart, acupuncture points work to return the body back to its normal energy flow, which improves the function of the organs.

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6 Healthy Foods for the Heart

Changing the way you eat is one of the best ways to improve heart health. By making an active choice to improve your lifestyle, you can see your heart health improve greatly as well. Below are superfoods to incorporate into your diet.

Salmon
Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help decrease the risk of an irregular heartbeat, lower plaque build-up in the arteries and decrease triglycerides, the main type of fat in our bodies. It is recommended by the American Heart Association to eat salmon or other fatty fish at least twice a week.

Potatoes
Believe it or not, potatoes can be very beneficial for heart health. Potatoes are packed with potassium and fiber, which can help lower blood pressure and risk for heart disease. As long as they are not fried, potatoes can be a great food option unless you have arthritis.

Nuts
You can’t go wrong with nuts. Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts and macadamia nuts are rich with fiber and vitamin E, which helps lower cholesterol. Don’t be skeptical by the high fat content of nuts, those who eat nuts regularly have been shown to be leaner than those who don’t. Walnuts among other nuts also contain high amount of omega-3 fatty acids.

Green Vegetables
There are many benefits to vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and kale. These vegetables can especially help your heart because of the high amounts of vitamins, minerals and carotenoids, which act as an antioxidant. Including green vegetables into your diet every day not only can improve overall health but give the heart a boost.  

Avocado
Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fats that can help lower the risk of heart disease and help control cholesterol levels. This fruit is also rich in antioxidants and potassium, making it a superfood that can be easily incorporated into meals.

Oatmeal
Oatmeal is not only practical and affordable, but high in soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol. Choose oatmeal or plain oats with no added sugar. Make sure to be especially careful with instant oatmeal, which a lot of times contains added ingredients.

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