Heart Disease Problem
Heart disease is currently a huge problem, killing 73,000 people a year in the UK, with those numbers only set to rise. 1 in 6 men, and 1 in 10 women die from coronary heart disease according to the NHS’s own website.
Sedentary lifestyles, poor diet, smoking and life stress all contribute to heart disease. But life is hectic. Often we don’t have the time to make elaborate meals that fit in all the nutritional needs of the heart, let alone all the other parts of our body that are struggling to hold on. This is perhaps where companies that make nutritional shakes and meal replacements find a foothold.
However, of course it’s best for us to get what we need from real food itself. Imagine there is a food that was quick to prepare, cheap and easily included in many recipes or dishes that offers powerful anti heart disease properties…
Powerful anti-heart disease properties
I give you the humble beetroot. You can buy packs of steamed beetroot for a pound or less at the supermarket.
Beetroot is high in nitrates. These natural compounds are turned into nitric oxide inside the body, which improves blood flow and reduces blood pressure. Studies show that drinking 2 glasses of beetroot juice can lower blood pressure in healthy adults.
Boosts endurance performance
Another great benefit, is it seems to boost endurance performance as it helps more oxygen to get to the working muscles.
Beetroot can easily be added to any salad. Another good option is chopping up a couple of steamed beetroots and placing them in a stew. My favourite way of getting my beetroot, and also the easiest way, is to put beetroot and frozen blueberries in a smoothie. Have this in addition to what you usually have for breakfast. Having this heart-protecting smoothie for breakfast also ensures you knowing you’ve done something really good for your yourself before the day has even started.
Heart disease looks set to be a common cause of death and of heart disease in general for the coming decades. This quick and easy tip could be the difference between you making those statistics better or worse.
Guest author, Dan Cossins, is a former international sprinter. An experienced personal trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, he has been helping people transform their health for over seven years, as well as coaching track and field athletes to many major championships, including the Olympics. Dan can be contacted at Well holistic therapies centre in Bath.