Plant-based food is not a myth when it comes to heart health. So much positive nd negative news circles around the Internet that it’s often challenging to know what to believe. Plant-based food critically contributes to the overall health of your body: from digestion to the circulatory system. You need a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle to deliver optimal nutrition for your long-term heart health.
When you incorporate lifestyle modification into your daily regime, then your heart, blood flow and circulation are healthier. If your choice is to eat foods high in saturated fat, salt, and animal flesh, your body becomes inflamed, blood flow suffers, and your heart works harder to pump blood throughout the body.
A plant-based food diet incorporates raw foods and vegetables prepared in the proper way to maintain nutrients. If you plan to saute your veggies, then think about the proper oils to use like grapeseed (with a high reliability in high heat) and extra virgin olive oil. Once you launch onto the path of healthier nutrition, it becomes natural. You can make the change to plant-based food as your primary nutrition choice.
Sara Soulati And Lifestyle Modification with Plant-Based Food
As we age, plant-based food becomes more important. The body’s gastro-intestinal system digests animal flesh and saturated fats more slowly causing inflammation, bloating and discomfort. Adding a diet rich in fruits and more vegetables becomes critical to health long term.
You may know about Sara Soulati. She invented a lifestyle program centered upon plant-based food. She eliminates all unhealthy, processed foods; eliminates animal flesh; recommends only sprinkles of Himalayan pink salt; says no to caffeine; and, always eliminates aturated fats in daily nutrition. In addition, Sara Soulati, CEO of Soulaire, Inc., formerly known as Global Cardio Care, recommends the proper timing of when to eat fruits (that have more natural sugars).
To top it off, Sara Soulati recommends lots and lots of water two hours prior to eating and two hours after a meal. Of course, drinking two liters of water when you first awake to flush the overnight toxins from the body should be part of your daily regime.
Plant-Based Food Contributes To Healthy Vital Signs
When people come to see Sara Soulati, she and her team of lifestyle coaches assess each person’s vital signs. You know what these are, right?
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar
The Sara Soulati Health For Life Program puts lifestyle and lifestyle modification first. It looks at vital signs and all the measurements associated with each. When these numbers increase, the body transmits warning signs: shortness of breath, poor circulation (and being cold), lack of stamina, poor sleep patterns, malaise, depression, disease, and many more.
Nutrition impacts heart health, the circulatory system and inflammation, to name a few. Plant-based food critically impacts lifestyle long term. We encourage your understanding of how!
You can reverse symptoms of a poor, unhealthy diet with daily intake of plant-based foods. Sometimes people choose to be vegetarian; however, many think that eating lots of bread is a good thing (because it’s not meat). That couldn’t be farther from the truth! Overeating carbs is nearly worse than eating meat. The carbs turn directly to sugar and cause the pancreas to work harder. Diabetes is a byproduct of carbohydrates and a sedentary lifestyle.
Plant-Based Foods To Eat Daily
These are recommended plant-based foods to add to your daily nutrition planning:
- Cayenne Pepper consists of capsaicin. According to Healthline.com, “Capsaicin promotes blood flow to tissues by lowering blood pressure and stimulating the release of nitric oxide and other vasodilators — or compounds that help expand your blood vessels.”
We are delighted to share this with you because nitric oxide is part of our language!
As an aside, during EECP (Enhanced External Counterpulsation), our circulation therapy designed to prevent and reverse cardiovascular disease, the squeezing mechanism of the cuffs around your calves, thighs and buttocks causes the release of nitric oxide within the arteries. This hormone opens the arteries wider to allow passage of blood flow and thus enhanced circulation. When your arteries are soft, elastic and supple that means they are wide open and contribute to healthy circulation.
- Onions benefit heart health as they contain flavonoid antioxidants. In addition, onions have anti-inflammatory properties helping reduce inflammation in the veins and arteries. These factors contribute to heart health by reducing inflammation and improving circulation.
- Cinnamon improves “blood vessel dilation and blood flow in the coronary artery which supplies blood to the heart.”
- Garlic. You may have heard that garlic likely lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels. Its sulfur compounds lend to efficiency of blood flow.
- Beets. Remember the mention of nitric oxide when we listed cayenne pepper? Beets are high in nitrates which your body converts to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide, a hormone secreted during EECP, contributes to arterial health and increases blood flow to muscle tissue, as well.
- Turmeric. Turmeric with its compound called curcumin, contributes to heart health and inflammation. People with diabetes often gravitate to this spice as a way to increase nitric oxide production, decrease inflammation, and improve blood circulation.
Fruits and Vegetables Comprise Plant-Based Food
In addition to fruits and leafy-green vegetables or orange ones like squash and sweet potato, nuts are important to vegan nutrition for their anti-oxidant qualities. Walnuts are known to have high impact on blood pressure, inflammation, and the function of blood vessels, too. Other nuts, like almonds, should be included as snacks between meals in small quantities.
If you suffer from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, a previous stroke, or you’d like to prevent these conditions from happening, you may be a candidate for EECP and our lifestyle modification program. At two locations in Los Angeles, we offer lifestyle coaching with our non-surgical therapy to directly address your overall heart health. You may reach us at 310-473-3030 to schedule a complimentary session.