Our bodies are full of blood vessels and arteries that carry oxygenated blood to all parts of our bodies. This process is how we fuel our bodies and keep them active and functioning. The perfect idea is that all those arteries and vessels are clean and clear for optimal blood movement. But...sometimes we find small deposits of plaque build up in those pathways. Plague buildup is developed when cholesterol sticks to the wall of the arteries. Our immune systems sends white blood cells to attack the cholesterol which leads to inflammation. This can cause a blockage which can inhibit blood flow and cause other serious complications like heart attack. Did you know that heart disease accounts for nearly one-third of all deaths worldwide?? Diet can play a vital role in improving your heart health and reducing plague build up. There are certain foods that can help lower your cholesterol level to help keep your arteries and vessels clear. These foods usually have high levels of soluble fiber and good healthy fats. Whole grain oats just happen to be one of those super foods. They have a high level of soluble fiber which helps lower levels of bad cholesterol. Chia seeds and flax seeds can also be beneficial for heart health because of their high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have many beneficial properties but the heart health benefit we need is the reduction of plaque build-up and inflammation. These healthy seeds help keep your arteries clear and clean. Throw them into your morning oats for an added punch against heart disease!!
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