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10 Diet Tips to Keep Your Arteries Clean

10 Diet Tips to Keep Your Arteries Clean

A small amount of thickening and loss of elasticity in the arteries is a natural part of aging, but if we regularly eat fatty foods and fail to exercise, the arteries start narrowing dangerously. They get clogged with deposits that look like porridge. In fact, the term for clogged arteries, “atherosclerosis,” is made up of two words: athero which in Greek means porridge, and sclerosis, which means hardening.

And here’s a scary fact: arteries can get up to 85% clogged before you notice the first signs of heart disease.

With some simple precautions and diet changes, it is possible to keep arteries clean and healthy. Your aim should be to lower LDL, the bad cholesterol that clogs arteries. This can be done by focusing on a healthier diet. Here are some sound suggestions health experts make:

  • Choose low-fat cheese, but be careful–some low-fat varieties have too much sodium. Harvard School of Public Health advises that you choose the cheese you like and enjoy small amounts of it.
  • Switch to lower-fat milk, especially if your milk consumption is high.
  • Eat more apples and oatmeal: the soluble fiber in them lowers bad cholesterol.
  • Enjoy baked potato instead of fries or wedges.
  • Use low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream.
  • Reduce or totally stop your consumption of packaged cookies, crackers, and chips—they contain harmful trans fats that are bad news for your arteries.
  • Cook with olive oil or vegetable oil instead of butter and margarine.
  • Add more beans and vegetables to casseroles and chili; reduce the amount of meat.
  • Include avocado in your diet. It has monounsaturated fat and many important nutrients that benefit the heart.
  • Low-fat frozen yogurt is a better choice than full-fat ice cream. Better still, eat fresh fruit.


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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4:24AM PST on Jan 29, 2014

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2:25AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

I stick to full cream milk for my coffee because I would use 3 times as much milk to get the coffee to taste the way I like if I use low-fat milk. And also, drinking too much milk gives me a lot of phlegm.

11:33PM PST on Jan 26, 2014

Good ideas.

3:16AM PST on Jan 26, 2014

See a doctor or nutritionist and ask what is best for you....

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