Diets Containing Good Fats Are Good For You!
A recent study by the American Heart Association concluded that an estimated 80 million Americans are affected by some form cardiovascular disease. Even though that statistic can be alarming, there are positive steps that we can take to help improve the conditions of current heart disease holders.
Replace Your Sources of Fat, Don't Just Eliminate Them!
Reducing your intake of saturated fats and trans fats in your diet and replacing them with "good fats" will have a positive effect on cholesterol levels and vascularity or circulatory health, both of which are large contributors to heart disease. Substituting monounsaturated fats or polyunsaturated fats and not eliminating fats alone will substantially reduce your chance of sustaining a heart attack. The American Heart Association has noted that by doing so it may reduce the risk of heart attack by up to 14%.
Have You Recently Had Your Cholesterol Level Checked?
A high diet in unsaturated fats helps reduce heart disease and stroke by reducing both total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglyceride (Fat in the Blood) levels. One good fat source, omega-9 fatty acids, have been shown to increase HDL "good " and decrease LDL "bad" cholesterol. This ultimatley helps prevent plaque buildup in the arteries, which my cause heart attack or stroke. The lower your choleserol levels are the lower your chances are towards sustaining a heart attack or stroke.
Protect Your Arteries!!
Replacing trans and saturated fats with omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 has been shown to prevent atherosclerosis or "hardening of the artieries". To better understand the this substitution just think of saturated and trans fats as solids that eventually can clog your artieries, restricting a healthy blood flow. Omega-9 fatty acids (commonly referred to as monounsaturated fats) have been linked to protect against metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease risk factors.
Taking the right precautionary steps now will only help your overall health and decrease your chances of being diagnosed with any form of cardiovascular disease. 1Team Fitness professionals will touch on this specific topic as well as many other vital details regarding living a healhy lifestyle. You only have 1 shot at being the healthiest person you can be. 1 Team Fitness can help!