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How Heart Healthy Foods Help Your Mind

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We all know it; eating healthy helps you stay healthy. As you age, it’s especially important to eat things that are healthy for your heart. Why is that?

Heart and Mind

The health of your heart affects your mind. If you focus your diet to heart healthy foods, you could be protecting your mind in the long run. Studies show that 80% of people with Alzheimer’s also have cardiovascular disease. The studies are ongoing to find out why this connection is so prevalent.

But, what we can take away from these statistics is clear — eating healthy is not only good for our physical wellness, but our mental health as well.

What foods are heart healthy?

Have you ever heard of a Mediterranean diet? It’s the optimal choice for those looking for a diet that’s easier on the heart. It’s a diet that focuses on fruits and vegetables and limits red meats. It’s recommended to eat poultry and/or fish at least twice a week.

Eat them fresh, prepared, or however you desire. Have fun with it — learn a new recipe, perhaps one of the following sounds like something you’d like to try:

  • Salmon with Warm Tomato-Olive Salad
  • Bass Agrodolce with Spaghetti Squash and Mushrooms
  • Broccoli Rabe With Cherry Peppers
  • Broiled Salmon with Herb Mustard Glaze
  • Cauliflower Couscous
  • Turkey-Hummus Sliders

Perhaps you’d just like to know what to buy and create your own recipes — Dr. Oz compiled a Mediterranean Diet Shopping List. Expand your horizons by trying something new and exciting! What is there to lose? You might discover a new favorite dish — and your heart and mind will thank you for it!

At The Esquiline, we are dedicated to making sure our residents have the means to achieve whole-person wellness. Read more on our wellness blog!

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