There’s no doubt that diet plays a role in your health and risk for illness. Some diets can make you sick, while others can keep you healthy.
It’s not even necessarily about “diets” per se, but rather how and what you eat.
For example, eating a lot of processed foods can damage your body and make you sick. These types of foods can contribute to plaque along arterial walls, high blood pressure, inflammation, and all kinds of chronic illnesses.
On the other hand, there are foods you can eat that fight these very things.
Some foods can literally help blood flow through your veins and arteries.
Fiber-rich foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables can help clean plaque from arteries. Other foods, high in certain amino acids and other compounds, can relax and expand veins so blood moves more easily.
Antioxidant-rich foods can help fight inflammation in veins that make them stiff, rigid, and tight.
So, it doesn’t necessarily matter what “diet” you’re on. As long as you’re limiting processed foods – common in the “Western” or “Standard American” diet – and eating more whole, fresh, unprocessed foods, you’re likely to get better blood flow.
How can you do this? By thinking a little more when you shop. Sure, the frozen hamburgers are already prepared and taste really good, but you can buy some ground beef, season the meat yourself, and get more value from the meal.
Instead of serving it up with a side of frozen fries, opt for a fresh salad, homemade roasted sweet potato fries, or a grain salad.
Cutting processed snacks can be as simple as trading in the chips for some nuts or rice cakes, or a sweet piece of fruit.
Better blood flow keeps your heart healthy and your organs functioning at a high level. Think about how food affects your health and watch your diet take shape.