We are living in an age where the number of heart disease are increasing daily. According a new study by the America Heart Association the heart failure rates is expected to increase by 14% by the year 2030. This risk may also involve young people due to the lifestyle changes that we are facing.
For this reason it is vital that you take care of your heart health as this can help to preserve your life. To combat this one important aspect, you need to focus on the right diets, because remember you are what you eat. Having faced a heart related condition myself in my early 20s I have been able to get my heart health back and this topic has been my core focus over the past 8 years. I have been doing this by focusing on diets that reverse heart disease or decrease the risk.
In this article I was talk ,briefly, about how a vegan diet helped me get my heart health back and why a vegan diet for heart disease is the best food choice. I will also talk about how you can incorporate this vegan lifestyle in your diet to not only help get rid of heart disease but to prevent any heart disease from happening in the future.
What is a vegan diet?
A vegan diet is based on the consumption of plant based foods ranging from fruits to vegetables and also whole grains. This excludes all animal product like meat and also by-products of animal products which are dairy products like cheese.
There are many reasons why some people choose to follow this diet. The following are the many reasons why people decide to follow this diet.
Ethics to environmental concerns
Many people feel that the killing of animals is the destroying or destruction of the environment. Thus it is a very deep issue for them. This thus leads to them being against anything that leads to the obstruction of animals for use whether food or clothing. They thus choose the vegan diet since it totally excludes any sort of animal usage.
In many instances a critical condition like a heart disease or a blocked heart artery may cause a person to resort to this diet. This is because this diet does not have the bad cholesterol that normal meals have. This is the result of the diet having the nutrients which do not clog or harm the body.
Some people may resort to this diet due to religion customs when it comes to animals.
Types of vegan diets
The vegan is divided into other sub categories depending on what you are comfortable eating. Although there are lot of these types of vegans research and the general population rarely makes a differentiation between these types. The following are the types of vegan diets that exist:
- Raw food vegan diet
This diet includes raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. This diet includes foods that are cooked under 48 degree Celsius in the vegan diet only
- Starch solution
This is a low fat with a high carbohydrate content diet. This vegan diet focuses on the consumption of cooked potatoes and rice and corn only. This excludes fruits and veggies.
- Whole food
This vegan diet includes the whole foods of veggies and fruits, whole grains, legumes and nuts
This vegan diet is also known as the 811 diet, which incorporates low fat, raw vegan diet. This diet is based on the fact that a diet should be based on 80% of its calories coming from carbohydrates with 10% from nut and the other 10% from fats.
- Raw till 4
- Thrive diet
In this diet raw plant based foods and whole foods are eaten.
- Junk food vegan
This diet focuses more on processed vegan foods and lacks the whole foods. The diet includes fries and other artificial meat and cheese.
As I had said above these categories are rarely distinguished. So in this article we are talking about the vegan diet in a broad aspect which people commonly use.
How a vegan diet helps the heart
If there is one thing I have learnt is that the heart and it’s surrounding arteries really favor foods which have natural fats and gets in trouble if you constantly put other bad fats which are generally processed.
This is because the heart gets effected by a substance called cholesterol. There is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol as stated by Medline Plus. The bad cholesterol which is called LDL cholesterol is linked to heart disease. This cholesterol is said to clog the heart arteries over time and eventually cause a heart attack or a heart condition. On the other hand the good cholesterol (HDL) is said to help your organs in your body.
There are foods which have the LDL cholesterol. These foods include red meat and dairy products and other processed foods like cakes. As you can see these foods are not in the vegan diet. The fact is that plant based foods have natural fats or no fats at all. This means there is no clogging of the heart arteries can likely occur.
According to the third report of the National cholesterol Education Program the right amount of HDL cholesterol in the blood system should be between 40 and 60 milligram/deciliter (mg/dL). The foods that contain this cholesterol are mostly plant based and include the following:
- Legumes and beans
- Whole grains
- High fiber fruits-Apples,pears
- Red wine
As you can see from the above list most foods are those that the vegan diet focuses on. This is the reason why I was able to help unclog my heart arteries at a young age. I incorporated mostly this diet. Another vital diet is the Mediterranean diet which I focused on mainly for my heart artery unclogging and this is the diet I recommend if you are looking to unclog the heart arteries. This diet is very good for assisting you to quickly regain your clog heart arteries.
Other benefits of the vegan diet
- Shredding of body weight
- Fresher breath
- Healthier skin and hair
When you are deciding to enter the vegan diet from a meat-eating diet I would advise you to take this one step at a time. This will help your body get use to the change of the new diet slowly. An ideal path to get unto the vegan diet is to start off with a Mediterranean diet.
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