How Heart Healthy is Your Diet?

Are you snacking while you read this? Spacing meals, and adding heart healthy snacks can both bring down the total calories consumed and increase the total nutrition that you consume. SWD, or snacking while driving, or SWAM, Snacking while at the Movies, or SAE, snacking after exercise, are very different types of snacks. Appropriate snacking after exercise to both replace fluids and electrolytes (like potassium) is heart healthy. SWD and SWAM might contain both empty calories and food additives, like extra salt that is not heart healthy.  Women who carry extra pounds, run high blood pressure, have abnormal cholesterol, abnormal markers of heart inflammation, or don't get enough exercise, are especially in need of healthy diets. Pregnant women, athletes, and those who want to be at the top of their game memory-wise all can benefit from nutritional fine tuning. Blood work at Women's Health Practice can help you achieve these goals according to your own metabolism and genetics. Top questions to review with your gyno to see if your heart is getting her best nutritio:

■Are you eating 5 servings (about 2 ½ cups) of vegetables and fruits?
Should you be on a Mediterranean diet or are your genetics programed not to benefit from this?
■Is your diet high in fats as in too many processed foods or  high in saturated and trans fats?
■Is the diet high in sodium (eg, processed foods, eating out), "SWAM"?
■Does your diet have enough Vitamin D, Potassium, Magnesium, all of these can be measured!
■Is the diet high in sugar?  How about too high in carbs? Skip the whip in your low fat mocha!


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