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Would you like to kick start your healthy
journey simply and effectively? Well, with this
incredible article from Natural Living Ideas you
can start by making sure your heart is in great
shape.
These 21 foods naturally unclog arteries,
making sure your heart is healthy, happy and
working brilliantly.

If your goal is to restore or maintain a
healthy heart, there are a variety of foods
that can help to unclog arteries of plaque
build-up, lower your blood pressure, and
reduce inflammation – the main culprits of
cardiovascular illness.
Many of the foods on this list contain
healthy fats, antioxidants, and soluble fiber
which are great not only for your heart, but
also to promote healthy skin, hair, hormone
production, and nutrient absorption. You
can feel better, have more energy, and
improve your heart health without the use
of toxic chemicals.

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  1. Asparagus
    One of the best vegetables for clearing
    arteries, asparagus is full of fiber and
    minerals, as well as a long list of vitamins
    including K, B1, B2, C, and E. Asparagus
    can help to lower blood pressure and
    prevent blood clots that can cause serious
    cardiovascular illness. Try steaming raw
    asparagus for maximum vitamin potential!

    1. Avocado
      The next time you make a sandwich or
      salad, consider adding a few slices of
      avocado in lieu of mayonnaise or heavy
      salad dressing. Studies have shown that the
      daily consumption of avocado result in
      improved blood cholesterol with a decrease
      in triglycerides and LDL of around 22% and
      an 11% increase in HDL – the “good”
      cholesterol that helps to keep arteries clear
      of obstructions. Not only can this delicious
      fruit help to keep your blood flowing
      smoothly, the average avocado also contains
      around 4 grams protein and 11 grams of
      fiber, not to mention an impressive list of
      vitamins and antioxidants.
    2. Broccoli
      Broccoli is another vegetable that is loaded
      with vitamin K which helps to prevent
      calcification or hardening of arteries. Eating
      vitamin- and antioxidant-packed broccoli
      can also help to prevent oxidation of LDL
      cholesterol which can lead to serious heart
      conditions. This super healthy veggie also
      offers a heart-healthy dose of fiber which
      helps to normalize blood-pressure and
      reduce stress that may cause tears (and
      eventually plaque build-up) in arterial walls.
  2. Chia Seeds
    When included daily as part of a heart-
    healthy diet, the fiber and alpha-linolenic
    acid contained in just two ounces of Chia
    seeds can help to keep arteries clear by
    regulating blood pressure, reducing LDL
    cholesterol, lowering triglycerides, and
    increasing HDL cholesterol. Also, because
    daily cardiovascular exercise is another
    excellent way to improve heart health and
    keep arteries clear, Chia seeds are doubly
    effective. The boost of protein and
    nutrients offered by this tiny superfood can
    help to make any workout feel just a little
    bit easier.

  3. Cinnamon
    You’ve probably heard that a spoonful of
    sugar helps the medicine go down. But did
    you know that a spoonful of cinnamon
    makes your risk of heart disease go down?
    Just one tablespoon of ground cinnamon
    per day can work to reduce cholesterol
    levels while at the same time clearing and
    preventing plaque build-up. Cinnamon is
    also full of antioxidants which further
    improve cardiovascular health by protecting
    blood from damaging oxidation. So put
    down the sugar and start enjoying
    cinnamon. Try this fragrant spice in a cup
    of tea or sprinkled on top of coffee. Or
    check out these recipes on EatingWell with
    cinnamon.

    1. Coconut Oil

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Disregard the old myth that all saturated
fats are bad and the leading cause of
cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis.
Regular consumption of coconut oil – about
2 or 3 tablespoons per day – can help to
reduce plaque build-up in the arteries by
aiding the conversion of cholesterol in the
blood stream into a form that our bodies
can use. The high concentration of
medium-chain triglyceride, lauric acid
present in coconut oil is also thought to
improve blood coagulation as well as to
perform antioxidant functions in the blood
stream, further diminishing the risk of heart
disease.

  1. Coffee
    Also contrary to popular belief, coffee is not
    bad for your health. Studies have found
    that drinking between 8 and 16 oz of coffee
    per day can reduce your risk of heart
    disease by around 20%. Just remember to
    take all things in moderation, including
    caffeine. Over-consumption of any
    stimulant has the potential to increase your
    blood pressure and heart rate, which can
    lead to some serious health problems.

  2. Cranberries
    Cranberries are another antioxidant-rich
    food which can help to improve
    cardiovascular health by reducing LDL and
    raising HDL cholesterol levels. In fact,
    cranberry juice has more antioxidant power
    than all but one other fruit juice (100% red
    or black grape being the exception.) Enjoy
    two servings of 100% pure organic cranberry
    juice daily to protect your heart and
    improve your health.

    1. Cold-water “Fatty”
      Fish
      Also rich in healthy fats, cold-water fish like
      salmon, mackerel, sardines, and tuna can
      help to clear arteries. Try to eat fish twice
      per week to reduce plaque build-up and
      inflammation that can lead to heart
      disease. Also, eating cold-water fish can
      help to improve your overall cholesterol –
      lowering triglyceride levels and increasing
      HDL cholesterol in the blood-stream.
    2. Flaxseeds
      One of the best sources of alpha-linolenic
      acid ( ALA ), flaxseeds are known for their
      ability to reduce blood-pressure and
      inflammation, helping to keep arteries clear
      of obstructions and improve overall heart
      health. Enjoy a serving of 100% organic
      golden flaxseed added to a delicious
      smoothie or in one of these heart-healthy
      recipes by EatingWell !
    3. Green Tea
      especially nutrient-rich Matcha green tea –
      contains high levels of catechins , antioxidant
      plant phenols which hinder the absorption
      of cholesterol during digestion. Enjoy a cup
      or two of green tea every day to improve
      your blood-lipid levels and help reduce
      arterial blockage. Green tea also provides a
      natural boost to the metabolism which can
      help you to lose weight, further bolstering
      your cardiovascular health.

Heads on to Natural Living, the full resources are there.

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