This Valentine’s Day, get heart healthy with seaweed
With Valentine's Day approaching, everyone is thinking about hearts, but what about thinking about your heart health instead? Now is a great time to start forming heart-healthy habits and choosing to eat foods that are good for you, like seaweed. According to the Heart Foundation, heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States. While cardiovascular diseases currently affect around 29 percent of adults in the U.S., there are many steps you can take to improve your own health and reduce your risk.
Manage your weight
Proper weight management is essential for your heart health. Obesity or significant weight gain are often precursors to diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. To encourage weight loss to prevent these types of conditions, doctors constantly urge patients to make changes in their exercise and dietary habits.
Sometimes, these changes are small. Experts from the Heart Foundation recommend either engaging in moderate aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes five days a week or doing more intense workouts for 20 minutes three days a week to maintain a healthy weight and heart.
When it comes to diet, a study by the Centre for Food Innovation at Sheffield Hallam University found that including a teaspoon of Seagreens seaweed at breakfast could reduce overall caloric intake by 179 calories through the rest of the day. This is a significant finding, considering previous research that determined reducing daily intake by 100 calories could prevent weight gain.
Cut down on sodium
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report that said 89 percent of adults in the U.S. exceed recommended sodium intake, which is currently capping sodium levels at 2,300 milligrams per day. Because excess sodium is so widespread, nutritionists and researchers have been investigating different ways for people to reduce how much they consume.
In 2013, the American Heart Association held a two-day interactive forum to discuss the implications of reducing sodium content in all food. Citing different research, the conference group concluded that consuming high amounts of sodium can lead to high blood pressure and other heart-related conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and stroke. The group specifically pointed to processed and restaurant foods because they account for more than 75 percent of sodium content in American diets. The Institute of Medicine says that bread, pizza, deli meats, soups, poultry and cheese are among the foods most responsible for this statistic.
To expand on this idea, Danish researchers released a study that urged the public to use healthier alternatives to salt. They specifically referred to research from Sheffield Hallam University on Seagreens wild Wrack seaweed as a salt replacement that found it could maintain shelf life and flavor in manufactured food but cut down sodium levels to 3 percent instead of 40, like in regular salt. The research concluded that this alternative could replace up to 100 percent of salt content in manufactured food products, but even just 50 percent can effectively aid weight regulation.
To have a heart-healthy Valentine's Day, try using Seagreens Mineral Salt. Every Seagreens product contains all the minerals, micronutrients, trace elements and vitamins that can be found in all-natural, organic seaweed. Seagreens organic wild wrack seaweeds are produced to the company's award-winning proprietary standard (patents pending) among Scotland's remote Western Islands in pristine Grade A waters. All Seagreens products are organic, kosher and certified free from allergens and contaminants.