This month at the Fruitful Yield, we are placing a special emphasis on cardiovascular support. Join us in stores or online as we celebrate Heart Health Month!
Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that heart disease leads to over half a million deaths a year. Many factors affect the condition of the cardiovascular system. Therefore, we have compiled a list of helpful ways to show your heart some love this February (and all year round)!

Add Some Spice to Your Life

Adding spices to your meals not only enhances the flavor, but the high levels of antioxidants encourage the digestion of fat. Garlic is a simple and delicious way to boost cardiovascular health. The herb contains allicin, a compound rich in sulfur that aids in cellular detoxification.
If you’re a fan of heat, try adding a sprinkle of cayenne into your diet. Cayenne’s active ingredient capsaicin has been studied for its positive effects on regulating blood pressure. For those looking to forgo the taste or heat, a supplement version is available. Reap the healthful and flavorful benefits of these delicious herbs and spices!

Boost Your Fats and Fiber

Nutrient dense fats such as avocado and raw nuts are incredible sources of nutrients and unsaturated fats. A handful of nuts or half an avocado a day offers an abundance of minerals that can aid in supporting a healthy blood pressure range.
Incorporate foods containing omega-3 fatty acids to promote heart health. The consumption of these fats aid in maintaining the flexibility of arteries and veins. Fish is one of the more popular known sources of omega-3 fatty acids, but there are many plant sources as well. For those following a plant-focused diet, flax seeds and chia seeds offer omega-3 benefits as well.

Eat the Rainbow

We’ve all heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and here at the Fruitful Yield we tend to agree! Incorporating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables to your diet is essential. Consuming vibrant whole foods ensures that you’re nourishing the body with antioxidant (or free-radical-fighting) foods.
Berries such as pomegranates and blueberries contain heart-loving phytonutrients. Add a handful to yogurt in the morning or save for a sweet afternoon snack!
Dark leafy greens are another addition to boosting heart health. Rich greens such as Swiss Chard and kale contain crucial vitamins and fiber that support the heart's many duties. The high levels of B vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium and potassium, support heart health. Try throwing a few handfuls of greens into a smoothie, or pack for a healthy lunch on the go!

Break a Sweat

You don’t have to be an elite athlete to enjoy the cardiovascular benefits of a great workout! A study conducted at Harvard University noted the importance of elevating your heart rate through aerobic exercise to maintain optimal heart health.
Pick your favorite work out and aim for thirty minutes of activity. Go for a scenic hike or partake in a tennis match. Maintaining an elevated heart rate for longer periods of time works your heart and lungs. Routine exercise improves muscle function. If you’re looking for a lower intensity workout, enjoy a long walk or go for a swim. As the days grow longer and warmer, take the opportunity to get active!
We hope these heart-loving tips encourage you to focus on heart health this February! What is your favorite way to show your heart some love? Let us know in the comments below. Feel free to visit us in stores if you have any questions on cardiovascular health!