On this World Heart Day, Celebrate every Beat!
The heart is one of the most important organs in your body, which works tirelessly to keep your blood flowing. This uniquely designed organ pumps blood all day, every day, even while you’re asleep. For that very reason, we should take special care of this vital muscle and make sure we keep our hearts healthy and fit. Let’s take a moment to learn about the importance of keeping your heart hale and hearty.
Every year, over 17 million people die due to Cardio-Vascular Diseases (CVD) across the globe. In India alone, we have 30 million heart patients. Numbers such as these put the importance of World Heart Day in focus – a day to raise awareness and work together to ensure we all have healthy hearts.
One of the first steps we must take in this direction is to ensure everyone has access to a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet – a task which is getting increasingly difficult with the ever-increasing population.
At Monsanto, we place the health and nutrition of everyone as our top priority. We endeavor to bring nutritious food and a balanced plate to one and all. To achieve this challenging goal, we work with farmers and agriculture-tech experts to maximize the output of every acre of farmland.
A well-fed tummy does not always translate to a healthy heart. Obesity is also drastically rising in India – a condition that makes you more prone to heart disease. The trick is to eat right! Here are some items you must feature in your daily intake to keep that heart pumping at its best:
Fruits and vegetables:
Wake up to a delicious breakfast with generous portions of melon, grapefruit, bananas, raisins and berries. Add a chilled glass of freshly-squeezed, unsweetened fruit juice to keep you refreshed through the day.
Whole grains such as oatmeal, whole cornmeal, and brown rice are a great source of protein, fiber and other nutrients which you’d otherwise lose out on if they’re refined.
Low-fat dairy products:
Who says low-fat dairy doesn’t taste just as good? Swap that regular milk for the skimmed, low-fat, toned version and you’ll find your morning cup of tea to be just as tasty but a whole lot healthier.
Skinless poultry and fish:
Protein is an essential part of our diet and who can really resist some of that delicious tandoori chicken? But you can always skip the fat! Try the leaner cuts which keep saturated fats and trans-fats at bay.
Nuts and legumes:
Not all protein comes from meat! There are also delicious legumes such as beans, peas and lentils which can keep you topped up on your protein needs.
So keep your meals well-balanced, nutritious and tasty – all at the same time! Combine your love for food with a few hours of exercise each day and your heart will thank you for it. After all, your heart works tirelessly for you; a few hours of exercise in return seems like a fair exchange, right?