15 natural foods that help cleanse your arteries

Reprinted from SkinnyMom.com

Natural foods are not just essential to shaping our physique; they can protect our insides, too. Why not eat things that are great for our bodies, inside and out? Try these flavorful foods that will also help cleanse your arteries.


1. Garlic

Garlic is a surprisingly healthy food that packs a powerful punch — and not just with its odor! Garlic has been found to reduce cholesterol and also works as an antioxidant and an antibiotic, making it an amazingly beneficial addition to your diet.


2. Flaxseed

For such a tiny and ancient seed, flaxseed has a lot of nutrients that will help your body fight and prevent heart disease, diabetes and even breast cancer. Who knew?!


3. Avocados

Avocados are often called the world’s most perfect food — and for good reason! Avocados are high in fiber and are sodium- and cholesterol-free, which makes them such a great aid in fighting and preventing heart disease. Check out Skinny Avocado Tuna Salad for a great stuffed avocado recipe.


4. Wild-caught cold-water fish

Cold-water fish is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids that your body (especially your heart) needs. Eating cold-water fish provides you with many nutrients your body needs and, if you enjoy it, is a perfect excuse to indulge in seafood. The best kinds are saltwater, wild-caught fish.


5. Coconut oil

Coconut oil, while once believed to be unhealthy, is actually great for your heart and your overall health. It has numerous beneficial characteristics, and can help the body prevent viruses, bacteria and disease. It also positively affects hormones and can reduce cholesterol!


6. Beans

Beans are extremely underrated when it comes to their health benefits. Beans can lower cholesterol, improve blood glucose for diabetics, lower blood pressure and the list doesn’t stop there! So next time you scoff at the little bean, think again!


7. Almonds

Almonds can play a key role in your health because they fight against heart disease and diabetes, two of the most common ailments. Their high levels of magnesium and potassium are super healthy, and almonds have also been linked to weight loss because of their healthiness!


8. Melon

Melons are one of our favorite summer fruits, and their health benefits are an added bonus. They are super high in key vitamins and minerals that the body needs and contain almost no fat at all. Vitamin A, potassium and lycopene are just a few of the many nutrients that melons contain.


9. Green leafy vegetables

Eating veggies may seem like an obvious benefit to your health, but it’s important to know just what you’re putting into your body. Green veggies, especially leafy ones, are super high in fiber and are packed with different vitamins, minerals and plant-based supplements that your body needs. They especially benefit your heart and can help prevent disease, diabetes and cancer.


10. Pineapple

Pineapples are one of our favorite seasonal fruits, and their tropical juiciness is only made even sweeter when you consider the health benefits they pack. Pineapple can help your digestive system, build up your immune system and protect your vision, and that only skims the surface of what they can do! So this summer, when you bite into delicious, fresh pineapple, rest easy knowing you’re doing your body good.


11. Walnuts

Like most nuts, including almonds, walnuts have countless advantages for your overall health. Listing all of them would be nearly impossible, but a few keys areas in which walnuts excel are heart health, cancer prevention, brain health and lowering cholesterol levels!


12. Wheat germ

Including wheat germ in your diet can help fight cancer and arthritis, two very serious health risks. Wheat germ also provides the body with tons of important vitamins and nutrients that will keep your body in tip-top shape.


13. Organ meats

I know the idea of eating organ meat can be intimidating, and well, kinda gross, but hear it out. Organ meats are actually the most concentrated source of all of your nutritional needs. Important vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and amino acids can all be found in organ meats! So if you’re feeling adventurous, give organ meats a try! Learn more about their benefits here.


14. Sesame seeds

The sesame seed is another seed that has been overlooked for centuries for its nutritional value. It’s a key food to fight arthritis, help support respiratory and vascular health, and even help migraines and PMS — hello, ladies!


15. Lots and lots of water!

OK, so as obvious as this one may seem, it’s a proven fact that most Americans don’t drink enough water each day! Even the healthiest of people don’t drink enough of this life-supporting liquid, so do your part for your health and get your daily intake! You’ll be thankful you did later!


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