Wellness Wednesdays: Superfoods for the heart

It seems every other week there is a new diet claiming it will extend your life and shorten your waistband.

However, experts agree that the best diet for you is one that works to improve your heart health through various superfoods packed with fiber, antioxidants and good fats. 

It's "not only a tried and true approach," Dr. Karen Latimer explains to AOL Lifestyle, but it's also "simple."

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1. Addition and substitution (not deprivation)

"Yes, you should avoid foods high in unhealthy fats and sugar," says Latimer. "But instead of focusing on what you can't have, focus on what you can enjoy. 

2. Increase fiber in your diet without supplements

Fruits, vegetables and beans are packed with fiber with whole grains: Steel cut oats and berries for breakfast, brown rice, beans and vegetables for lunch and dinner.

3. Try this perfect heart healthy lunch

A salad with leafy greens, tomatoes, salmon and a little olive oil. Kale and spinach are also high in vitamin K and will help boost your heart health. Tomatoes are a fantastic source of antioxidants, while salmon is packed with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Toss in avocado (for blood pressure and fiber) for a filling and healthy meal. 

Olive oil is a good fat and has been shown to reduce cholesterol 

4. Nuts make the perfect snack 

Snack on walnuts, almonds and peanuts which are filled with omega-3s, fibers and vitamin E to lower cholesterol and decrease risk for clots. 

5. Keep fruits and veggies on-hand for easy access

A full fridge can reduce your cravings and mindless eating. A cup of anti-inflammatory green tea once a day can also do wonders. 

6. Moderate intake of red wine

Some studies prove red wine, dark chocolate and coffee have been linked to better heart health. Cheers! 

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According to the doctor, there are plenty of ways to stick to a heart-healthy diet through moderation and mindful eating.

From keeping fruits and veggies on-hand to the perfect lunch for your health and how dark chocolate (yes!) might play a role in heart health, here is how you can stick to a wholesome diet. Watch the video above for her tips in this week's episode of Wellness Wednesday and scroll through above. 

RELATED: Never ignore these symptoms

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Early warning signs of heart failure you should never ignore

Early Signs of Heart Failure - Fatigue

Those experiencing early signs of health failure will feel a "general" lethargy in their muscles, brain and lethargy. They will feel tired all the time and have trouble regaining their energy. 

Early Signs of Heart Failure - Activity Limitation

Those in early stages may be too weak to keep up with their bodies, requiring them to stop and rest more often. 

Early Signs of Heart Failure - Congestion

A weak heart can consequate in a fluid buildup in the lungs and present as coughing, wheezing and trouble breathing. 

Early Signs of Heart Failure - Edema

Fluid can build up in the ankles, legs and abdomen. Sudden weight gain caused by water retention is one of the first signs. 

Early Signs of Heart Failure - Shortness of breath

People with early signs of heart failure may have a particularly difficult time breathing, especially when lying down or going to sleep. 

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