"All roads lead to Rome."
Rome needed roads to keep its empire in order. Naturally, this meant every road led back to Rome -- especially since it was the force responsible for building the roads.
And when it comes to your body, it's easiest to think, "All roads lead to my heart".
That’s because every bit of your blood flows through your heart... and your heart has to pump it through the entirety of your body. Plus, your veins serve as visible "roads."
It’s no wonder that most heart disease prevention addresses the heart itself.
But today I want to show two incredibly easy things you can do to prevent a heart attack that, surprisingly, don't have anything to do with your heart!
What the latest study REVEALS about heart attacks
Our body systems are not separate. They're very much dependent on each other.
And that important relationship is exactly what this latest study showed…
Researchers looked at 84 people with a history of heart attacks or who had received a transplant and 266 comparable healthy people.
There were two differences between the groups:
- The first was the healthier group had more robust gut bacteria in their guts -- more strains and more bacteria.
- The second came down to a humble nutrient; the researchers revealed fiber is key to a healthy heart! In the study, heart attack victims had a low-fiber diet.
Given this groundbreaking information, this gives you an EXCELLENT starting point to make some easy yet IMPACTFUL changes to protect your ticker.
As much as science has recognized probiotics as beneficial, they simply won't work as well without fiber. Fiber is their food source…
And an army without a good food supply simply can't get anything done!
Now, the scientists in the study recommend cereals, fruits, and vegetables as the best sources of fiber.
Your goal should be 25-29 grams of fiber a day, but I don't recommend cereal -- or cereal grasses for that matter.
If you're following my favorite healthy diet, Paleo (where you eat only the foods your ancestors ate), you're probably doing well in the fiber department -- as long as you're getting plenty of vegetables.
If not, or even if you are, here are a few ideas:
- A cup of almonds will give you 11 grams of fiber. Almonds are one of the more densely-packed fiber options, but shouldn't be your primary source.
- A cup of broccoli will add another 3 grams, kale another 2.5 grams.
- If you want to eat fruit like one of the study's authors suggests, berries are the best source. Since they're so small, there's plenty of skin and flesh where fiber likes to hide. Even better, they're typically low in sugar.