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An enlarged heart (cardiomegaly) is caused by genetic conditions or damage to your heart from high blood pressure or coronary artery disease. If you’re worried about having an enlarged heart, you’ll be happy to learn that you can take action to boost your health. However, see your doctor if you think you have an enlarged heart or you notice symptoms of an enlarged heart.
1. Include vitamin B1 in your diet to support your cardiovascular system. Thiamine, which is commonly referred to as vitamin B1, plays an important role in nerve function. Thiamine deficiency leads to cardiovascular and nervous system problems. Wet beriberi, a condition caused by thiamine deficiency, can result in an enlarged heart, edema, and heart failure. Because of this, it is important to include vitamin B1 foods. Foods rich in vitamin B1 include:
• Tomatoes etc
2. Eat more potassium-rich foods to regulate your heartbeat. Potassium plays a role in keeping your heart healthy. Potassium helps to regulate your heartbeat and helps with the contraction of your heart muscle. If you have high blood pressure or heart failure, conditions that can lead to an enlarged heart, you should increase your potassium intake. Foods rich in potassium include:
3. Avocados Lower your sodium intake to prevent fluid retention. Edema, one of the major causes of heart enlargement, may occur because of excess amounts of sodium in your blood. Excess sodium can cause breathing problems and can cause your heart to work harder. Try to eat homemade foods, as it is easier to keep track of the amount of sodium you eat at home than it is at restaurants. Some low-sodium foods include:
• Fresh vegetables and fruits
• Fresh corn
• Fresh meat
• Eggs etc
4. Limit your fat intake to help control your cholesterol. Your blood cholesterol level can go up when you eat a lot of trans fats and saturated fats. Fatty foods to avoid include:
• All fried foods, particularly deep fried foods
• Fast foods
• Packaged foods
• Processed foods
• Sweets, breads, and pasta
5. Add healthy fats to your diet to raise your good cholesterol. While saturated fats and trans fats (like those found in high-fat dairy products, processed meats, and fried foods) are bad for your heart, some types of dietary fat can boost your good cholesterol and improve your heart health. Good sources of heart-healthy fats include:
• Vegetable and nut oils, such as olive oil, canola oil, and sesame oil
• Fatty fish, such as tuna and mackerel
• Avocados etc.
6. Include turmeric in your cooking to prevent an enlarged heart. Turmeric contains curcumin, which can help prevent heart failure.
• Take 1/2 teaspoon (1.15 g) of black pepper and crush it. Add ½ teaspoon (1 g) of turmeric powder to the crushed black pepper and mix well. Add this mixture to a meal or snack 3 times a day.
• You can also add a pinch of turmeric to each of your meals.
7. Eat raw garlic every day to help manage your blood pressure. Allicin, which is found in garlic, may help to lower blood pressure.
• Eat 2 raw garlic cloves a day. Include garlic regularly in your food as well.
• If you don’t like raw garlic, you can take garlic supplements. However, garlic supplements can interact negatively with certain medications, so speak to your doctor and read the label carefully before taking a garlic supplement.
8.Drink plenty of green tea for good heart health. Green tea is rich in antioxidants, which help to increase good cholesterol, prevent oxidation of bad cholesterol and aid in improving the function of arteries.
• Add ¼ teaspoon (0.165 g) of green leaves to a cup (237 ml) of boiling water. Switch off the stove and allow the tea to sit for 3 minutes before you filter and drink. Drink up to 3 cups (710 ml) of green tea a day.
9. Increase your asparagus consumption for heart-helping nutrients. This natural diuretic contains neither fat nor cholesterol. Asparagus is an excellent source of heart-healthy fiber and vitamins and minerals, such as folate, vitamin K, and iron.
• You can eat asparagus or drink asparagus juice. To help the flavor of the juice, you can mix in some honey.
10. Use more cayenne pepper to help keep your heart pumping. Cayenne pepper is a rich source of vitamin C, which is essential for collagen synthesis.
• Add ¼ teaspoon (0.45 g) of cayenne pepper to 1 cup (237 ml) of water and mix well. Drink 2 cups (473 ml) a day.
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