EAT REAL FOOD
Heart smart moves take care of your ticker as a whole, including your heart valves. And that means managing your cholesterol. ‘People who have high cholesterol have more accelerated narrowing of their aortic valve,’ says Dr. Klodas, who’s also the co-founder of Step One Foods. (Also be sure to avoid these foods that harm your heart.) Rather than jump to medications, she suggests looking at the quality of your diet, especially when it comes to carbohydrates.
‘The more processed and farther away the food is from its original form, the more likely you are to have high cholesterol,’ she says. Insulin spikes from refined carbs drive LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, she explains. Focus your diet on minimally processed beans, greens, nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies, and grains.