We define the heart or cardiovascular system as the whole blood-delivery system: the pump (cardio or heart) and the vessels (vascular.) Think of it as a “highway” that moves your blood. To care for this system, we also want to make sure we transport other “good” stuff, like nutrients, oxygen and hormones throughout the body, while eliminating the “bad” stuff, like excess cholesterol and blood sugar.

As a predominantly fire heart, you tend to be “hot” blooded, presenting a redness to the skin and a tendency for high blood pressure. Although you’ve enjoyed competitive-natured activities throughout your life, this season offers the opportunity for finding moderation. One of the best ways to take care of the heart is to work towards reducing animal protein and increasing vegetable intake.

Cardiovascular Tendencies

  • Red face, especially at tip of nose
  • Skin rashes
  • “Hot-blooded” / Intolerant of heat
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Irritability

Cardiovascular Focus

  • Moderate rich foods and alcohol
  • Stay hydrated
  • Develop a 70-80% plant-based diet
  • Maintain muscle flexibility (Remember, the heart is a muscle!)
  • Consume foods that support the liver

Foods that Support the Liver

  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cilantro
  • Green leafy vegetables (collards, kale, lettuce, parsley, spinach)
  • Leeks
  • Oats
  • Pears
  • Turmeric

Skip the Meat with Umami* Flavors

  • Miso
  • Mushrooms
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Lentils
  • Potatoes
  • Soybeans
Tip: Choose foods with umami* flavor. Umami is the savory flavor often associated with meat.
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