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February is American Heart Month and Planted Table is dedicated to raising awareness about heart health and steps to prevent heart disease.

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. A rate of one in every four people die every year due to heart disease. But Planted Table is here to support you to a stronger heart.

Exercise, healthier food choices, and less stress are sure ways to increase your heart health. Here are our five essential picks of the month to a stronger heart, making all your fitness and wellness choices easier and more enjoyable.

1. How Not to Die by Michael Gregor, M.D.

Okay, the title sounds brutal, but let’s be real – we all want to know! This New York Times Bestseller provides details on how we can prevent all of, and even reverse, many crucial conditions. Yes, heart disease and any conditions related to your heart health are discussed. Dr. Gregor does an amazing job detailing the connection between our food choices and diseases, inspiring readers to make better decisions for their overall health and wellness.

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2. The How Not to Die Cookbook by Michael Gregor M.D.

Obviously this is our #2 pick. For many, eating healthy or making healthier choices, is easier said than done. This cookbook educates readers on what foods to eat and 100+ heart healthy recipes for everyone in the family. If you are looking to improve your long-term health, get yourself a copy, now. The How Not to Die Cookbook also makes a great gift for anyone who appreciates a healthy heart.

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3. Frontier Co-op Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is an easy substitute for vegans, or anyone on a plant-based journey. It can be used as a replacement for parmesan cheese – yup, that’s right! Sprinkle it onto your pasta and enjoy. Nutritional yeast can lower cholesterol, improve immunity, and add lots of additional protein and important vitamins. Improve your heart health and make your meals more nutritious, it’s a win-win!

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4. Microplane 46020 Premium Classic Series Zester Grater

Okay, a grater doesn’t directly improve your heart health, but the premium zester grater is great to use while you’re cooking up a recipe from Dr. Gregor’s Cookbook. Zest citrus, ginger, or even peel your potatoes.

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5. SuperNutrition, SimplyOne Multi-Vitamin for Women

Improve your heart health by keeping track of your nutrient intake. Aside from eating fresh fruits and veggies daily, take one multi-vitamin a day to support your immune system and increase your overall health. Make sure you consult with a doctor when taking a new vitamins if you are prone to allergies or have a current health condition.

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If you are looking to improve your overall heart health, check out these five essentials and other items on our full essentials list. Remember, if you are working to reverse any health conditions or want to improve your heart health, consult with your doctor about a good action plan designed for you.

Tell us about your favorite heart healthy activities or foods in the comments section!

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