Reversing heart disease is possible. One must return the body to the natural / normal healthy state instead of the diseased state it has become. It takes years to achieve the diseased state and will take some time to recover natural health. Pharmaceutical drugs such as, statins or blood thinners DO NOT help to achieve health – they actually adversely affect your health. More and more studies are coming out disputing the effectiveness of statins for prolonging life. Statins (and all pharmaceuticals) actually destroy a bodies healthy state, adversely affecting all bodily systems and balance. Statins deplete Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 levels essential to a healthy heart.
The Cause of Heart Disease
Inflammation, not cholesterol is the main cause of heart disease. Inflammation is the body’s reaction to injury, free radicals or illness. It’s purpose is to concentrate blood flow to mobilize the immune system to fight bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungus or any invader of the body or concentrate the body’ s healing ability to an injured area. There are many sources of inflamation that contribute to heart disease.
Fibrin is produced in the body to initiate healing. Scabs and scar tissue are made of fibrin. Fibrin seals off an injured area to prevent bleeding and initiate the repair of damaged tissues. When fibrin’s job is done, but the fibrin does not disolve, this contributes to sustained inflamation.
Cholesterol is one of the body’s tools for healing (good thing). It is when cholesterol is oxidized by free radicals and/or calcified (hardened with the wrong form of calcium in the bloodstream) that becomes a problem. Omega 6 oils contribute to inflamation and cholesterol plaque build-up.
Free Radicals and Heart Disease
Free radicals are unbalanced molecules (short of an electron) that attempt to achieve balance by stealing electrons from other molecules (your cells). This causes oxidation (same as rust) to cells of the body causing the cells to be damaged (less than perfect). When the lining of the arteries are damaged by free radicals in the blood, the body attempts to repair the artery with a cholesterol patch. As free radicals continue robbing electrons now from the cholesterol patches, they too become damaged and this sets the cycle of atherosclerosis.
Free radicals can be controlled with anti-oxidants. White tea contains catechins, quercetan, kaempferol, chlorogenic acid, theanine, theobromine and theophylline which are potent antioxidants and/or fight inflammation (white tea contains the least amount of flouride and aluminum found in all teas – white, green or black teas). Many vitamins fight free radicals and have other benefits for heart health. Heart healthy vitamins include A, B, C, D, E and K – yes, that is every vitamin, has heart health aspects to itself (natural form vitamins only – not the big name useless chemical crap).
Magnesium and CoQ10 is especially crucial to heart health. Your heart needs enormous amounts of energy to function properly – and CoQ10 is its main power supply. Consider this: if your heart’s CoQ10 levels were to decline by 75 percent, it would stop beating. Statins deplete CoQ10 from the heart – very bad thing.
Omega-3 fatty acids and specifically the lipid resolvin E1 component of fish oils (omega 3s) has a powerful natural anti-inflamatory function in the human body. The lipid inhibited the migration of particular human immune cells and dramatically reduced inflammation. This anti-inflamitory action is highly beneficial to many diseases, especially auto-immune diseases.
Avoid drinking and bathing in chlorinated water. Chlorine is a strong free radical source and has many negative health issues related to it. Showering in chlorinated water is worse than drinking it. When showering, the entire skin’s surface and the lungs are exposed to the chlorine in the water and as a gas.
Avoid unhealthy oils and fats – imbibe in the healthy oils and fats.
* Omega-6 oils – corn, sunflower, canola, soybean, peanut and safflower – omega-6 is not unhealthy, it is way out of proportion with the healthy balance of omega-3 / omega-6 / omega-9 oil ratios
* Trans-fatty acids – margarine, Miracle Whip and other partially hydrogenated oils
* Omega-3 fats – flaxseed, Chia / Salba seed, eggs, fish oil and DHA & EPA
* Extra virgin olive oil
* Extra virgin coconut oil
* GLA – Gamma-linolenic acid – borage oil
* CLA – Conjugated linolenic acid
The heart, like every other organ or tissue, down to the cellular level, requires nutrition for proper functioning and repair. In addition to a natural multi-vitamin and multi-mineral, high levels of the amino acid L-Arginine is extremely beneficial with a lesser quantity of the amino acid citrulline. These amino acids increase growth hormone release, relax arterial walls for blood pressure relief (via NO – Nitric Oxide) and a side benefit of being a natural ED (erectile dysfunction) drugless option. OPC will counteract oxidation within the arteries preventing hardening of the arteries and preventing blockages. Heart Nutrition – Accel
Other heart healthy vitamins and supplements are vitamins C, D, E (8 subtypes: four tocopherols and four tocotrienols). E vitamins are designated as alpha, beta, gamma and delta for each type. Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is an energy source for the heart. A person cannot live without this vital nutrient. Flavonoids – quercetin, hesperidin, luteolin and kaempferol can lower risk in heart patients.
Bacteria, Viruses and Heart Disease
Bacteria, viruses, yeasts and fungus (and/or any foreign bodily invader) can cause damage to the lining of the arteries and set in motion the process of atherosclerosis. The same cycle occurs when the body attempts to repair the injury or scarring to the arterial walls. When my elderly mother has her teeth cleaned by the dentist, she is put on antibiotics 3 days before her teeth cleaning to prevent stress on her heart caused by bacteria being introduced into her blood from the teeth cleaning (common knowledge in the dental and medical fields – yet, you never hear it discussed as a factor in heart attacks) – myocardial infarction. Natural Anti-biotic/anti-viral/anti-fungal/anti-yeast
Stress and Heart Disease
Stress can severely influence our body’s wellness and balance. In itself, it can unleash free radicals, hamper the body’s natural healing abilities and negatively affect every aspect of health. Stress robs the body of energy that should be used for healing and repair of the body and instead, contributes to damaging every system of the body. Stress unleashes adrenaline and cortisol (an adrenal steroid hormone) into the bloodstream producing the same “fight or flight” demands on the body as if your life were in imminent danger. Prolonged stress causes adrenal fatigue and weight gain, nervous system issues, depression, anxiety, ulcers… – all bad for one’s heart.
Stress Relief and Heart Disease
The ability to handle or control stress is vitally important to heart health and every aspect of total health. Mindset, a healthy outlook and healthy perception of outside factors as they apply to oneself is important. Many tools are helpful for stress relief and stress reduction. Exercise, yoga, deep breathing, meditation and bio-feedback are the most effective stress relief tools available.
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