Your heart is well, at the heart of your health. Without a healthy heart you’re in trouble. The heart is a pump that keeps your blood flowing and sends oxygen and nutrients to all the cells. And, just like any other pump, if you don’t take care of your heart it will get clogged, operate inefficiently and need repair. It might even break down altogether and stop working.
Causes of Heart Disease
- Smoking increases the risk of heart disease. Female smokers are nine times more likely to die from coronary heart disease than non-smokers. Deaths in general from coronary heart disease are 70% higher in smokers.
- Consuming caffeine and other methylxanthines in excess can lead to heartbeat irregularities in susceptible individuals.
- A diet high in sugar is detrimental to heart health. Diets high in refined carbohydrates (white sugar, white flour, etc.) can cause the liver to over manufacture cholesterol.
- Birth control pills and estrogen replacement therapy may increase the likelihood of heart problems.
- A diet too high in protein increases cardiac output by 30% to aid digestion. This, if done habitually, can overwork the heart.
- A toxic bowel won’t be able to eliminate cholesterol well and can lead to fatty deposits in the blood vessels.
- A person with an under-active thyroid will have an increased amount of blood fat and be more susceptible to elevated cholesterol levels.
- Spinal misalignment in the upper thoracic spine as well as rib subluxations may cause heart problems.
- A vitamin B deficiency can cause heart palpitations.
- Ulcer patients fed a high milk diet have twice the incidence of heart attacks as ulcer patients not on a high milk diet.
- Vegetarian Seventh-day Adventists suffer from 84% less coronary heart disease than the general population (most abstain from tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, and meat). Non-vegetarian Seventh-day Adventists suffer from 45% less coronary heart disease.
- A lack of magnesium appears to produce heart problems. Low hydrochloric acid, a high protein diet, too high an intake of dairy products and a diet high in refined foods all tend to produce magnesium deficiencies.
- Fat in the blood damages arterial walls and causes hardening of the arteries. Diets high in trans fats tend to create this change. Trans fats include anything listed as “partially hydrogenated fat.” These trans fats can be found in margarine, pre-made baked goods, many foods prepared in restaurants, etc.
- Alcohol and trans fats can be pro-inflammatory and may cause red blood cells to clump together. This can block blood flow to capillaries causing decreased oxygen supply and damage to the circulatory system and the cells it supplies nutrients to.
- Hardening of the arteries due to any of the above causes or any other factor that decreases oxygen supply can cause angina.
Natural Treatments for Healthy Heart Function
- Abstain from tobacco, caffeine, grain-fed meat, trans fats and sugar.
- Don’t overeat in general and don’t eat too much protein, sugar or fat. Get your weight down to a normal level. For every 5 pounds of extra weight you carry, your body needs 4 more miles of blood vessels.
- Minimize salt intake to help maintain blood pressure. Deficiencies of magnesium, potassium and/or calcium can also lead to hypertension in some individuals.
- Sunlight can cause cholesterol on the skin to change to vitamin D. As you get more and more sunlight, the body will bring more cholesterol to the surface. A two-hour sunbath can lower serum cholesterol levels by 13%. Sunlight can also lower blood pressure between 6-40mm and this drop will last 5-6 days. Pulse rate will also decrease.
- Make sure your thyroid, adrenals, liver and colon are all working correctly and not causing heart dysfunction.
- Exercise will strengthen the heart muscle, allowing each beat to pump more blood. Less beats are needed and the heart will get the “rest” it needs. Exercise will decrease your resting pulse and blood pressure and build up your collateral circulation, growing more blood vessels to the heart to supply it with oxygen and nutrients. This decreases the likelihood of coronary heart disease.
- If you have a family history of heart attacks, consider taking an L-carnitine supplement to strengthen the heart. Coenzyme-Q10 and essential fatty acids can also help. For meat eaters, grass fed meat can supply all of these factors, if eaten regularly.
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