The health of the heart is a good reflection of the health of the body. Inflammation is a significant cause of the most common cause of heart disease. Inflammation results from over consumption of processed foods and/or lack of eating the foods that support optimum health. A diet of properly prepared, nutrient dense food is fundamental for a healthy heart.
- Good protein digestion is critical to ensure we have the amino acids needed by the heart. These include taurine and carnitine. Without adequate stomach acid we also cannot absorb calcium nor digest the B Vitamins.
- Blood sugar imbalances caused by too much sugar in the diet or too much stress (fight of flight response) lead to an overproduction of cortisol. This leads to inflammation, elevated blood pressure and cholesterol as well as poor mineral absorption by our cells.
- Fats play a key part in heart health.
The roles of fat on heart health
1) Consumption of toxic oils (vegetable oils, hydrogenated oils, margarine, fats from diseased animals lead to significant increased risk of heart disease.
2) Essential fatty acids are critical in building healthy cells and managing inflammation. Healthy fats are the preferred energy source for the heart.
- Magnesium and Calcium are essential to heart health. Optimum Calcium-Magnesium ratio is necessary for the proper contraction and relaxation of the heart. Irregular heart beats can sometimes be a sign of magnesium deficiency.
- Low salt diets increase risk of heart attacks and strokes and do not prevent high blood pressure. Salt should be sea salt or Pink Himalayan salt rich in minerals.
- Hypertension (high blood pressure) can be caused by poor hydration. Hydration is needed for ensuring our blood flows smoothly.
- Cholesterol is important and has many roles to play in our health. If we do not consume it, our bodies will manufacture it.
There are two types of symptoms that if left uncorrected can lead to heart disease:
Type 1 – Tends to be occur to people with a history of being hypotensive (low blood pressure), crave sugar, feel bad/run down, heavy or irregular breathing, suffer from air hunger, cough at night. This type tends towards congestive heart failure (weakening of the heart). Support with Thiamine, B12, B6 and B4 may be helpful to this type of person.
Type 2 – Tends to occur to people with a history of hypertension, people who crave alcohol, feel good/pumped up, rarely get sick, blush or turn red for no reason, tight chests, muscles cramp with exertion. This type tends towards myocardial infarction (seizing of the pump). Support with Riboflavin, B3, PABA, Folic Acid, Choline, Inositol, betaine, lipotropin factors may be helpful to this type of person.
This is not to say if you have these symptoms you will have heart disease but these symptoms may be an indication that your heart needs some nutritional support.
Irritants that cause inflammation include:
- Homocysteine – produced when we do not fully metabolise the amino acid methione. We can help by ensuring good levels of B6, B12, Folic acid and betaine.
- Stress / High insulin – caused by too much sugar, stressful lifestyle, over training.
- Chlorine – from swimming pools, municipal water supplies.
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So what can you do to look after your heart?
- Avoid processed foods, sugar and unhealthy fats
- Support with B vitamins depending on your type.
- Support with magnesium
- Bone broth is very healthful as it contains lots of nutrients and minerals that are in a from readily excusable to us for processing.
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
- Consume healthy fats to regulate energy. consume essential fatty acids such as omega fats from fish oil and cold pressed flax seed oil.
- Exercise wisely, over training can lead to stress and elevated cortisol and inflammation.
If you or someone you know already has heart disease, has had a heart attack or is on statins for high blood pressure, the following resources may prove very useful.
In terms of websites and heart related articles you can visit:
Weston A Price have some great information on myths/facts about heart disease
Chris Kresser has written some great articles on the heart-diet myth
Dr Mercola’s website has lots of interesting articles.
www.marksdailyapple.com has lots and lots of success stories of people adopting a primal lifestyle and getting off their heart meds which may inspire your loved one to make a change. Also marksdaily apple has this good article to read on statins.
One of the best books I have read on heart health specifically is Put your Heart in your Mouth by Dr Natasha Cambell-McBride.
Other books you may be interested in to expand yours or your loved ones knowledge and understanding of well being (that cover heart health amongst other health benefits):
Denise Minger’s Death by Food Pyramid. It is well worth a read and really opens your eyes to how corrupt our government led food advice has been!
Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas. The book that made my Dad give up bread and man made oils overnight.