|Cardiovascular disease is on the rise. Heart disease, stroke, and related
disorders kill more Americans than any other ailments combined. In 1990
approximately one million Americans died form cardiovascular disease.
Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is the leading cause of heart
attacks and strokes. Fat and cholesterol accumulate around the heart
and inner walls of the arteries. This causes blood flow to slow and blood
pressure to rise. Blood clotting is also a problem when the arteries are
clogged which, if a clot breaks loose, can cause strokes or heart
attacks according to where they end up. Heart disease is usually
advanced before a problem arises. Prevention should be the first goal.
Heart disease is much less common in primitive societies. This is due in
part to the lifestyle and diet choices of Americans. Diet is viewed as
the most important factor in heart related disorders. An increased
intake of sugar, refined flour and simple carbohydrates may also be
contributing factors. Other risk factors include a family history of heart
disease, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, type A personality,
stress, diabetes, obesity, high blood cholesterol levels, physical
inactivity and coronary artery disease. Changes must be made in diet
and life-style in order to prevent heart disease.
|DIET||Following a diet low in animal fat and refined sugars but high in fiber is
highly recommended. Whole grains, almonds, fresh fruits and
vegetables, a variety of legumes, skinless turkey, chicken and fish
should be the main dietary elements. Brown rice, garlic, onions, olive oil,
raw fruits and vegetables, sprouts, asparagus, apples, bananas, beans,
buckwheat, seeds, whey powder, and yogurt are especially good for
the heart. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, red meat, refined carbohydrates, and
white flour. Limit intake of dairy products which contain high amounts
of fat. Homogenized dairy products contain an enzyme called xanthine
oxidase which is believed to cause artery damage and could lead to
arteriosclerosis. Use olive oil and canola oil when using fat. Avoid palm
oil, coconut oil, peanut oil and cottonseed oil.|
|REDUCE STRESS||Include relaxation techniques to reduce stress. Stress can increase the
risk of heart disease. Stress releases adrenaline which causes the heart
to work harder. If you feel resentment, fear or anger, find ways to deal
with these in a positive way. Pursuit serenity and peace in life.
Exercise, self hypnosis, biofeedback, meditation, yoga and prayer can
all help develop inner peace.