Heart Disease is the number one killer of Americans. The statistics are staggering. Western culture has an abundance of food but very little nutrition. All of the real usable nutrition is contained in whole foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains. It’s on the news, it’s in our schools, it’s all around us, but old habits die hard. We love our junk food. It’s cheap and it tastes good. Unfortunately the Western diet leads to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and an early death. Aren’t you glad you started reading this?
What Heart Disease Is
Heart disease is the inflammation of the vascular system which causes the vessels to lose their elasticity. When the vessels lose their ability to expand and contract they become easily clogged with fat and cholesterol. Fat and cholesterol can cause the heart attack only after the blood vessels are inflamed and hardened. (A process called atherosclerosis)
What Heart Disease Isn’t
Heart disease is not high cholesterol. It’s not high blood pressure. It’s not inevitable. It’s not always hereditary. It is true that some people are more prone to heart disease, but those people can still avoid it with the right lifestyle and eating habits. Don’t be fooled by modern medicine that teaches everyone will be on high blood pressure and cholesterol medication. Heart disease is not a natural part of the aging process.
What To Look For
Since heart disease is an inflammation problem how do I check for it? Homocysteine is a good indicator of heart disease. It is an amino acid in your blood that raises with the consumption of meat and goes down with the consumption of healthy whole foods. Homeopathic doctors will check homocysteine levels but most traditional doctors will not. The higher your levels of homocysteine the more you are at risk for heart disease. You can pay to have it checked or you can just start eating better and know that it will drop with healthy choices.
What To Do
Do what your mother told you in the first place. Eat your vegetables. The reason whole foods are good for you is because they contain all the nutrients and antioxidants that your body needs without the harmful fats and sugars. It’s a win-win. You get what your body needs and you avoid harmful substances. Western culture is flooded with easy food choices that pollute your body. Recently the trend has swung back toward health and people are becoming more aware of the consequences of their food choices. Health food is not taboo. It makes perfect sense and our culture is catching on. Slowly
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