How to Prevent Heart DiseaseBy
What is Heart Disease?
The heart is a pump for blood. Blood carries the nutrients we need to our cells and hauls waste products away for elimination mainly through the liver and kidneys. The heart starts beating in our chest while we are in the uterus and if we live to age 75 our heart will beat about 2.7 BILLION times. It is tough and
resilient but it can be injured. Sometimes because of an accident, poisoning whether accidental or self-inflicted like too much alcohol, genetics and other reasons outside our control, it doesn’t beat that long or that well. The heart disease that killed over 430 thousand U.S. women in 2006 and continues to do so each year is not well understood.
Heart disease causes inflammation of the lining of the circulatory system. After a certain point that is poorly understood right now, the body begins to loose that battle and resorts to plan B. It uses small dense particles of cholesterol to shore up the inflamed weakened lining of the arteries. This is usually a slow process but it eventually closes some of those arteries. The inflammation itself causes other problems in other organs but none so insidious as in the arterial lining.
When the inflammation reaches a certain point, the body begins to calcify these cholesterol deposits. This creates hard plaques and circulation troubles. When plaques rupture inside arteries, clots cut off blood flow to brain, heart muscle, skeletal muscle as in peripheral vascular disease or intestines. This causes pain, sometimes death of some of the muscle and maybe death of the person.
What is a risk factor?
It is a measurable fact that taken together with your total risk factors, indicates the level of risk for a certain health problem. RISK FACTORS are not DISEASES. They do not predict you will have heart disease, they indicate a level of risk, a percentage chance that a disease, in this case heart disease, will occur.
What risk factors can I control?
Risk factors over which you have no control are:
- your sex
- your age
- your family history
- your own history of heart attack, stroke or TIA previously.
Risk factors you do control are:
- Use of tobacco products
- Your level of activity
- Your cholesterol particle size
- Your blood pressure
- Your weight
- Your control of your blood sugar
- Your Triglyceride level
- Your response to Stress
- Good Dental Health
What do we really know about preventing heart disease?
We know a lot about heart disease but our knowledge isn’t perfect. We like gadgets, operations, pills and the latest thing when the oldest thing really matters.
We know when we are fit, trim and eating a healthy diet we are less likely to have any disease. We are less likely to respond negatively to stress when we exercise regularly. What is it that we can do that will reduce our response to disease onset within our body?
Don’t eat too much, eat as much local food as possible and avoid processed food. Pay attention to your body and keep some records. Be aware of how much you eat and its affect on your energy, weight and thinking. Be proactive but not obsessive.
Have a large group of friends, read instead of watch TV and screen out the negative junk in movies, TV shows and the news. Get enough sleep. Your body is made to do work long and slow. Investigate various kinds of activity that mimic work if you don’t have land to work or activities that are fun. I favor for myself Nordic Walking, Swing dancing, the “Shovel Glove” workouts you can find on YouTube.com and some light weight lifting along with lifting my Grandfather’s Blacksmith Anvil I inherited. What are your favorites?
As far as eating and supplements go – grass fed beef has an omega 6 to 3 ratio of 4-1. This is similar to ideal in our own muscles. Grain fed beef have a ratio of 16 or 20 to 1. This is a cause of inflammation. I supplement with a krill oil capsule (500mg) daily to boost my omega 3 fatty acids which help brain, joints, reduce triglycerides, raise HDL cholesterol and help decrease inflammation. Put a live bacteria back into your gut with a probiotic supplement ( I use Jarrow products). I don’t take it daily but will share a bottle of 100 and we each take 3 at bedtime for a couple of weeks a couple of times a year. I take vitamin D3 made from sheep wool lanolin about 1000IU most days of the year since I am inside most days.
Don’t forget to laugh a lot and be a source of laughter.
I can’t say you should do these things. I do them because my research has indicated that they are beneficial. Talk to your doctor, chiropractor, naturopath etc… Consider their motivation for giving you great advice.
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