Hard to miss the fact that heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the US today. Historically, heart disease has been a plague on the male population, but now it its rising steadily in the female population as well.
In fact, so-called heart disease, which killed more than 700,000 Americans in 2001, accounted for 29% of all deaths in the United States, and cost the nation an estimated $335.5 billion! How could this happen when the cause of heart disease is known to be primarily founded in lifestyle and poor quality food choices?Refined foods, diets high in refined carbohydrates and denatured fats are no doubt a major cause of heart disease and its contributing factors.
The Center for Disease Control states:
“Heart disease is the nation’s leading cause of death. Much of the burden of heart disease could be eliminated by reducing the prevalence rates of its major risk factors: high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, tobacco use, diabetes, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition. Modest reductions in the rates of one or more of these risk factors can have a large public health impact. Heart disease can also be prevented or controlled through environmental changes such as providing better access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity.”
What contributes to heart disease?
The answer to this question might best be discovered by studying the diets of people living in countries in which heart disease is relatively limited. Studies show that heart disease is virtually non-existent in the absence of refined foods – denatured fats and high levels of refined carbohydrate consumption. Let’s take a look at each of the Healthy Heart Nutritional Essentials.
One of the Healthy Heart Nutritional Essentials is a diet low in refined foods. The wholesome nutrients refined out of foods upon processing, particularly the loss of the B-complex nutrients (i.e.: B6, B12 and folic acid) are the cause of elevated homocysteine levels. Homocysteine levels are one of the most reliable indicators of heart disease risk. Therefore eating whole food and whole food concentrates high in these B-Complex factors is a Healthy Heart Nutritional Essential.
Denatured Fats For decades we have been told to avoid dietary cholesterol and saturated fats, but clearly, healthy blood lipids are not solely based upon these reductions. There is too much evidence showing that traditional diets, including unprocessed natural fats, often in generous proportions, support remarkably low rates of heart disease. Newer research shows that certain types of damaged, denatured fats are associated with underlying causes of heart disease.
Hydrogenated and transfats build up in our bodies because there are unnatural—there are no enzymes to metabolize them, so they get trapped in our bodies. Denatured fats, stripped of vitamins and antioxidants, become oxidized(rancid) in our bodies, leading to inflammation of our vascular system as indicated by high levels of C-Reactive Protein(CRP), another consistent indicator of impending cardiovascular incidents. Truth is, heart disease is more honestly the result of over consumption of refined carbohydrates, bringing us to the real problem…
High Levels of SUGAR Intake! Americans consume an average of 158 pounds of sweeteners plus over 100 pounds of refined carbohydrates each year, calories contribute to obesity without providing valuable nutrients such as protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals or nutritional cofactors! Since 1991, obesity is up 75%, costing our nation and additional $100 billion.
What are we to do?
What are the Healthy Heart Nutritional Essentials?
A DIE-IT in NOT the answer! We must learn to LIVE a healthy lifestyle, choosing our foods and activities according to what will benefit our health, rather than propping ourselves up with sugar, stimulants and drugs to deal with the side effects of an unhealthy lifestyle.
We use a combination of organic whole food supplements, herbs, glandulars, medical food, detoxification products and bio-identical hormones. They are called “nutraceuticals.” Nutraceuticals are very high grade nutritional supplements that can only be ordered by a doctor and sold only through healthcare providers. These products cannot be bought on the internet or at your local health food store. A doctor who knows and truly understands these products would prescribe the appropriate nutraceuticals for your specific needs. These products are not intended to replace a patient’s prescribed medications by their medical doctor, they simply give the body what it needs to begin to work better and help restore their health. Many patient’s report back to their medical doctor doing so much better after being on these nutraceuticals, that their doctor often reduces or eliminates their prescribed medication all together and always asks the patients
“What are you doing?, well whatever it is, keep doing it!”
A healthy heart is something every person must strive toward. We have some amazing heart health products that were created by cardiologists that we consistently use in our practice. Our patients are able to notice remarkable changes in their health in a very short time. We will customize a program to suit your needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment for a free consultation 770-922-2556