A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Arteriosclerosis
I had a question the other day about arteriosclerosis.
Arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis both involve the buildup of deposits on the insides of your artery walls, which causes thickening and hardening of your arteries.
In arteriosclerosis the deposits are made mostly of calcium, whereas in atherosclerosis the deposits are made of fat, and artery walls lose elasticity and harden.
Both conditions have about the same effect on circulation, causing high blood pressure and leading to angina (chest pain brought on by exertion), heart attack, stroke, and/or sudden cardiac death.
Although arteriosclerosis causes high blood pressure, high blood pressure can also cause arteriosclerosis.
Deposits typically form in areas of your arteries weakened by high blood pressure or strain.
The narrowing of arteries then makes blood pressure even higher.
As your arteries become less pliable and less permeable, cells may become oxygen starved due to insufficient circulation.
Plaques can be either stable or unstable.
Unstable plaque lets particles break away and causes further blockage in the smaller vessels.
If one of your coronary arteries becomes obstructed by deposits or by a blood clot, your heart will be starved for oxygen and you’ll have a heart attack.
Older adults are at a greater risk for this kind of heart trouble.
When arteriosclerosis blocks the supply of blood to your brain, a cerebrovascular accident, or stroke, occurs.
To deal with arteriosclerosis and get heart healthy at home it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*The following herbs are helpful for arteriosclerosis: cayenne, chickweed, and hawthorn berries.
*Ginkgo biloba has been called “nature’s circulation wonder.” It can improve circulation, increasing oxygen and blood flow in your arms, brain, and heart. (Don’t take if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure.)
*Eat high-fiber foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains should be your primary foods.
*Eat plenty of foods rich in vitamin E to improve circulation. Good choices include dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, soybeans, wheat germ, and whole grains.
*Use only pure cold-pressed olive oil or unrefined canola oil (in moderate amounts) as fats in your diet. These may help lower cholesterol. Don’t heat these oils.
*Don’t eat any candies, chips, fried foods, gravies, high-cholesterol foods, junk foods, pies, processed foods, red meat, or saturated fats. Avoid egg yolks, ice cream, salt, and all foods containing white flour and/or sugar. Don’t use stimulants like coffee, colas, and tobacco. Also, eliminate alcohol and highly spiced foods.
*Maintain a healthy weight for your height. Obesity causes unfavorable changes in serum lipoprotein levels.
*Reduce stress and learn techniques to help you handle stress that can’t be avoided.
*Get regular moderate exercise. A daily walk is good.
*Periodically monitor your blood pressure, and take steps to lower it if necessary. Control of high blood pressure is important.
*Don’t smoke. Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke. Cigarette smoke contains large quantities of free radicals, many of which are known to oxidize low-density lipoproteins (LDL, the “bad” cholesterol).
*Don’t take any preparations containing shark cartilage unless specifically directed to do so by your health care provider.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
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