A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Peripheral Artery Disease
I had a question the other day about peripheral artery disease.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is narrowing or blockage of arteries causing poor blood flow to your arms and legs.
When you walk or exercise, your leg muscles don’t get enough blood and you can get painful cramps.
Peripheral arterial disease is also called peripheral vascular disease.
The most common cause is buildup of plaque on the inside of your arteries.
High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking all contribute to plaque buildup.
If plaque builds up in your arteries, there’s less room for blood to flow.
Plaque buildup prevents blood from flowing freely and starves the muscles and other tissues in your lower body.
Many people who have PAD don’t have any symptoms.
But if you do have symptoms, you may have a tight, aching, or squeezing pain in your calf, thigh, or buttock.
This pain usually happens after you’ve walked a certain distance.
The pain goes away if you stop walking.
As PAD gets worse, you may have pain in your foot or toe when you aren’t walking.
Treatment for PAD relies mainly on healthy lifestyle changes and taking care to manage high blood pressure and cholesterol.
To deal with peripheral artery disease it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*The following herbs are helpful: cayenne (capsicum), chickweed, and hawthorn berries.
*Ginkgo biloba can improve circulation and increase oxygen and blood flow in your arms, brain, and heart. (Don’t take ginkgo biloba if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure.)
*Green tea lowers cholesterol and lipid levels. Drink green tea (we suggest 1-4 cups each day) or take it in extract form.
*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.
*Don’t take any preparations containing shark cartilage unless specifically directed to do so by your health care provider.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Investigate possible connection to dental procedures; consult a holistic dentist.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they’re neurotoxins.
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