Monday, September 30, 2013

Natural Solutions for Removing Plaque from Arteries


6 Steps to Heal Coronary Heart Disease Naturally

What is Coronary Heart Disease?

The National Library of Medicine defines it as: “…a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. CHD is also called coronary artery disease.”(3) This narrowing is caused by buildup of fatty plaques in the arteries. Early on, cholesterol was identified as a major component of these plaques and it was tagged as the enemy.

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Medical science went about developing hundreds of drugs to treat cholesterol and artificially lower blood pressure. 

It is as if no one ever stopped to ask “What is causing, or allowing, the cholesterol to build up in the arteries and cause plaquing?

The first step in coronary heart disease is damage to the lining of your arteries. That is why cholesterol is there. Its job is to heal the injury. If cholesterol is not available to do this – because you are lowering it artificially with a statin drug, for example – you are more likely to die of a heart attack due to that damaged artery!

The next question should be “What causes damage to the arteries?” The answer is inflammation. Systemic inflammation is at the root cause of many, if not all, diseases. Inflammation damages the cells that line your arteries, causing a separation between the cells.

It is cholesterol’s job to repair the damaged cells. Every cell in your body has a outer layer, or membrane of fat. The cell membrane is made up of about fifty percent cholesterol. Without cholesterol, you will have unhealthy, weak cells. When cells are damaged, cholesterol is necessary to repair them.

As we trace back to the primary cause of coronary heart disease, what do you think the next question is? Yes. “What causes inflammation?” This is the million dollar question. In fact, it is the $109 Billion question - the cost to treat heart disease every single year!(1)

Out-of-control systemic inflammation is produced by your LIFESTYLE. It is also brought back into balance by your lifestyle and no other way. In Healing Heart Disease Naturally, I discussed the four components of an anti-inflammatory lifestyle that help you balance inflammation naturally.

When inflammation continues out of control in your body, it continues to damage the arteries. As a result, more and more cholesterol is produced by your body to heal the damaged cells.

Your body is designed to heal itself but inflammation interferes with that normal healing process. Until the interference – inflammation – is removed, the damage to the arteries continues. This is what causes the cholesterol to build up over time, producing a plaque.

Now, let’s look at a couple common medical treatments for coronary heart disease . Then we will review the best natural treatments to remove plaque from your arteries.
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Six Steps to Heal Coronary Heart Disease Naturally
  1. Transition to a Plant-based, Anti-inflammatory Diet - Most sources of inflammation stem from an acidic and inflammatory diet. Reversing this is key to healing inflammation. The first consideration in an anti-inflammatory diet is eliminating the inflammatory foods mentioned here. The second step is incorporating as many alkaline foods as possible into your daily diet. This includes all vegetables (the less cooked, the better), low sugar fruits (berries and green apples), most nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, flax seeds and Chia seeds), and healthy fats.
  2. Consume Foods Rich in Antioxidant and Polyphenols - Green tea, berries, melons, kiwis, brightly colored vegetables and dark green leafy vegetables are rich sources. Antioxidants and polyphenols fight free radicals that cause inflammation and damage your cells.
  3. Consume Foods High in Soluble Fiber - Soluble fiber is digestible. As a result, it cleans out your arteries and removes the plaque similar to the that way non-soluble fiber cleans out your colon. The richest source of soluble fiber is avocados. An avocado has a whopping 3 grams of soluble fiber (as opposed to 1 gram in a bowl of Cheerios). Eat one avocado every day. You can slice it over your salad, make guacamole, or add it to your green smoothie. Other good sources of soluble fiber include: Black beans, kidney beans and navy beans (2 grams/serving), unprocessed oatmeal (1.4 grams/serving), oat bran (2.2 grams/serving), Brussels sprouts (2 grams/serving), turnips, sweet potatoes and asparagus (1.7+ grams/serving), and flax seeds (1.1 grams/serving).
  4. Consume Healthy Fats - Unhealthy fats easily oxidize and cause inflammation. Unhealthy fats include trans fats, canola oil, vegetable oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil and safflower oil. If you have any of these in your home – throw them away now! Conversely, consuming healthy fats every day heals the damaged cell membranes and balances inflammation. Healthy fats include coconut oil, olive oil, whole avocados, flax seeds, chia seeds, and fish oil or krill oil. Nuts (walnuts and almonds especially) contain healthy fat, as well as, fiber and vitamin E – all necessary for healing.
  5. Supplement with Fish oil or Krill oil. Fish oil and krill oil are concentrated sources of healthy, healing fat. They are very helpful when you are actively dealing with inflammation, arterial plaque and heart disease.
  6. Metabolic Conditioning Exercise. This type of exercise has many wonderful benefits. It is characterized by high intensity, short duration exercises. It results in increases in growth hormone and testosterone and decreases in the stress hormone cortisol. This supercharges your body’s fat burning and muscle building/toning, stops inflammation and reverses metabolic syndromes (diabetes, obesity, syndrome X, heart disease). Best of all, it can be accomplished in as little as 12-15 minutes per day! Read Busting the Top 4 Exercise Myths for more details on metabolic conditioning exercise.
I hope that you now feel more empowered. You now know that your body can heal itself. You can heal heart disease naturally and now you know how!

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References for this article:
(4) 1. Alberts, et al., Molecular Biology of the Cell: Fourth Edition, New York: Garland Science, 2002, p. 588

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