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by: Dr. Craig A. Maxwell
Heart disease is the number #1 killer of men and women. It is responsible for 41% of all deaths, outweighing other common causes of death including cancer, accidents, and AIDS. Heart disease affects more women than men though women may be more likely to recover from the disease than their male counterparts. Even in this world of modern medicine, one person dies from heart disease every 33 seconds. This page will help you reduce your heart disease risks naturally.
Heart disease is a blanket term used to describe any chronic problem with the heart.
Examples of heart disease include:
In order to reduce heart disease risks, it’s important to understand how heart disease develops. Some risk factors you can help and some you can’t do much about. Risk factors such as age, ethnicity, genetics, and menopause are uncontrollable. However, there are lifestyle factors that can be changed in order to decrease your risk for developing cardiac disease.
I am not a big fan of cholesterol lowering prescriptions. It is my feeling that they are over used, and about 95% of patients on them could control their cholesterol with the correct diet, supplements and exercise. Some patients are genetically predisposed to elevated cholesterol and need to be on them.
Prescription cholesterol medications, especially the “statins” like Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor and Pravachol, come with a long list of potential side effects. We need cholesterol for many body reactions so we can’t live without it. But, like salt (which we also can’t live without), many of us get more cholesterol than we need.
I recommend the American Heart Association’s guidelines: Total Cholesterol 200 mg./dl or less, LDL(“the bad”) Cholesterol 100 mg./dl or less and HDL (“the good”) Cholesterol 40 mg./dl or higher. Triglycerides should be below 150 mg./dl. I also recommend a Cardio CRP of less than 3 mg./Liter.
Cardio CRP measures inflammation in the arteries. The less inflammation in the walls of the arteries means there is less chance the cholesterol will be able to accumulate on the walls of the arteries throughout your body. The good news is that the same thing you do to lower your cholesterol will lower your Cardio CRP….correct diet, supplements and exercise!
Reducing the risks of death from heart disease can be as simple as making some diet and lifestyle changes.
Here is what I recommend for my patients:
Cleaning up your diet is your first defense against developing any type of disease. Processed foods have no nutritional value. They’re designed to make you feel full for a short while until your blood sugar drops like a stone and you want more food. Fast food is designed to be addictive so you’ll buy more. It’s not made to nourish you.
In order to avoid developing heart disease and other chronic health conditions, it’s important to eat a diet rich in nutrients. This includes organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, dairy products, and healthy fats. Healthy fats include butter (it’s much better for you than margarine), coconut oil, avocado, walnut, and olive oil.
The best lifestyle change you can make to decrease your risk of developing heart disease is to quit smoking. The second is taking good care of your health but getting up off the couch and getting active. Don’t feel like you have to kill yourself at the gym to stave off heart disease. Walking, hiking, swimming, and yoga are all great ways to get out and get active without overdoing it.
Adding good-quality supplements to your diet can also help you prevent heart disease and stroke.
Here’s what I recommend for my patients:
Unlike store-bought supplements, which often contain dangerous additives and preservatives, Diamond Nutritional’s Foundation Vitamin is a whole-food vitamin with no chemical ingredients. This is real nutrition your body can actually absorb!
Foundation’s ingredients include:
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to fighting inflammation and maintaining heart health. Unfortunately, most store-bought fish oils do not contain the necessary amounts of EPA and DHA to make the difference your body needs.
Many products may claim to contain 1,000 mg. or 1,200 mg. on the front label, but on the back label the EPA and DHA may only add up to 300 mg. or so. The rest are nothing but fillers. Diamond Nutritional’s Balanced Omega Formula contains nothing 100% molecularly distilled fish oil for powerful, heart-healing nutrition!
A support formula made just for the heart is ideal for those who struggle with heart issues as well as those who wish to emphasize prevention. Our formula contains a synergistic blend of ingredients designed to protect and improve heart health.
These ingredients include:
For my heart patients, I recommend adding magnesium and vitamin D3. Both protect against chronic inflammation and while vitamin D3 supports immune system health, magnesium calms the stressed mind and improves overall health. It also can help prevent irregular heartbeats.
Vitamin D3 deficiency is the most common vitamin deficiency in the world today. Though most conventional physicians will tell you 200-400 IUs of vitamin D3 is more than enough, recent evidence has suggested most people need far more than that to achieve optimum health. For my patients, I recommend Diamond Nutritional’s Vitamin D3 5,000 IUs. This formula contains no artificial ingredients and comes in easy-to-swallow capsules.
Though there are plenty of magnesium supplements on the market, I recommend Diamond Nutritional’s Chelated Magnesium. Chelated magnesium works best because it contains some of the smallest minerals available, making it more bio-available to the body. Each serving contains 59% of your daily value of this essential mineral!
Preventing heart disease means lowering your heart disease risks the right way. Changing your diet, getting out and exercising, and adding a few quality supplements may be all you need to keep your ticker working long enough to blow out 100 candles on your birthday cake!