Is Fiber the Key to Heart Health?
Guest Post from Brenda Watson, C.N.C
With the aging of the baby boomer generation, we are seeing an increase in toxicity that occurs when bone breaks down and toxins are released. Bone is a long-term storage house for toxins that accumulate over a lifetime. When bone breaks down as we age, especially in people with osteoporosis, this release of toxins enters the bloodstream and can trigger high blood pressure and heart arrhythmia.
Healthy digestion, achieved with the consumption of a high-fiber diet, omega-3 oils, probiotics and digestive enzymes, will also help to support the body’s elimination of these toxins.
Follow the recommendations below for optimal heart health.
- A diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated and trans fats is protective against cardiovascular disease. In fact, the Standard American Diet (SAD) has been shown to increase heart attack risk.
- Follow the Fiber 35 eating plan for a heart healthy diet.
- Limit salt intake, because high salt intake is associated with higher stroke incidence.
- Limit sugar and simple carbohydrate (white flour, white rice, white pasta, etc.) intake, which increases many risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
- Foods containing soy may help lower cholesterol due to their content of plant sterols.
- Coffee may be too much of stimulant for some people, especially type A personalities who are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease. Also, unfiltered coffee can lead to higher cholesterol levels.
- Olive oil is a great replacement for the saturated fats in the diet.
- Chia seed is high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, both beneficial for the heart.
- Smoking and second-hand smoke exposure increase cardiovascular disease risk. If you do smoke, quit. If you are exposed to second-hand smoke, reduce that exposure.
- Moderate exercise is protective against cardiovascular disease.
- If you are overweight, lose weight to reduce your heart disease risk.
Complementary Mind/Body Therapies
- Colon hydrotherapy is helpful for people who are constipated, or want to detoxify the colon.
- Stress can be a major component of this disease, so find ways to reduce it with therapies such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing, message, biofeedback, or music therapy.
- Acupuncture is helpful for people with CVD.
In the management of heart conditions, it is clear that the most important components are diet, weight, stress, and gut health. Also, essential is the reduction of toxins which enter the body and the bloodstream. I recommend a Total Body Cleanse, in addition to a Heavy Metal Detox, so that the body can effectively eliminate an excess toxic burden.