More and more I am hearing of people in their 30's and 40's (even those that are fit and “in shape”) dealing with heart disease. Despite all the concern and funding for diabetes and cancer research, its cardiovascular disease that is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US and worldwide.
Heart attacks and strokes occur because of the thickening, hardening and loss of flexibility of the arteries and the accumulation of calcium, fatty substances, carbohydrates, and fibrous tissues inside the artery wall causing the arteries to narrow which reduces the blood supply to cells, tissues, organs and bones. The narrowing of the arteries causes high blood pressure, cells to starve, and arteries to be obstructed which results in heart attacks, strokes, coronary disease and death. And what’s crazy is this is all preventable. Junk and processed food, a heavy animal-based/ high-animal protein diet, and toxic metal exposure from aluminum and copper plumbing and products (e.g., aluminum foil), public drinking water, and lead-based products are the major causes of heart disease NOT GENETICS.
Feelings and sensations to watch out for are: numbness and weakness in your arms and legs, muscle cramping, pain and coldness in the legs, hips, thighs, ankles, and pain and heaviness in the legs when walking.
PLANT-BASED DIETS WILL BRING IMMEDIATE BENEFITS TO YOUR HEART. Beyond diet, there are natural remedies to explore to reduce blood pressure such as the pictured Hawthorn leaf and berries that have tons of clinical evidence showing its use to treat congestive heart failure, chest pain, low and high blood pressure, angina, high cholesterol, and atherosclerosis. Hawthorn works well with blood pressure medications if you are nervous to come off your meds completely. Just inform your doctor. Other natural remedies include artichoke, cayenne, nutmeg, gotu kola, currant, horsetail, and there are others. These natural remedies do not have the troubling side effects like blood pressure meds like headaches, muscle aches, dizziness, nausea, flushing of the skin, and sleep interruptions.
Listen to your body. It’s always talking to you.