Category: HEART DISEASE


HEART DISEASE: DIETARY CONSIDERATIONS

February 10th, 2011 — 4:11pm

The basic causes of heart disease can be found in faulty eating and living habits and various mental and physical environmental stresses. The famous Framingham Heart Study of the National Heart and Lung Institutes identified and qualified the following major risk factors in coronary heart disease:
a.  Elevated blood levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and other fatty substances.
b.  Elevated blood pressure.
с Elevated blood uric acid levels (mainly caused by high protein diet).
d.  Certain metabolic disorders, notably diabetes.
e.  Obesity.
f.  Smoking.
g.  Lack of physical exercise.
Each, but especially a combination, of these risk factors can contribute to the development of heart disease. Most of them are of dietary origin. The successful treatment of heart disease is contingent on elimination of all the above risk factors – the underlying causes of the disease.
Lacto-vegetarian, low-sodium, low-calorie, low-animal-protein diet of high quality, natural organic foods with emphasis on whole grains, seeds and nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables with the addition of raw, unpasteurized milk and homemade cottage cheese.
Millet, buckwheat, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, bananas, potatoes, okra, asparagus, apples, honey, brewer’s yeast, flax seed oil, lecithin – these are specific nutritive factors beneficial in a heart condition. Buckwheat is rich in rutin, which keeps arteries in good health. Potatoes and bananas are rich in potassium which is vital for healthy heart function. Okra, the slippery vegetable containing the viscous mucilage, is beneficial in atherosclerosis in that it helps to reduce blood vessel friction. It can be used in soups and stews, but also eaten raw or added to green juices. Apples contain pectin which is also of great benefit in atherosclerosis. Flax seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, especially in linolenic acid, which is essential for a healthy heart. Lecithin can help to prevent fatty deposits in arteries that lead to heart attacks. Asparagus is beneficial for an enlarged heart.
No salt, no sugar, no alcohol, no coffee, no meat – all of these are definitely proven in reliable studies to be contributing causes to heart disease. Do not use any refined or processed foods. Avoid animal fats and processed fats, especially margarine and other hydrogenated fats. Small amounts of vegetable oils of highest quality, cold-pressed and unrefined, such as olive oil, flax seed oil, safflower oils, or sesame oil, are beneficial, even essential, if supplemented with vitamin E.
Do not overeat! Obesity is one of the main causes of heart disease Statistics show that the obese have a 100 percent greater risk of developing heart disease or succumbing to a heart attack.
Do not drink distilled water. Avoid soft water. Naturally hard water contains minerals, especially chromium, which is vital for heart health. Naturally, your drinking water must be pure, uncontaminated, unchlorinated and non-fluoridated natural spring or well water. Such drinking water is available now in most cities in bottled form.
Avoid all refined carbohydrates, such as white flour and white sugar and everything made with them. It has been conclusively demonstrated that excess sugar and refined foods in the diet is one of the main causes of arteriosclerosis and heart disease.
Do not drink chlorinated water. Chlorine destroys vitamin E in the body, which is absolutely essential for the health of the heart. This is extremely important.

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