Heart and vascular diseases develop when the bloodflow is insufficient or obstructed.
Unhealthy food habits can damage the bloodvessels. They become inflamed and extra cholesterol is produced to ‘repair’ the bloodvessels. A high level of cholesterol can narrow the vessels and finally cause obstruction.
After some time this is the cause of a heart attack or a stroke (cerebral vascular accident).
A stroke is caused by a bloodclot which obstructs the bloodflow in the brain, or by bleeding in the brain of a damaged bloodvessel.
However, cholesterol is indispensable in our body, so we should not be too afraid of it…
The liver takes care – together with insuline – of the right level of cholesterol in our blood.
Whenever we there is a situation of stress – physical or mental (e.g. an operation is stress for our body) extra cholesterol is needed to produce adrenal hormones , which are ‘stress hormones’.
That’s why it’s important to pay attention to our lifestyle and avoid stress, besides eating the right food.
In case of high bloodpressure or vascular diseases there are often more things out of balance regarding food. Not only the level of cholesterol, but also the level of triglycerides and homocysteïne.
Normally the liver takes care of the right levels of these substances, but if not – problems occur.
What can you do to prevent or improve vascular diseases?
Avoid or diminish stress.
Avoid saturated fats. (sweets, chocolate-bars, chips, peanutbutter, cookies, cakes, muesli-bars)
Do not heat olive oil above 170C.
Avoid sugar, smoking and alcohol
CHOLESTEROL REDUCING PRODUCTS
Oatmeal (prepare with rice-or soymilk)
Use coconut oil or rice-oil to bake or fry at high temperatures (above 170C)
Unsaturated fats (paranuts, walnuts, sesame seed, tahin, avocado’s, dark leaf-vegetables, sprouts, hennepseed oil, walnutoil, flaxseedoil, olive oil, pumpkinseed.
Vegetables, especially onion, artichok, garlic, olives.
Fruit, especially grated apple, white fibers of citrusfruits.
Beans and peas.
Fat fish (salmon, mackerel, herring, anchofish)
Nuts (3 x a week 30 gram)
Soy products instead of milk products.
Triglycerides stimulate the production of cholesterol and produce energy.
The liver also produces triglycerides out of unhealthy foodproducts, like fast carbohydrates, alcohol, sugar and fats. A high level is dangerous for heart and bloodvessels.
Avoid saturated fats.
Diminish meat, dairy, eggs, cheese.
Avoid everything that’s made of white flour (bread, pasta, white rice, cookies etc…)
Avoid sugar, candy, cakes, fizzy drinks.
Diminish coffee and alcohol.
TRIGLYCERIDES REDUCING PRODUCTS
Sugar free food.
Prepare fresh foods.
Fat fish (salmon, mackerel, herring, anchofish)
Lots of vegetables and fruits
Daily salad dressing made of: 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons flaxseed oil, 1 tablespoon apple cidre vinegar, 1 teaspoon mustard, 1 teaspoon honey, garlic and/or fresh green herbs)
* Choose organic, cold pressed olive oil extra virgine. Other preparations are chemically processed.
Drink sufficient water or herbal tea.
Maximum 4 x a week organic meat, not more than a 60 gram portion at a time.
Apples, pears, garlic, algae, kombu. (kombu can be used in soups, rice, buckwheat, millet etc..)
Soy products (for men: 1 product a day maximum)
Daily Vit.C (Ester-C) 1000mg. E.g. Solgar.
DAILY EXERCISE!! Preferable in the open air.
It’s a body substance, which is normally broken down when the level gets too high.
A high level is a messenger of bad news…. It’s a forerunner of heart and vasculair disease.
Certain regular medication, hormonal treatments and foodproducts increase the level, for example: the birth control pill, alcoholabuse, too much coffee, lack of vitamin B2, B6, B11, B12, insufficient wholemeal products, and lack of fresh vegetables.
HOMOCYSTEÏN REDUCING PRODUCTS
Vegetables and fruit, sprouts (alfalfa, mung beansproouts, broccoli-sprouts etc…)
Avocado, cottage cheese, ricotta, fish, oysters, beans and peas, onion, garlic, nuts, seeds, tahin, algae, poultry, broccoli, cabbage, green leaf vegetabels, muesli, asparagus,
blueberry, blackberry, mushroom, grapefruit, green onion, endive, rucola, shi-take, spinache, beetroot, blackberry.
Besides healthy food, exercise and diminishing stress, it’s important to get enough sleep and have a regular lifestyle.
When there are chronic physical symptoms a homeopathic treatment supports and helps to improve your health. A prescription will be given based on the totality of physical and mental/emotional characteristics.
Some supplements are adviced. Always choose a good brand when taking supplements.
For heart and vasculairproblems, think of:
Omega 3 capsules (fish or vegan algae)
Vit. C 1000 mg. Ester –C
Vit.D3 1000 iu
Multi vitamine (for example: Vitals, Solgar)