Heart related malfunctioning, defined as disease by our medical establishment, is one of the leading causes of debilitation and death in this country. The most accused villain of heart problems is fat, especially cholesterol. While clogged arteries does occur frequently with heart issues, I believe it is not the root cause, but rather the end result, of other imbalances in our diet that have lead up to the accumulation of fat and debris which accumulate in our cardio-pulmonary system eventually restricting or stopping normal blood flow.
In working backward from the clogged artery, only a small portion of the blockage is cholesterol. 95% is other material. It turns out that the cholesterol is there trying to repair the damage caused by other compounds such as free radicals, heavy metals, refined sugar, trans fats, insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides, to name just a few things that can damage tissue and would stimulate production of cholesterol for repair purposes.
The Need of Adequate Mineral Balance for a Healthy Cardiovascular System
The first step in maintaining good cardiovascular health then is a change in diet. Eliminate the following from your diet:
- Refined sugar
- Refined salt
- Trans fats
- Processed foods
- Inorganic food
- Cage raised animal protein
Now for the other missing elements-literally. In addition to changing your dietary habits and lifestyle, one must strive and be cognizant of their tissue mineral balance. You see, the very fact that one is following any of the dietary practices listed above also implies mineral imbalances or shortages that can negatively impact heart health.
It is the minerals that catalyze the enzymes in every cell, allowing the cell to adequately perform the functions it evolved to do to maintain life and health of the organism. The following elements are essential for proper functioning of the heart and circulatory system of the human body:
- Calcium, and
How many of these elements do you consume daily in your current diet? The discouraging thing is even when you change your diet to mainly plant based and organic, you still don’t have any idea how much, if any minerals are in what you are eating. The reason is that organic does not necessarily mean the mineral content of the soil has been replenished. Additionally, different plants pull different elements from the soil and we therefore must strive to eat as wide a selection of fruits and vegetables as possible. An example is iodine. The originating source of all iodine is sea plants, especially Kelp. Iodine is not widely nor evenly distributed in the planet’s topsoil and so if you are not consuming some sort of sea vegetable on a regular basis, you are most likely not getting adequate iodine.
People consuming table salt are getting plenty of sodium and chloride but no other elements, especially magnesium and potassium. The recommendations for calcium intake are also throwing off the cellular balance of this element to the point where it becomes detrimental.
Add to this the stressful life many of us have, both physical and emotional, and we frequently end up deficient or imbalanced in the heart health mineral elements.
Without them, the heart and circulatory system functions suboptimally, or worst case, not at all.
Supplementing with them daily will provide you with the necessary elements for proper cellular functioning of your cardiovascular system.
Then all you need to do is pay attention to your lifestyle including what you eat.
Keeping your heart healthy is not difficult. It just requires you to think about what you are and are not giving your cells for nourishment and optimal functioning.
In good health,
Rick Wagner, M.S.,C.N.