Chronic inflammation plays a role in just about every chronic disease people face today. Looking to mitigate underlying inflammation is one of the most powerful strategies to put the body on the path towards healing itself. This holds true for anything from cancer, to autoimmune diseases, to heart diseases .
Inflammation is caused by excessive oxidative stress at the cellular level. This oxidative stress can actually inhibit the function of mitochondria. Mitochondria make all of the energy needed for our cells to carry out normal functions. This means that inflammation can negatively affect just about every cell in the body by damaging the very structure we need to make energy.
Poor Calcium Metabolism
We have been led to believe that calcium is the panacea for bone loss. While calcium is a critical aspect of healthy bones, there is massive oversight as to the process of forming bones. Calcium actually coordinates with magnesium, Vitamin D, and Vitamin K2 to ensure that it ends up in the bone.
When these nutrients are not sufficient in the body, calcium will be much more likely to end up in the arteries in the form of plaques. Recent studies have backed this up by showing that solely supplementing with calcium can actually increase your risk of having a heart attack.
Having the critical co-factors necessary to ensure calcium ends up in bones, and not in the arteries, is critical to prevent heart disease.
The cause of Heart Disease as explained by Dr Eric Berg
Reversing Hardening of the Arteries.
Dr. Berg gives you some insights to how to reverse hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). This involves vitamin C, Vitamin D3+K2, Magnesium and other nutrients.
Blood Sugar Imbalance
A commonly overlooked aspect in the pursuit to prevent heart disease is actually blood sugar imbalances. In fact, it seems that we have been completely misdirected in what causes heart disease in this regard. We have been told for years that fats and cholesterol are the enemy, when it is much more likely to be sugar.
Most people in today’s society rely heavily on carbs and sugar as a primary aspect of their meals. This means that their metabolism primarily relies on sugar for energy. This kind of eating pattern creates massive fluctuations in blood sugar that contribute to the formation of something called advanced glycation end products (AGEs).
Not enough short chain fatty acids (fruits, veggie, real butter and oats) and too much sugar = not enough mucin being produced by your gut bacteria (Mucin acts like a wall separating good bacteria from immune cells) . SCFAs are produced when dietary fiber is fermented in the colon. Sources are Acetate, propionate(Inulin), and butyrate (kerrygold butter) are the three most common SCFAs. Inulin best sources are: Asparagus, Chicory root, Garlic, Jerusalem artichoke and Onions.
Dr. Berg discussed about the heart in relationship to nutritional deficiencies. The heart is one of the main muscles of the body that responds to nutrition very quickly. Arrhythmia is a problem with the pacemaker of the heart, a neurological thing that keeps the heart rhythm requires electrolytes. Not having enough electrolyte such as Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium and Sodium and would create all sorts of abnormal heart rhythm happen in the body.
Calcium – it helps contract muscles. Calcium deficiency could cause tetany, muscle twitch and too much calcium could create a rhythm problem with the heart. Vitamin D3 increases the absorption of calcium by 20x in the small intestine and Vitamin K2 helps avoid buildup of too much calcium in the arteries or other soft tissues. Vitamin K2 is made in the gut, but is also available in grass fed butter, free range egg yolks and fermented natto.
Magnesium – Deficient in magnesium could cause leg cramp. Magnesium is involved in relaxation of muscles and it is very important for muscle cramps prevention. Magnesium is high in green leafy veg, but also can be obtained with an epsom salt bath every couple of days.
Sodium – low in sodium will cause feeling weak and too much sodium would cause high blood pressure. Simple table salt must be avoided, it is also in processed foods, the take away for avoiding it is to prepare your own food.
Potassium – The body needs 4,700mg of potassium daily. It is needed for the electrical connectivity of the nervous system and the muscles, it also helps lower blood pressure and lower the pulse rate. This is available in leafy green salads, swiss chard, kale, beetroot, steamed spinach, steamed broccoli. Electrobal+ powdered drink contains high potassium.
Speaking of antioxidants, glutathione is the most important antioxidant in the human body. This is because it exerts powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and detoxification effects. At the same time, glutathione helps to regulate all other antioxidants in the body, such as Vitamins C and E, as well as Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD). Glutathione can be supplemented with LipoGSH , this can be helpful to bring down inflammation in the body quickly.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Most people consume a large amount of omega 6 fats and not enough omega 3. The ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats we have in our bodies, and the sources we derive these fats from, has a profound impact on inflammatory markers in the body. Increasing omega 3 intake and working to decrease omega 6 intake is a great preventative strategy for heart disease. Omega 3 fats also help to improve calcium metabolism to prevent the deposition of calcium in the arterial lining. Omega 3 fats, namely EPA and DHA, can help to improve cholesterol, triglyceride, and blood pressure values.
You can acquire EPA and DHA from wild-caught seafood sources such as Alaskan salmon, sardines and cod. Additionally, supplementing with 1-4 Grams of either fish or algae-sourced omega 3 fats is a great idea. Algae Oil Capsules | Fish Oil Capsules.
Insulin resistance is a condition where the cell can’t absorb the minerals well anymore and it’ll start developing all sorts of issues in the arteries. This occurs through high sugar and grain diets. Plaque in the arteries develops after a lesion or oxidative problem with the artery wall. Insulin resistance can be reduced with the healthy ketogenic diet.
Heart attacks occur during a stress event because the adrenals trigger it. The adrenal hormone called adrenaline has one function of vasodilation the coronary artery, the main blood supply to the heart itself.
Vitamin B1 is really important in preventing the heart from enlarging. Respiratory and breathing problems will occur when you are deficient in vitamin B1. Some of the B vitamins helps the arteries constrict and some helps with vasodilation. Dietary Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) can be obtained through (beans, lentils), beef and pork, Brewer’s yeast, Nutritional Yeast, oatmeal, enriched pastas, rice bran and wheat germ, A2-milk, nuts, seeds and oranges.
Things to keep in mind:
– LDL IS NOT CHOLESTEROL. It just carries cholesterol and certain vitamins to the cell
– Cholesterol is essential to the cell membranes of all cells. It is highest in quality butter and ghee.
– HDL’s job is to bring the cholesterol away from the cell?