Heart disease always seems to come out of nowhere. More often than not, those affected thought they were in rather good health until they exhibit problems significant enough to warrant medical attention. The difficult thing about heart disease is, it can present in those who never move their bodies AND those who exercise all the time. In fact, some types of heart pathology are more apt to present in those who are in “amazing” cardiovascular condition such as marathon runners and those who do sustained cardio for long periods of time.
That being said, there are a few common lifestyle blunders which dramatically contribute to heart disease and which are often mistaken for healthy choices. Avoiding these three will help ensure the longevity of your heart and prevent emergency trips to the hospital.
- Cooking with or eating vegetable oils: Vegetable oils were a rather non-existant entity within the world diet until about 1920-1930. The first vegetable oils were byproducts of large agriculture. What could not be used for animal feed or industrial processes were manufactured into a fat source for humans. This fat source, has little to no nutritional value, is often rancid before it reaches the store, and contributes to inflammation and arterial damage. Previous to vegetable oil manufacture, the main sources of fat among US citizens were butter and lard and yet heart disease was an almost unknown commodity. Common sources of vegetable oils are: Cooking oil (Wesson, canola, corn, Crisco, soy and grill oil), crackers, breads, chips and baked goods, nut butters, baby formulas, even coke and Pepsi use bromated vegetable oil in their formulas.
- Eating Low Fat Dairy and Products: Low fat dogma came out of assertions made in the medical community in the 1980’s regarding fat’s association with cholesterol levels. However, direct clinical studies have not shown this link to be accurate. Cholesterol levels are more indicative of dietary sugar and simple carbohydrate ingestion, liver function and bile production than fat intake. Dairy fat in particular when from grass fed, organic, Raw dairy has been shown to diminish inflammation and help lower the incidence of heart disease in those for whom dairy is a tolerated food. This affect largely coming from the concentration of fat soluble nutrients such as Vitamin K, and D along with beneficial Essential Fatty Acids found only in the milk of grass fed cows. Low fat dairy has to be enhanced with synthetic vitamins because without the fat, all fat soluble vitamins are lost.
- Eating A High Protein Diet: Protein in its basic form; amino acids, works to build tissue within the body, but excess protein becomes sugar and then gets stored as fat. If you over-consume amino acids, the building blocks of every body process, it is like ordering more building supplies than is needed daily. Eventually, you will have so many supplies, you can’t even see the door. The body must try to clear the excess, and therefore amino acids get deposited wherever there is space. Arterial walls are significant locations of deposition. Excess amino acids are deposited along the walls, causing thickening of the artery, this thickening causes localized inflammation, making the spot an ideal place for small tears. Tears must be patched with cholesterol and thus arterial plaque begins. Protein should not exceed 4 ounces per meal, and even a bit less for those not doing strenuous occupations or high intensity strength training.
Making the changes associated with these three big lifestyle factors can dramatically lower inflammation in the body which directly leads to heart disease. Although many other factors including heavy metal toxicity, stress, sympathetic nervous system hyper-stimulation, food sensitivities and effects of ingesting GMO and Pesticide sprayed foods all can play a part. Beginning with the above recommendations and then consulting with an expert regarding which if any of the other factors apply to you will generate significant chance of health and change.