February is heart health month!So what can you do to maintain a healthy heart?
Understand that high cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease but remains a favorite target of the health care industry mainly because drugs can be thrown at it. But drugs can't fix heart disease.
A recent study indicated four key dietary factors that cause heart disease.
Processed foods. These foods are loaded with simple carbs that quickly break down to glucose and cause rapid blood sugar spikes. This eventually leads to insulin resistance and damages the delicate inner endothelial lining of the coronary arteries. Cut all breads, pasta, rice, sugary treats and any foods made with wheat (including whole grain) or corn.
Excess Omega-6 oils. Vegetable oils are used in virtually all baked and processed foods to enhance flavor and increase shelf life. Excess amounts of vegetable fats trigger the release of inflammatory chemical messengers that increase oxidative and damage the vascular system. Vegetable oils are only stable at room temperature and should not be used for cooking. Avoid all fried foods and corn fed meats.
Omega-3 deficiency. Our modern diet is virtually void of health-sustaining Omega-3 fats that have been a part of the human diet for countless generations. The proper ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fats is ideally 1:1. Experts agree that many people are closer to a 20:1 ratio. This creates an imbalance and promotes systemic inflammation. Include tuna, salmon, sardines, nuts and seeds to balance your fat ratio or include a high potency fish oil supplement.
Oxidative Stress. The normal course of breathing, eating and moving generates free radicals that can damage our genetic structure and cause LDL cholesterol to become oxidized. We can`t avoid the process entirely but we can include healthy quantities of fresh vegetables, berries and targeted supplements to negate the effects of free radicals on our heart and other organs.
One of the best supplements available for maintaining heart health even has "heart" in the name.
Red Heart Algae from Enriching Gifts International plays an important part in reducing oxidative stress. It is 500-1000 times more powerful than Vitamin C and 100 times stronger than Vitamin E. Red Heart Algae is produced in bio-dome photo reactors that maintain a 100% controllable environment which creates an extremely clean, pure and concentrated product which is easily absorbed and digested.