Saturday, December 27, 2008
HEART & CIRCULATORY SYSTEM PROBLEMS
Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer in civilized nations today. Stress, tension and lack of exercise are all contributors, but diet is the single most influential factor. No one food, or aspect of diet, but the whole calorie imbalance of high fat, low nutrient foods and eating habits. Fried foods, refined, low fiber foods, pasteurized dairy products, too much salt, sugar, coffee, tobacco, alcohol, red and processed meats, all lead to clogged or reduced arteries, high cholesterol and blood fats, high blood pressure, arrhythmias, and heart attacks. Almost all of these circulatory problems can be treated and prevented with improvement in diet and nutrition. You can carve a better future with your own knife and fork, than with a lifetime of dependence on drugs, pacemakers, or multiple surgeries.
Life style changes are not easy, and they take time to accomplish, but this choice is infinitely preferable for the quality of life and must take place for there to be permanent results. High calorie, fatty, salty, sugary foods are generally responsible for cardiovascular problems. A whole foods diet relieves them.
Herbs as concentrated, whole food nutrients can also successfully address heart and circulatory problems. Herbs are rich in minerals and trace minerals for circulatory strength and regulation. They are anti-oxidants for better oxygen uptake by the body. They are cardiovascular stimulants for support and resilience. They are effective in improving chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and arteriosclerosis, and as cardiotonics during acute circumstances, such as angina or fibrillation.
• Add exercise with a brisk walk to your day
• Do deep breathing exercises and stretches every morning to stimulate the brain, reduce stress, and oxygenate the body for the day
• Use dry skin brushing, alternating hot and cold hydrotherapy, and smaller meals with a little white wine at dinner, to increase circulation
• Consciously add relaxation and a good daily laugh to your life. A positive mental outlook can do wonders for your heart in many ways
Combinations in this section for circulatory problems are effective in the following conditions:
CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE ~ ANGINA & OTHER MAJOR HEART CONDITIONS ~ BLOOD PRESSURE IMBALANCE ~ ARTERIO & ARTHERO-SCLEROSIS ~ CHOLESTEROL BUILD-UP ~ STRESS & TENSION ~ BLOOD CLOTS, PHLEBITIS, EMBOLISM ~ FIBRILLATION & ARRHYTHMIA ~ ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE ~ EASY BRUISING ~ HEMORRHOIDS, VARICOSE & SPIDER VEINS ~ EXCESSIVE BLEEDING ~ POOR CIRCULATION
Areas of emphasis to be considered for formulation should include:
1) Herbs to control high blood pressure
2) Herbs to reduce cholesterol and harmful blood fats
3) Herbs to regulate and strengthen heartbeat
4) A cardiotonic combination for acute conditions
Source: How To Be Your Own Herbal Pharmacist by Linda Rector-Page, N.D., Ph.D.