Heart Health

In today’s world, we hear a lot about stress, heart disease, and heart attacks.  Neither living in fear nor denial are healthy for our heart. But being aware of risk and what we can do to lower risk allows us to take a better look so that we can flow through life a little easier.  I’ve made a short and simple list of things to be aware of and things we can do to help lower risk.

Things To Be Aware Of

 

PERSONALITIES –  Type “A” personalities, not all, but those that tend to internalize anger are more prone to heart attacks, according to studies. Anger turned inward is associated with increased blood pressure.  Type “D” personality known as “distressed” or “disease-prone,” tend to worry, be irritable, or express chronic negative emotions.

TOXINS –  Cadmium (found in cigarettes and marijuana) – In hair mineral analysis, a Cadmium level greater than .06 mg% is associated with hardening of the arteries and kidney disease.  This can cause high blood pressure.

Toxic forms of nutrient minerals that affect the heart are Copper and Toxic Calcium.

Copper imbalance – High copper and copper deficiency are associated with cardiovascular disease.  https://www.michelledambra.com/copper-and-your-health/

Toxic calcium – A toxic form of calcium often builds up in the arteries and kidneys as people age.  On a hair mineral analysis this shows up as a Calcium Shell https://www.michelledambra.com/the-calcium-shell/

NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES –  Most people’s diets are low in nutrients, even if eating a diet high in vegetables, as the crops and soil today have less nutrients in them.   Prescription drugs worsen nutritional deficiencies and stress depletes minerals that lead to imbalances, the most common being copper/zinc causing copper toxicity.

“The habits that took years to build, do not take a day to change” ~ Susan Powter

Things We Can Do To Lower Risk

 

DIET –  Unless you are already at high risk, we don’t have to stress over making changes cold turkey.  Instead, make changes one day at a time.

A diet low in sugar, processed foods, caffeine, table salt, saturated fat, and high in cooked vegetables, organic meat, unrefined sea salt, and spring water is best.  Diets today have enough in omega-6 fatty acids but not enough omega-3. Omega-3’s can help with inflammation known to lead to cardiovascular related diseases. Unfortunately, eating fish for omega-3 oil is not best due fish being too high in mercury.  We always recommend taking a daily quality sourced fish oil supplement instead.

 

LIFESTYLE – Get plenty of rest and sleep.  Stress reducing activities such as light yoga, meditation, baths, adult coloring, get a massage, laughter, time with pets, get some sunshine, and being in the company of positive people.  Exercise is important for overall health, however, vigorous exercise tends to cause more oxidative stress, whereas numerous studies have shown that brisk walking improves cardiovascular health with less oxidative stress and impact on joints.

Limit alcohol intake and quit bad habits such as smoking and healing past hurts.  It’s interesting that we do these habits to try to deal with the stress, however it only compounds it.

WEIGHT –  Keeping a healthy weight puts less strain on the heart, other organs, blood vessels, bones, and joints.  Obesity increases other health risks that lead to high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, and high cholesterol.  This group risk factor, when at least 3 are present, is known as metabolic syndrome, which increases a person’s risk for heart disease.

Hair analysis can help show indicators of cardiovascular disease

In hair mineral analysis, an indicator for a potential heart attack would be seen in a sodium/potassium ratio less than 2.5, combined with fast oxidation.  Even worse would be a Step-Up Pattern that is a fast oxidizer, sodium/potassium less than 2.5 AND a calcium/magnesium ratio less than about 4.

Further reading:

https://www.michelledambra.com/cardiovascular-disease/

https://www.michelledambra.com/cholesterol-and-your-heart/

 

Resources

Dr. Larry Wilson – Cardiovascular Disease

Heart patients with Type D personality at higher risk of future cardiovascular problems https://www.news-medical.net/news/20100915/Heart-patients-with-Type-D-personality-at-higher-risk-of-future-cardiovascular-problems.aspx

Exercise and Cardiovascular Disease https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/01.ATV.18.7.1181

Brisk Walking May Equal Running for Heart Health https://www.webmd.com/heart/news/20130404/brisk-walking-equals-running-for-heart-health-study#2

What Is Metabolic Syndrome? https://www.webmd.com/heart/metabolic-syndrome/metabolic-syndrome-what-is-it#1

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