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Cholesterol Lowering Foods – Heart Disease Prevention

Little by little larger numbers of people suffer from heart disease as a consequence of high cholesterol levels. There are many factors that enable the accumulation of cholesterol inside the organism, but the major cause is considered to be unhealthy diet. Unhealthy diet and bad eating habits can considerably increase blood cholesterol levels. That’s why cholesterol lowering foods should be part of a cholesterol lowering diet.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your bloodstream and every cell in your body. First off, it is important to note that cholesterol is normal. We all must have some cholesterol within our bodies. Without out it, your body would be unable to produce cell membranes and various hormones. But here is where it gets complicated. When your body has too much cholesterol, this waxy substance starts to form blockages in the arteries, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Cholesterol lowering food in combination with a healthy fit lifestyle has been proven over and over again to be one of the most effective ways of lowering cholesterol naturally.

Cholesterol lowering food should be included in everyone’s diet but especially in a diet to lower cholesterol if your cholesterol is already high. Failure to include cholesterol lowering food in your diet can lead to heart attack and stroke.

Nuts such as almonds and walnuts that have a high amount of monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fat, also help lowering cholesterol. Researchers have found that nuts not only lower the total and LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol significantly, but also help maintain a desirable level of HDL (or “good”) cholesterol.

Garlic is a popular cholesterol-lowering herb that contains allin and allicin. It has antispasmodic properties that help facilitate proper digestion and absorption. Because of its quick and effective actions on the gastrointestinal tract, excess cholesterol won’t be easily stored as fat since garlic tries to let the body eliminate it instead.

Oatmeal is a good source of carbohydrates and soluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps reduce low-density lipoprotein or LDL which is also called bad cholesterol. Soluble fiber acts to hinder excess absorption of cholesterol in the intestines. With its gel-like qualities, bile works with dietary cholesterol to be properly excreted by the body.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed provides alpha-linolenic acid a poly-unsaturated fat which has been shown to lower cholesterol while providing needed soluble fiber.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of the mono-saturated fats and studies have shown that it lowers blood cholesterol. Extra virgin olive oil is suggested to be better than other varieties.

While foods containing soy protein are no longer considered cholesterol lowering foods, they can still be part of a healthy diet. Soy protein will not harm your health, and substituting soy protein, such as tofu, tempeh, edamame, soy nuts, soy milk, soy burgers, soy cheese, and soy flour for animal protein, continues to be a wise food choice because of its high content of polyunsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and low content of saturated fat.

Risk Factors for Heart Disease~Smoking

Lower Cholesterol Naturally and Safely Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

Have you been told by your doctor to lower cholesterol levels through your diet? Or are you one of millions of Americans that realize, heart disease has reached epic proportions in this country and are looking for natural ways to lower cholesterol? Don’t distress; there are several ways to lower cholesterol without prescription statin drugs and their possible dangerous side effects.

“High cholesterol” is actually a misnomer for the improper balance between HDL cholesterol (most commonly referred to as “good” cholesterol) and LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol because it is the major cause of blockages in blood vessels, leading to heart attack and stroke). When the LDL cholesterol level is extremely elevated in relation to the HDL cholesterol level, your doctor may prescribe statin drugs such as Lipitor or Crestor, and recommend you to try a lower cholesterol diet, to bring these cholesterol numbers back into a more proper and safer range.

Cholesterol from food is hard to get away from, even though you may be watching your diet. All foods of animal origin contain cholesterol, especially including eggs, red meat, and shrimp. Generally, foods that are high in saturated fats or trans fats should also be limited. These include foods you may not even think of, such as: grilled cheese sandwiches, margarine, potato with butter, and even chicken pot pie. Fortunately, a national campaign has recently eliminated trans fats from being used by the many fast food restaurants. This will surely reduce some of the high cholesterol numbers across the nation over the long run.

Lowering cholesterol through your diet is a good start to “lower cholesterol,” but other things can be done to affect your goal. You can lower cholesterol through more exercise. But exercise alone will not reduce cholesterol, lower cholesterol must be attacked from within the body. It has been discovered that several herbs and vitamins can be used in combination with your diet to lower cholesterol.

Guggul, cayenne, policosanol, garlic, vitamin C and niacin are just a few of the herbs and vitamins that have been clinically proven to bring cholesterol levels back into a proper and safe range. Lowering cholesterol naturally with these herbs and vitamins, in conjunction with diet and exercise, have been shown in medical studies to reduce high LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol levels within 30-60 days. Studies have also documented that use of these herbs and vitamins while taking statin drugs, resulted in a more rapid correction to proper cholesterol levels than taking statin drugs alone. You can get more cholesterol information that will help you lower cholesterol at my website, www.GreatNewsHealth.com. We can all benefit from lower cholesterol, which will lead to a longer, more enjoyable, and productive life for everyone.

Health to Wealth, Take a Load Off Your Heart and Earn Money Too

I would like this blog to be of dual purpose… I am here to entice you to join me with a network marketing company that I am representing, a very noteworthy company because of its straight forward approach to earning money. There are no gimmicks, no mirrors, no fees, no investment and no risk. I’ve already stated this in my last blog. Now I would like to tell you more before I lead you to my web page. The other thing on my mind is healthy heart awareness. In a way, a completely different category, but the two are linked because of certain health products that this company manufactures here in the US.

My name is David Verge, as stated in the other blog; I have lived throughout the world, especially in Europe. My lust for life is up there with all the rest of you who have dreamt of adventure, different cultures, different foods and different thoughts. It’s how we learn, and if anything else, we should start learning better. As the good man says: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness”. I have made my way through life through my craft-cabinetry, carpentry and contracting. The reason I’m writing all this is because life was and is good, but I ignored certain signs that I want to open your eyes to. And that is a healthy heart, I suffered a major heart attack which ended up with congestive heart failure. I want you to realize the excesses of today’s world, especially attacking the American public to unhealthy habits more than any other nation in the world.

My case started with chest pains or more exact, heart pains. I immediately went to see several doctors, who mistakenly, misdiagnosed the problem. They sent me home with Nexium and assured me that the ‘acid reflux’ problem would go away in a few days. Before those few days were up, I drove myself to the emergency room where it was confirmed that I was having a heart attack. Next thing I knew I was rushed into the operating room, unfortunately too late. The damage was done and within the following hours I suffered cardiac arrest. Quite a few volts later I awoke.

To say the least, life is not the same. Every day is a struggle, but also a joy. If there’s a reason that I was given a second chance, it is unbeknownst to me. But enough of the horrid details, I am here to enforce the fact that, yes it can happen to you also. It has taken me a long time, no help from the doctors, to learn on my own what my condition is and how to improve it. And for you heart patients and heart techies out there, my ejection fraction is 26%. Before I move on I would like to inform anyone with any interest in learning more to visitmy web site where you will find links. At the end of this article I will reference a few great books on the subject and my site has quite a few very informative and educational links. Sorry to subject you to the details, but I just had to get it off my chest (pun intended). Now onto the serious stuff-Making Money.

Because of my condition and also the condition of millions of Americans, I still want to touch on the heart issue before beginning on the road to wealth. Our obese nation, has sacrificed health for instant gratification of taste, enforced by the media and every other salesman out there. Our country has sacrificed healthy products to produce the most effective way to make money. Kobe beef, the delicacy of meat is the most expensive meat out there; it is called white beef because of its fat content. And that’s where we have our problem, our domesticated animals are fattened up with grain, shot with hormones to enhance growth and who knows what else, we’ve all heard of mad cow disease and we all know how it got there. It’s time we educate ourselves.

Did you know that duck is less fattening than chicken and that buffalo is leaner than the two of them. That is because buffalo is still roaming free, eating grass, a natural occurrence without human intervention. If you let a cow become free range the fat is reduced and what fat there is, it is not half as dangerous for you than the processed kind.

I understand that we are a big nation with a lot of people to feed, so we make short cuts, these shortcuts are hurting us as a healthy nation. 100 years ago, all cattle were free range, how times have changed. And it’s time I move on and stop talking about nutrition; one last note is that anyone who wants to talk nutrition can contact me directly at David.verge@gmail.com, since my diet is so restrictive because of my heart failure, I have become quite the expert. Just to inform you though, I am human and I am American, and I’m no saint; how could I possibly pass up ribs in the summer, mind you, just a few. Of course with a cold beer. But that is a luxury I can seldom partake in.

Now all of this information does have a purpose in the overall scheme of things with making money in the distribution field of Neways products. Neways products are synonymous with health, and I take them not just for my cardio problems but for digestion, circulation, cell rejuvenation and on and on, and as an educated consumer, I know there are certain supplements which are necessary to take in our world. Now a world filled with processed foods; filling, but unnutritional. Omega 3, cardio health and joint health, critical fatty acids, products to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, circulatory health, liver health, body cleansing products, anti-oxidants, anti-aging and CoQ10, these are just a few of the products offered with Neways. All products can be reviewed in detail at http://www.neways.com/, or write me and I can send you a catalog.

When I talk about no investment and no risk, you must understand the Neways concept. We, you and I, are out here to make money and we can do it with a good conscience by becoming part of the Neways networking teams. The big money is in distribution, not direct sales, unless you want to or own a health food store. The optimal way to earn with Neways is to join in the Direct Ship Plan, where you purchase $150 worth of goods monthly. You are spending, but it is for your personal consumption. It is your health plan to wealth. It is where I hand in my vitamin shoppe card and just buy directly from Neways at wholesale prices and make money in doing so. There is no investment because you are transferring your buying habits from other stores and buying from Neways. The concept is easy enough.

And there are no fees, no mirrors, no gimmicks, and no scheme. It is an honest way to make considerable money full time or part time. The time involved is up to you. And I’d like to continue with the health to wealth aspect, which I like to call easy as 1,2,3 wealth. That’s it, you find 3 associates, friends, family, co- workers and the likes to try these products and explain the wealth benefits open to them by becoming part of the Neways family. In a perfect world where everyone does their homework, you could be earning considerable income within just 5 months. Please visit my website to see the chart explaining the explosion of wealth. http://www.newayswealth.com

I’m not here to pressure you into anything, you must educate yourself. I have given you the websites and if you don’t feel comfortable joining the team, take the time to explore the idea with friends and family, get feedback and to feel secure, get your first 3 recruits before even joining, then you have no pressure whatsoever. I hate to say it, but either you get the concept and the beauty of it, or past experiences and over-hype by other networking companies has numbed your senses into disbelieving. That is something you will have to come to terms with, because faith and trust is the backbone of any real adventure. Whether financial or whimsical. You put your trust in me and I also put my trust in others, it is this ability to trust that bonds humans together. This is what makes the machine work, this is why Neways works, there is no fast sale, no hidden sale, everything is in the open and that is the way it should be. Check it out, like I said, either you get it or you don’t. And if you do get it, it all becomes very easy. So now that I have managed to get your undivided attention to at least check it all out, let’s get back to my primary mission.

That is to teach you to respect your body, to eat healthy and, in return, you will be grateful to the forces that make you change unhealthy habits. This does not have to be Neways, but that is one choice. Just listen to your body, it will tell you a lot. And, for goodness sake, you don’t want to be in my position, so make your future, in health and in wealth.

For all you fellow heart patients or heart techies, I have a St. Jude dual chamber defibrillator/pacemaker: this makes my third in 3 years, again a comedy of errors on the part of our great medical professionals. What the hell, if I complained about my pain that I put up with, I’d be miserable. So I just look to the stars and ask, “why me?” and smile. And yes, the defibrillator has zapped me, but that’s another story for another day

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Below are the books I recommend for anyone with heart failure to read.

Success with heart failure

Marc A, Silver, Md. 2002, Di Capo Press

 

Take a load off your heart

J.C. Piiscatella & B.A. Franklin, Ph.D 2003,Workman Publishing

 

Dr. Dean Ornish’s program for Reversing heart disease

Dean Ornish, MD 1990, Ballantine Books

 

Heart disease for dummies

James A. Rippe, MD 2004, Wiley Publishing

 

Thriving with heart disease

Wayne Sotile 2004

 

The Mayo Clinic cookbook

May we all eat well

For Women In Texas, Heart Health Means Taking Action

For women in Texas, notably but not exclusively in the larger cities of Dallas, Houston and Austin, health is an ongoing concern, as it is in other areas of the country. One of the biggest health issues is one that’s closest to the heart. Quite literally.


The fact is, heart disease is responsible for the death of more American women under the age of 45 than any other single disease, including breast cancer. Whether someone has health insurance or not, more than half a million women a year die from heart disease. And more than 60% of those had no previous symptoms.


When a woman does find herself suffering from heart disease, she’s less likely than a man to receive aggressive medical treatment, according to the American Heart Association. She’s also more likely than a man to die from heart disease: 38% of women (compared with 25% of men) will die within one year following a heart attack.


While two risk factors — the aging process itself and a family history of heart disease — aren’t something a woman can change, others can be changed.


Smoking is one area that can tip the scales in favor of a woman, as far as risk of heart disease is concerned. With numerous support programs available, in cities such as Houston, Dallas and Austin and throughout Texas, a woman wanting to quit smoking is well-equipped to do so, with the healthful benefits to follow.

And more and more people are deciding to quit, the overall number of adult smokers having decreased during the last 20 years.


Unfortunately, the number of teenage girls that are taking up the habit is actually increasing, which is a reason for concern. Smoking lowers levels of good cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease. And cigarette smoking combined with the use of birth control pills has also been shown to increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.


Another factor that contributes to heart disease is high blood pressure or hypertension. Left untreated, the condition makes the heart work harder, speeds up hardening of the arteries (known as atherosclerosis) and increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. While high blood pressure can sometimes occur during pregnancy, it usually goes away after childbirth. Although high blood pressure cannot be cured, doctors say it can be controlled with diet, exercise, and, if necessary, medicines.


Cholesterol levels are another risk factor when it comes to heart disease, and women in general have higher cholesterol levels than men due to the positive effect of estrogen on HDL, one of the most important predictors of cardiovascular health, according to a study in the American Journal of Cardiology. In short, the higher the level of HDL cholesterol, the less likely a woman is to have a heart attack or stroke. Once a woman goes through menopause, however, HDL levels tend to drop, increasing the risk of heart disease. HDL and LDL cholesterol levels can be improved by diet, exercise and, in some cases, cholesterol-lowering medicines.


Want more out of life? One way is to become less of a person, at least so far as your weight is concerned. Obesity is certainly a strong predictor for heart disease, but where the weight settles is also an important factor. The Texas Heart Institute, based at Houston’s St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, says women who have a lot of fat around the waist are at greater risk than those who have fat around the hips. A plan of diet and exercise approved by a doctor is the best way to safely lose weight.


Yet another area of health concern in women at risk for heart disease is diabetes. A correlation between obesity, physical inactivity and high cholesterol levels may be part of the reason, but studies show that women with diabetes have a higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease than men with diabetes do. Proper management of diabetes is, therefore, even more important to women, throughout Texas and elsewhere.


Birth control pills may also pose an increased cardiovascular risk for women, especially those with other risk factors such as smoking. Researchers believe birth control pills raise blood pressure and blood sugar levels in some women and also increase the risk of blood clots, risks which increase as women get older. The advice of some: communicate with your doctor about any other cardiovascular risk factors that might exist, before taking birth control pills.


Drinking alcohol on an excessive basis is another risk factor when it comes to heart disease in women, notably in terms of its contribution to obesity and the raising of triglyceride and blood pressure levels, all factors which can cause heart failure and lead to stroke. While some studies have shown that the risk of heart disease in those who drink moderate amounts of alcohol can be lower than among those who do not drink alcohol, it doesn’t mean those who do not drink should start or that those who do drink alcohol should increase the amount they drink. For women, a moderate amount of alcohol is considered to be one drink per day.


Hopefully, none of this is adding to your levels of stress, which is, itself, considered to be a contributing risk factor for both men and women. While researchers are as yet unclear about the relationship to heart disease, stress can lead to other risk factors such as smoking and overeating.


For women in particular, heart disease can be a significant health concern. Thankfully, there are things that anyone can do to reduce that risk. Yet even then, knowing that various options exist can be something of value.

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