Many nutritional experts agree that heart disease is a deficiency disease caused by consuming too many refined foods, especially fats and oils. Deficiencies caused by refining and bleaching our flour, refining and processing our foods, and the denaturing of our fats and oils are part of the cause. Processing destroys essential vitamins, minerals, and synergistic factors present in whole foods.
Foods to eat:
- A diet rich in whole foods, organic fruits, vegetables and beneficial fats, such as unheated extra virgin olive oil
- Brewer’s yeast and whole grains that are abundant in B vitamins
- A whole food source of wheat germ oil (referenced in Resources)
- Rice bran syrup, which provides niacin for nerves and reduces triglycerides and LDL cholesterol
- Avocados, which are abundant in beneficial fats
- Eggs, which have generous amounts of lecithin that counteract dietary cholesterol
- Fiber in the form of whole food fiber including beets, carrots, tubers, etc., wild rice, and flaxseed meal, which can help lower cholesterol
- Avocado and grape seed oils, which have a high smoke point and can be best used for cooking
Foods to avoid:
- Fried foods
- Excess animal protein
- Nonorganic dairy products
- Saturated, hydrogenated, and trans fats
- Fluoride, chlorine, and other toxic chemicals
- Additives and preservatives in foods and drinks
- Coffee, cigarettes, and excess alcohol consumption
Cleansing the arteries and veins of your circulatory system is accomplished by eliminating hydrogenated trans fats in your diet and adding essential fatty acid supplementation in the form of flaxseed oil and certified mercury-free fish oils. Both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important to circulation. Omega-3s have been shown to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides. Omega-6s, which are found in black currant seed oil, borage oil, and evening primrose oil as GLA, have been shown to reduce plaque inside arteries.
The vitamin B complex, which includes both the B-complex group (for stimulation) and the G-complex group (for relaxation). Vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid are necessary to reduce circulating homocysteine levels in the blood formed by the consumption of high amounts of animal proteins.
Vitamin-C complex, E2 and heart protomorphogen are special whole-food vitamin complexes that help to build a healthy heart muscle.
Chlorophyll is plant blood that helps cleanse, detoxify, and thin the blood that is thickened with toxins and cellular debris. Chlorophyll is found in all green plants, kelp and seaweed, and is especially rich in magnesium. Chlorophyll can be found in all green food supplements. See appendix A for all whole-food supplements and special heart-related formulas.
Mild inversion exercises are beneficial to the heart and help remove stagnant blood from the extremities. For exercise, you can try the slant board, inversion table, or the yoga swing.
Walking, swimming, and mild aerobic exercise, utilizing a heart monitor to find your ideal heart rate for exercise, are all great for building a healthy heart.
Hawthorne berries, which help to open up blood vessels to the heart and assist in lowering blood pressure.
Cayenne pepper, which can be a magic tonic for the heart, and is especially effective when combined with hawthorne berries. Take a capsule of cayenne pepper each day with food to improve circulation. Garlic is an excellent blood purifier, and has even been found to dissolve blood clots.
Organic minerals, organic trace minerals, calcium lactate or citrate, magnesium, chromium, and selenium.
A whole-food source of all the essential and some nonessential amino acids assist the heart by providing the raw materials necessary for repair. All whole-food supplements for the heart are listed in appendix A.
Neurolymphatic Reflex and Vascular Holding Points
Stimulating lymphatic reflex points as illustrated will help to improve lymphatic drainage, and enhance the function of the heart, circulatory system, and liver. Holding the related vascular holding points will improve the circulation to the heart and improve the function of the circulatory system.