This month at our practice, we are focusing on ways to keep your heart functioning at its highest level. In our "Half-Hour to Health" we shared new ways to do so. Here are our notes, and below is the video recap. Join us next month for our "Half-Hour to Health" on Breast Health Strategies.
1. About 801,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 3 deaths.
2. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.
3. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing nearly 380,000 people annually.
Why Chiropractors are concerned about your heart!
-Nerves that go to your heart are located at the upper part of your back called the thoracic spine. This is a common area of subluxation. People who receive regular chiropractic care are less likely to have a heart attack.
-Chiropractic adjustments are heart-health savers.
-Proper nutrition makes a massive difference when it comes to our heart
Cholesterol - Cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease – Researchers at the University of California did a study on 137,000 patients from 541 different hospitals all of which had an acute heart attack. They all had a blood test within 24 hours after the heart attack. What was found was that total Cholesterol was 174 and their LDL was all below normal. Did this study conclude that cholesterol was not related to heart disease? No, the study found cholesterol should be lowered more with drugs. The study was paid for by the world largest drug companies.
What is cholesterol – It is the building block of all steroid hormones in our body, when cholesterol is increased it is a sign of inflammation in the body. How then do we lower cholesterol and get to the source of inflammation?
Statin drugs destroy the magnesium needs in our body. When our body is magnesium deficient, it ends up with high blood pressure. Statin drugs will also impact a male’s ability to have an erection.
Oils that cause inflammation and heart disease -1) People who eat margarine have twice the rate of heart disease as butter consumers 2) Avoid vegetable oils and trans fats – These oils enter our metabolic processes and are defective for bodily use. Our cell membranes, hormone synthesis, immune system, ability to deal with inflammation, and other systems all become defective in the presence of trans fat.
Gallbladder – Two things the gallbladder does not like – no fats and bad fats, if you have been applying any of these fats or no fats, try introducing coconut oil which is easy on your liver and gallbladder.
Myths about Fats | Cholesterol | Heart-Health
-A low-fat, high-carb diet is the optimal human diet – This is false. It stems back to thinking saturated fat was the main cause of heart disease. Low-fat diets have been studied and it was concluded that they are more likely to cause heart disease and cancer then other groups.
-Cholesterol-rich foods are bad for you – This is false – Example: the egg which when consumed, actually raises HDL, and is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet.
-Saturated Fat causes heart disease – There are many studies that show that saturated fat does not cause heart disease, it is time for the government to get on the same page.
-Eating fat makes you fat and high-fat diets are dangerous. - This is false. Fat has more calories than proteins and carbs, but studies show people who are on high fat diets are more likely to lose weight and have increased HDL, lower blood sugar, and have less abdominal fat.
-Label marketing such as heart healthy or low fat is good – This is false. It is important to read all labels because many times these products have preservatives, sugar additives, and other harmful ingredients.
-Diets low in salt are good – This is false – National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey did a study and found out people on low salt diets are 40% more likely to have a heart attack. People should use Celtic sea salt instead which is an unrefined mineral salt that helps lower blood pressure.
Eat organic or grass-fed butter - A good source of vitamin A and E, contains selenium, short and medium chain fatty acids used for quick energy and not stored energy, rich in antioxidants, CLA which helps with weight loss, and protects against cancer
Tips to help improve heart health
-Exercise 20 minutes a day
-Eat more healthy fats: butter, coconut oil, olive oil.
-Ditch sugar and unhealthy oils
-Work towards getting off medication
Nutrients to help with Heart-Health
1. Flax oil – Helps our body use calcium, reduces inflammation, improves heart health, and skin health.
2. Bio-Cardiozyme – This is a heart-healthy multi-vitamin loaded with nutrients for heart health.
3. Biomega 3 – A heart-healthy oil that has the same benefits as flax oil
4. Celtic Sea Salt – This is an unrefined salt that helps our body with stress, minerals, and lower blood pressure.
5. Bio-FCTS – Heart health relies on antioxidants and vitamin c – both of which are in high demand in this product.
6. Aqua Mag-Cl – This is a product that is designed to help lower blood pressure –take a teaspoon before bed.
Our Acoustic CardioGraph is on special in the month of February for $25 (normally $50) for all of our current members (in-office special) – This is a specialized stethoscope that will listen to your heart and clue us in on if there are any nutritional deficiencies affecting your heart.
Rapid Immune Response – 10% off for the month of February (in office special only) – This is a great way to boost the immune system very quickly – use 2 every hour until the bottle is gone once you have the first sign of not feeling well.
March’s Half Hour to Health @ Westlake Office
HOT TOPIC: Breast Health
March 1 at Noon
March 2 at 6pm