The heart and the circulatory system send blood through the body, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the cells and eliminating waste. In Chinese Medicine the heart is known as the ruler of all the other organs. You would think that such an important system would merit the greatest care, and yet cardiovascular diseases are the biggest killers in North America.
High Blood Pressure and high cholesterol seem to be the norm in our society.
Dr. Dean Ornish astounded the medical world with his study published in 1990. He was the first researcher who was able to reverse cardio vascular disease. More astonishing was his method of exercise, yoga, meditation, support groups and a low fat, vegetarian diet in which only 10% of calories came from fat.
This study indicates that:
Of course the body must be able to easily digest, absorb and assimilate these nutrients.
Foods that lower blood pressure
To keep the cardio vascular system running smoothly it is important to ensure you :
How do arteries get blocked, causing arteriosclerosis?
Unlike veins that have one lining, arteries have 3 linings and plaque forms on the middle lining. Things such as bad fats, heated or refined oils, blood clots and waste matter, adhere to the lining of the artery and become covered with cholesterol and plaque. Eventually this will cause the artery to narrow and lead to angina, shortness of breath and heart attack. The plaque can break off from the artery wall and move through the blood stream (embolization.) This is a common cause of heart attack and stroke.