Clean Your ARTERIES with GOOD FOOD!

Overtime your arteries can begin to accumulate plaque and if you’re not careful, you may not even notice until the damage is done. Heart disease can creep up on your body and so can the risk for heart attack or stroke too. Detoxing your arteries should be part of your daily ritual and can be accomplished through a healthy diet.
By making certain artery cleansing foods a part of your diet, you can keep your arteries running clean long into old age. Here are some heart healthy foods you should add to your grocery list:
1. Kiwi- Kiwis are loaded with flavonoids that cleanse your blood vessels and decrease inflammation. They’re also loaded with fiber, which reduces cholesterol and reduces your risk of heart disease.
2. Shrimp- While shrimp do have cholesterol, they also contain taurine, an amino acid which protects the arteries from fat crossing the intestinal wall.
3. Avocado- Avocados have been shown to reduce total blood cholesterol by an average of 17 points. A compound called beta-sitosterol does the work. Cholesterol plays a big role in your arteries because high cholesterol levels build up plaque along the artery walls. Blood vessels can become blocked and even rupture, causing heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.
4. Olive Oil- One of the polyphenols in olive oil, hydroxytyrosol, helps protect the cells that line your blood vessels from being damaged by overly reactive oxygen molecules. Therefore, it keeps the blood flowing through your arteries flowing strong.






Clean your Arteries with Grapes and Apples!

A study on juices made from apples or purple grapes showed that both the juices and the fruits themselves can help prevent clogged arteries.
Researchers fed hamsters fruit and juice along with a fatty diet. The animals who were fed grape juice had the lowest risk of developing artery problems. The benefits came from the fruits’ high levels of phenols, a potent antioxidant. Antioxidants in various foods are already known to be beneficial to heart health. In this case, the team wanted to see how juicing affected the phenol content, because most studies have looked at raw fruit.
The hamsters were given an amount of fruit equivalent to three apples, or three bunches of grapes for a human weighing 154 pounds (70 kg), and drank the equivalent of four glasses of juice daily.
Compared to the control group that was given water, those given fruit or fruit juice experienced several health benefits, including:
Lower cholesterol
Less oxidative stress
Less fat accumulation in their aorta

Purple grape juice was the most potent, followed by purple grapes, apple juice, and apples. Other antioxidants, such as vitamin C and carotenoids may also contribute to their overall effect.






Spice your Health and Clean your Arteries!

Atherosclerosis causes fatty deposits called plaque form in your arteries. Plaque interferes with blood flow, which raises your risk for heart disease and stroke. Known causes of plaque buildup include high blood levels of low-density lipoprotein, also called LDL, triglycerides, another form of unhealthy fat, and high blood pressure. Several herbal remedies or spices may help reduce the amount of plaque in your arteries and lower your risk for serious disease. Discuss these remedies with your doctor to determine what is appropriate for you.
-TUMERIC
Turmeric is a traditional Indian spice that also has medicinal qualities and may help reduce arterial plaque. Research suggests that it inhibits platelets from forming clots, part of the process that helps enlarge plaque deposits. It may also lower blood cholesterol, especially keeping LDL within a healthy range.
-GINGER
Ginger is a common spice that also has a long history in traditional medicine as a treatment for many ailments. It contains several compounds called gingerols and shogaols, which have biological activity and may be responsible for its health benefits. Ginger may help prevent plaque buildup or lessen existing plaque by lowering total cholesterol and blocking oxidation of LDL, one of the steps in plaque formation.
-GARLIC
Garlic has a long history as part of traditional medicine that dates as far back as ancient Egyptian times. Among its benefits, garlic tends to raise blood levels of high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, while reducing LDL. It also reduces levels of two other compounds, called homocysteine and C-reactive protein, that are associated with atherosclerosis and heart disease. Garlic is also an antioxidant and it may help reduce blood pressure, another factor that contributes to plaque formation in your arteries.






Take Care of your Leg Pain!

Most leg pain results from wear and tear, overuse, or injuries in joints or bones or in muscles, ligaments, tendons or other soft tissues. Some types of leg pain can be traced to problems in your lower spine. Leg pain can also be caused by blood clots, varicose veins or poor circulation.
Call for immediate medical help or go to the emergency room if you:
-Have a leg injury with a deep cut or exposed bone or tendon
-Are unable to walk or put weight on your leg
-Have pain, swelling, redness or warmth in your calf
-Hear a popping or grinding sound at the time of a leg injury
See your doctor as soon as possible if you have:
-Signs of infection, such as redness, warmth or tenderness, or you have a fever greater than100 F (37.8 C)
-A leg that is swollen, pale or unusually cool
-Calf pain, particularly after prolonged sitting (such as a long car trip or plane ride)
-Swelling in both legs along with breathing problems
-Any serious leg symptoms that develop for no apparent reason
Schedule an office visit if:
-You have pain during or after walking
-You have swelling in both legs

-Your pain gets worse
-Your symptoms don’t improve after a few days of home treatment
-You have painful varicose veins






Silent Signs you may Have Clogged Arteries!

Each year in the United States, more than 700,000 people suffer a heart attack, and almost 400,000 people die of coronary heart disease (CHD).
Preventing heart disease in patients is my main goal, but early detection is the next best thing. This can lead to changes in lifestyle and medical therapies that can delay or deny the onset of a heart attack; almost 80 percent of heart disease is preventable with lifestyle changes. Many of my patients are shocked to learn about the following clues to underlying heart disease.

-Erectile dysfunction (ED) could mean clogged arteries.
Men have a built-in warning system for silent CHD. When achieving an erection is difficult or impossible, it can be a sign of clogged arteries in the pelvis that presents before a heart attack hits.
-Baldness could indicate clogged arteries.
In a comprehensive new study of almost 37,000 men, severe baldness at the crown of the head strongly predicted the presence of silent CHD at any age. In a separate study of more than 7,000 people (including over 4,000 women), moderate to severe baldness doubled the risk of dying from heart disease in both sexes.
-Ear crease might indicate clogged arteries.
One of the stranger markers, a crease in your earlobe (specifically, an angled crease in the ear that runs diagonally from the canal to the lower edge of the earlobe) has been mentioned in medical research reports as a sign of silent CHD for decades. The ear crease may result from poor circulation, including in arteries in the heart.







-Calf pain when you walk might mean clogged arteries.
This is known as claudication (from the Latin for “to limp”). Atherosclerosis can block leg arteries, particularly in smokers, before CHD is diagnosed. This symptom requires an evaluation without delay. Your doctor will examine the pulses in your legs and perform simple measurements of leg blood pressure and blood flow to confirm a diagnosis of poor circulation.

Change your Diet to Clean your Arteries!

During arterial cleansing, it is necessary to change eating habits and preferences by paying more attention to the foods you eat, namely their type, amount, and quality. First of all, you should:
ELIMINATE or LIMIT:
ALL sugars such as…
-concentrated sweets: table sugar (sucrose), cane sugar, brown sugar, Turbinado sugar, Demerara sugar, powdered sugar, honey, syrups (especially high fructose corn syrup as a substitute sweetener for sucrose-table sugar added to fruit juices, sodas, and other beverages), preserves, molasses, jams, jellies, and candies
-desserts-baked goods: pies, cakes, cookies, crackers, frosting, pastries, doughnuts, ice cream, frozen yogurt, and regular or sweetened gelatin
-beverages: fruit juices, fruit drinks, fruit punches, regular sodas, carbonated pop, colas, ades, smoothies, sports drinks, sweetened coffee drinks, mocha, and chocolate drinks
-other foods: sweetened cereals, flavored yogurts, and sports or energy bars
Alcohol such as:
beer
-wine
-hard liquor
-liqueurs
(usually sweetened alcoholic liquors)
LIMIT:
red meat, especially fried, changing it to broiled or roasted poultry (turkey, chicken), preferably free-range.
ADD More:
-dark green leafy vegetables.






Best Tips to Clean your Arteries!

A small amount of thickening and loss of elasticity in the arteries is a natural part of aging, but if we regularly eat fatty foods and fail to exercise, the arteries start narrowing dangerously. They get clogged with deposits that look like porridge. In fact, the term for clogged arteries, “atherosclerosis,” is made up of two words: athero which in Greek means porridge, and sclerosis, which means hardening.
And here’s a scary fact: arteries can get up to 85% clogged before you notice the first signs of heart disease.
With some simple precautions and diet changes, it is possible to keep arteries clean and healthy. Your aim should be to lower LDL, the bad cholesterol that clogs arteries. This can be done by focusing on a healthier diet. Here are some sound suggestions health experts make:
-Choose low-fat cheese, but be careful–some low-fat varieties have too much sodium. Harvard School of Public Health advises that you choose the cheese you like and enjoy small amounts of it.
-Switch to lower-fat milk, especially if your milk consumption is high.
-Eat more apples and oatmeal: the soluble fiber in them lowers bad cholesterol.
-Enjoy baked potato instead of fries or wedges.
-Use low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream.
-Reduce or totally stop your consumption of packaged cookies, crackers, and chips—they contain harmful trans fats that are bad news for your arteries.
-Cook with olive oil or vegetable oil instead of butter and margarine.
-Add more beans and vegetables to casseroles and chili; reduce the amount of meat.
-Include avocado in your diet. It has monounsaturated fat and many important nutrients that benefit the heart.
-Low-fat frozen yogurt is a better choice than full-fat ice cream. Better still, eat fresh fruit.






How Can I Unclog My Arteries?

Sadly, any clogging of the arteries is permanent – once fatty deposits (or atherosclerosis) have begun to build up in their lining, there is nothing you can do to remove them.
That means that prevention is all important, and the good news is there is plenty you can do to prevent the clogging process continuing, and narrowing your arteries even more.
Firstly, you should stop smoking – the more you smoke, the more you will fur up your arteries. You should also check your weight, and make a real effort to lose any excess pounds you are carrying.
Which brings me on to diet. Too much fat, in particular saturated fats, can raise your blood cholesterol level, and this in turn can increase your risk of atherosclerosis. Saturated fats are found mainly in foods that come from animals, such as butter, eggs, cheese, cream, full cream milk, and fatty meats, such as pork, lamb and steak.
So cut down on the amount of these that you eat, get rid of your frying pan (use a griddle instead) and eat more fresh fruit and vegetables instead.
Some people unfortunately inherit a tendency to have a high cholesterol level no matter what they eat
, so if heart disease runs in your family, it would be a good idea to have your cholesterol level checked – which your GP can arrange for you.
Ask to have your blood pressure checked at the same time, as high blood pressure, along with stress and anxiety, can also increase the risk of blocked arteries.
Finally, make a real effort to take more exercise – not only is it good for your circulation in it’s own right, but it can also help to reduce your blood pressure.






Break Up with Soda!

An astounding 180,000 people die each year, worldwide, due to the consumption of sugary drinks, and about 45,000 of those deaths are from heart attacks. Heart disease might set in because people who drink many soft drinks tend to gain weight, become diabetic, and suffer premature heart blockages.
Soft drinks also elevate blood sugars, which coat proteins and fats, rendering them into a harmful form that damages your arteries. Harvard researchers, who have been studying more than 40,000 physicians and 88,000 nurses for more than two decades, found that women who consumed more that two servings of a sugary beverage a day were 40 percent more likely to develop heart disease than women who drank fewer. Men who drank the most sodas were 20 percent more likely to have a heart attack than those who drank the least.
Give up soda. If you drink several a day, be realistic. Start by swapping one for iced tea. Or water it down by mixing half a glass with seltzer. Over time, drink less and less soda until you get to zero.






Go Nuts!… Live Longer!

People who eat nuts as part of a heart-healthy diet can lower the low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol level in their blood. High LDL is one of the primary causes of heart disease.
Eating nuts may reduce your risk of developing blood clots that can cause a fatal heart attack. Nuts also appear to improve the health of the lining of your arteries.
What’s in nuts that’s thought to be heart healthy?
Besides being packed with protein, most nuts contain at least some of these heart-healthy substances:
Unsaturated fats. It’s not entirely clear why, but it’s thought that the “good” fats in nuts — both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — lower bad cholesterol levels.
Omega-3 fatty acids. Many nuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a healthy form of fatty acids that seem to help your heart by, among other things, preventing dangerous heart rhythms that can lead to heart attacks. Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in many kinds of fish, but nuts are one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Fiber. All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol. Fiber makes you feel full, so you eat less. Fiber is also thought to play a role in preventing diabetes.
Vitamin E. Vitamin E may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries, which can narrow them. Plaque development in your arteries can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or a heart attack.
Plant sterols. Some nuts contain plant sterols, a substance that can help lower your cholesterol. Plant sterols are often added to products like margarine and orange juice for additional health benefits, but sterols occur naturally in nuts.
L-arginine. Nuts are also a source of l-arginine, which is a substance that may help improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow.