Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., responsible for over half a million deaths per year. Yet less than 25% of the population has a genetic predisposition to cardiovascular disease. This means that most people are able to ensure proper heart health through diet and lifestyle.
So today I am going to list the top 3 things you can do to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and suffering a heart attack.
1.) Remove all vegetable oils from the house. This includes, but is not limited to, corn oil, soybean oil, and canola oil. These are products that are already chemically unstable, yet exposed to massive amounts of refining and processing.
For the last few decades, the public was told that replacing naturally occurring fats (butter and olive oil) with these man-made alternatives, would prevent clogging of the arteries and heart attacks. Unfortunately, the studies that led to these recommendations were falsified.
Since 1970, our nations consumption of calories from added vegetable oils has increased 37%, while our rates of cardiovascular disease and diabetes have rose correspondingly.
2.) Eat vegetables at every meal. They can be cooked or raw. Fermented or pickled. Topped with butter or olive oil. Seasoned with salt, pepper, or anything else you desire.
Not only are veggies loaded with vitamins and minerals, but they also provide more fiber per serving than any other food. Fiber helps move cholesterol around the body as needed and feeds the healthy bacteria in our guts.
Vegetables are also loaded with phytonutrients. These are compounds that give plants their distinct colors. When consumed, they act as antioxidants, improving many functions of the human body.
3.) Do not keep any refined sugar products in the house. White sugar is a prime example, but this also includes packaged goods that are sugar-based, such as baked goods, juices, and even skim milk.
Once again, we were misled when we were told to eat more carbohydrate-dense products (pasta and cereal) and limit natural foods (meat and eggs).
We have increased our consumption of refined grain products by 39% since 1970. And just like replacing nutrient-rich butter with rancid man-made oils, our nations population has experienced worsening cardiovascular rates.
If you notice with the “restrictions” of manmade oils and sugar products, I merely say to eliminate storing these in the house. There is nothing wrong with going out for an occasional pizza at a restaurant sourcing products locally…and there is no need to obsess over what kind of oil a friend cooked with when you are a guest at a dinner party. Just by not consuming these things 90% of the time, internal health will improve greatly.
In terms of the vegetables…well…we are all adults so you have to eat your vegetables! Now that butter and naturally occurring sea salt are recognized as safe again, we should all be able to make veggies bearable, if not enjoyable.
I personally have seen dozens of clients improve their blood cholesterol numbers, and even some get off statins and reverse Type II diabetes with these 3 simple steps.
So, try instituting one at a time or all at once – either way, your heart health will improve!