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By Steve Marmor, herbalist, iridologist, nutritional consultant.
Heart disease is often oversimplified as being a single thing, when in reality, it is a complex and multifaceted problem that can include physical, genetic, structural and even psychological elements. In basic terms, heart disease develops when the arterial wall is weakened or injured for a variety of reasons, the most common being fat or plaque that stiffens the arteries and thickens the blood. These problems, in turn, elevate blood pressure and cause trauma to the arterial walls and make the heart susceptible to inflammation and cholesterol penetration.
When these conditions continue for a long period of time—through years of eating a poor diet rich in fatty animal products and over-processed foods, coupled with low activity, high stress, low water intake, sodas, coffee, alcohol, overweight, the inevitable results. Minimizing the elements mentioned above that work against maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system, as well as significantly improving your water intake, exercise, dietary regimen, stress management, can yield huge benefits in the fight against heart disease!
Additionally, inflammation as we know of it, is at the root of many deadly diseases—not heart disease alone. That’s because it fosters the conditions that allow disease to grow: dampened or suppressed immunity, labored body processes, and reduced nutrient absorption, to name a few.
In addition to Heart Disease and attending to your health in some of the ways mentioned already, be aware there are a wide variety of health supports available to reduce inflammation, chelate plaque and hardened lipids from arterial and vascular pathways, de-stress, boost immunity, and much more.
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