CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES: A SILENT KILLER
Cardiovascular diseases such as arteriosclerosis and hypertonia are complex processes where oxidative stress and inflammation play an important part.
Most patients with high blood pressure have so called idiopathic hypertonia. Doctors are unable to find a clear cause here. Scientists discuss genes, obesity, stress, smoking insufficient nutrition amongst causing factors for this treacherous disease. Often the vessels of the patients are too constricted and narrow and thus creating too much of a resistance for the blood to flow smoothly. In many cases an imbalance in our autonomic neural system is to blame. Fight and Flight mode (the so called sympathetic part) overreacts and is constantly active whereas our resting-mode (the so called parasympathetic part) wouldn’t get a chance.
Arteriosclerosis is a chronic process where oxidative stress and inflammation damage the wall of the blood vessels. Over time the damage builds up and the debris in the wall accumulates. The vessels harden, losing elasticity and eventually becoming narrower and narrower until one day they are blocked.
To deal with arteriosclerosis and hypertonia prevention and therapy must focus on the most obvious and dangerous root causes. Just to lower cholesterol is not sufficient enough to revert anything, medicines against high blood pressure namely prevent from worst cases such as stroke or heart attack but don’t go go after the source either. To truly succeed we have to try to target oxidative stress and inflammation inside the cells and on top of this give parasympathicus a chance.
There is no way around basic lifestyle changes: Heart and blood vessels will thank you if you give up smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, consume less animal fats or processed foods with trans-fats. Enemy Nr 1, sugar, shouldn’t be on the list of frequent consumed foods. Instead enjoy mainly fresh, plant-based foods, wholemeal products, nuts, olives and a wide range of high quality plant oils. Good old berries, especially the ones with the darkest, most intense colours such as blueberries or red currants contain a big range of powerful polyphenols and other antioxidants which protect the vessel walls from oxidative damage. The good news here: a controlled consumption of red wine also helps to keep the vessel walls unharmed. As fat around the tummy creates active inflammation it is important to look out for a smaller waist and to leave the sofa daily to exercise. Deep breathing helps to strengthen parasympathicus against sympathicus.
Amongst the most basic cardio protective nutrients range arginine, Q10, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids.
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About the author
Dr. Sabine Schellerer, is a naturopath, PhD Human Biology, PGDAM Alternative Medicine, MS Pharmaceutical Sciences.
One of Dr.Sabine’s key approaches in her therapy is basic therapy (Detoxifocation, Drainage, Acid-Alkaline Balance). She uses therapeutic methods such as Homoeopathy, Tissue Salts and Biological Medicines.