In Search of Optimal Cardiovascular Health
By Kerry Greening
Inflammation is your body's natural response and is how a healthy immune system reacts to stresses to your body from injuries, irritation, chemicals, free radicals, stress and many other factors. New studies help confirm emerging evidence that low-grade inflammation is a factor in the development of heart disease and diabetes.
Blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP)--a blood protein released by the body in response to infection and injury--increase in heart disease, according to a study of 643 women published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The authors found that higher levels of CRP were present in women who developed coronary heart disease than in those who developed cancer or didn't develop either condition during nearly five years of follow-up.
Research data published in Circulation suggest that physical fitness might have an anti-inflammatory effect that protects against heart attacks. Dr. Michael LaMonte and colleagues at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, found that women with low fitness status had significantly higher CRP levels than those in the moderate and high fitness categories. CRP was also elevated in women with the highest body mass index, an indirect measure that correlates with body fat in most people.
First, it is important to point out that inflammation is not in itself a disease. Rather, it is a response to tissue injury, such as bacterial infection; under such circumstances inflammation is generally beneficial to the host. In the case of bacterial infections, inflammation brings white blood cells to the area of infection, where they can engulf (phagocytose) and kill the invaders. Eventually the affected tissue is restored to normal. Nevertheless, inflammation can get out of hand, and many of the diseases that afflict us are inflammatory in origin.
Inflammation is often acute, of sudden origin. Many bacterial infections cause acute inflammation, but they may also cause a persistent, or chronic type of inflammation that can result in permanent tissue damage by laying down fibrous scar tissue.
Remember that your body is designed to fight off infection and disease. So then why are so many people developing heart disease and other diseases?
Our goal is to help you understand and comprehend why your body breaks down and why you get illness and disease.
There really are so many problems that contribute to the development of heart disease. Let's start with discussing chemicals in our world. Water is so essential to your health and vitality, the main problem is people do not drink enough of it; most of the people in westernized countries drink water that has chemicals to treat the water. Remember chemicals and toxins contribute to poor health.
Our municipal water supplies have chlorine and fluoride both chemicals are incredibly toxic. Other studies have shown that the high use of pharmaceutical drugs by people in our world is getting back into our water tables. How? Well all chemicals are not food and anything that you consume that is not food is not absorbed by your body and is getting flushed down the toilet and recycled back into the water table after it is treated. The problem is that the filtration systems do not remove the pharmaceutical drugs and yes eventually this water gets recycled and back into your clean tap water and you end up consuming small amounts of various pharmaceuticals in addition to the chlorine and fluoride. Learn more about toxins and chemicals at http://www.diseaseeducation.com/science/Nugent-Toxin-Report.php
What does this mean, well all of these chemicals cause scarring of your arteries which in turn causes a dysfunction of your cell structure and causes inflammation. These scarred arteries also attract the LDL cholesterol and it attaches itself to your arteries causing arteriosclerosis. By not consuming enough water you tend to get dehydrated which contributes to all kinds of medical inflammation problems such as asthma, allergies, arthritis, stiffness, pain and many others. By not having enough water, your body's cells do not have enough fluid and reduces your natural ability to remove toxins and chemicals in your body.
Having high cholesterol is obviously desirable and was thought to contribute to heart disease. Essentially having high cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, you do want to find ways to lower your cholesterol and keep it within the recommended levels. Again the problems occur when this LDL cholesterol attaches itself to your arteries and this is what clogs and restricts optimal blood flow.
What really causes the cholesterol to attach to your artery? The simple answer is you have imbalances at the level of your cell.
The individual cells in your body are constantly dying and replacing themselves. On a cellular level your body requires specific raw materials to function at an optimal level, such as clean pure water, proteins, vitamins, trace minerals, antioxidants, glyconutrients, essential oils, phytonutrients and plant sterols.
If you are deficient in any of those nutrients and you have chemicals and toxins in your system then the result is dysfunction at the level of the cell and that is what causes altered cell structures which leads to inflammation that leads to LDL cholesterol attaching to your arteries which leads to arteriosclerosis.
Emerging science suggests that inflammation is one of the possible causes of coronary heart disease. There are specific natural non toxic science-based solutions to help reduce the risk of heart disease. Various studies have shown that those who consume omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, glyconutrients, vitamin D, grape seed extract, selenium, plant sterols, pure clean water and food form vitamins and minerals have lower markers of inflammation than those who do not.
These essential nutrients supply your, cells, systems and heart with a unique combination of natural ingredients that help promote a healthy inflammatory response in your body.
Excess inflammation is caused by a number of factors including an unhealthy diet, being overweight, smoking and pollution. Exercise, a proper diet and these core nutrients provide what your body needs to balance inflammation and promote optimal cardiovascular health.
Theses powerful omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and essential nutrients work together to provide your cells the nutrients it requires to defend, protect and restore proper function to your body's cells and systems.
Glyconutrients play a key role in the development of cell surface glycoproteins. Glycoproteins influence various states predisposing to disease (e.g., inflammation) and are involved in a number of major diseases. If you do not have the proper structure of glycoproteins on your cell surfaces then your cells are altered and become dysfunctional and this leads to many disease conditions.
Fish Oil is a great source of omega-3 Fatty Acids EPA & DHA, these "good fats" are recommended by the American Heart Association as part of a heart healthy diet. Adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids helps control the body's normal inflammatory response. Although not conclusive, scientific research shows that consuming Omega-3 fatty acid may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Research has shown that Vitamin D is essential for the development and maintenance of healthy arteries and that an adequate amount of vitamin D is essential for cardiovascular health. Receptors for vitamin D have been identified in white blood cells that are essential to normal immune function and normal inflammatory response in the body.
The powerful antioxidants help support the body's immune system by reducing oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been shown to increase inflammation in the body.
Selenium Essential to fighting free radicals, this trace mineral activates the body's natural antioxidant system to fight oxidative stress and support a healthy inflammatory response.
Malnutrition, stress, and inflammation influence the overall clinical picture in many diseases, particularly in chronic conditions.
Health is defined as a state of normal functioning without evidence of disease or abnormality. What does that mean to us as individuals? In simple clinical terms it can be described as feeling good, being symptom free, having all organ systems apparently functioning normally, no evidence of disease, and enough energy to do what we want to do.
To obtain optimal health you need many components working together synergistically to maintain health and fight disease. Nutrients and exercise support functions in your body that allow your body to restore health. Your body knows how to address what's wrong with it and you need to supply what it needs to restore health.
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About The Author
Kerry Greening is a health and wellness consultant helping you address the underlying causes of disease so you can restore and have dynamic vibrant health.
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