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Factors Causing Heart Disease

March 17, 2016

 

Let’s talk about what really causes heart disease, and it might not be pretty; but this is Let’s Talk Straight No Chaser!

 

As Dr. Mercola has pointed out, rather exceptionally I must say, statins really have nothing to do with mitigating heart disease risk. This class of drugs increases your risk for heart problems especially if you do not take ubiquinol (CoQ10) in tandem with it. This drug depletes CoQ10, so you must replace it. Taking extra Vitamin K2 is also helpful. 

Statins decrease CoQ10 for the same identical reason they lower cholesterol, they impair the pathway your liver uses to make both of them. CoQ10 is essential for mitochondrial health. Mitochondria are often referred to as the powerhouses of the cells. They generate the energy that our cells need to do their jobs. For example, brain cells need a lot of energy to be able to communicate with each other and also to communicate with parts of the body that may be far away, to do this substances need to be transported along the cells, which needs lots of energy. Muscle fibers also need a lot of energy to help us to move, maintain our posture and lift objects. Mitochondria generate chemical energy, similar to the type of energy you get from a battery. The energy made by the mitochondria is in the form of a chemical called adenosine triphosphate or ATP for short. ATP is an energy currency that every cell in our body can use and it keeps us alive. So you can see how important this is.

 

Considering that we have shown in my previous posts that saturated fat and cholesterol have nothing to do with heart disease, let's look at what really causes this potentially lethal condition. The Statin Nation film I recommend focuses on cortisol, stress and telomeres which can influence heart disease, but for most of us this disease is a result of poor lifestyle choices. Let’s look at them below, and they do not cost much to change.  

 

A diet too high in sugar, trans fat, and oxidized cholesterol, and too low in healthy fats, added sugars, and processed fructose in particular, are a primary driver of metabolic dysfunction and heart disease. One recent 15-yearlong study, which included data for 31,000 Americans, found that those who consumed 25 percent or more of their daily calories as sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those who got less than 10 percent of their calories from sugar. 

On the whole, the odds of dying from heart disease rose in tandem with the percentage of added sugar in the diet regardless of the age, sex, physical activity level, and body-mass index. 

Trans fat may promote heart disease to an even greater degree than sugar. Structurally, trans fats are synthetic fatty acids produced during the hydrogenation process. (They are not present in either animal or vegetable fats.) Trans fats prevent the synthesis of prostacyclin, which is necessary to keep your blood flowing. When your arteries cannot produce prostacyclin, blood clots form, and you may succumb to sudden death.

Also, while dietary cholesterol is fine, oxidized cholesterol is not. Oxidized cholesterol forms when polyunsaturated vegetable oils (such as soybean, corn, and sunflower oils) are heated. This oxidized cholesterol causes increased thromboxane formation — a factor that clots your blood. 
So, if you want to protect your heart, avoid all hydrogenated oils and vegetable oils, and replace them with healthy saturated fats such as coconut and coconut oil, avocados, butter, animal fats like lard, and raw nuts.

 

Lack of exercise: Exercise protects against heart disease primarily by normalizing your insulin and leptin levels, and it is indeed potent medicine. A 2013 meta-review, which included 305 randomized controlled trials and nearly 339,300 people, found "no statistically detectable differences" between exercise and medications for heart disease, including statins.

 

Lack of sun exposure: Vitamin D is very important for reducing hypertension, atherosclerotic heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. In one study, vitamin D deficiency increased the risk of heart attack by 50 percent. What's worse, if you have a heart attack and you're vitamin D deficient, your risk of dying from that heart attack creeps up to nearly 100 percent. Ideally, you want to maintain a vitamin D level of 50 to 70 ng/ml year-round, or 70 to 100 ng/ml if you're trying to treat heart disease.

 

Lack of grounding to the earth: Grounding effectively alleviates inflammation because it thins your blood and infuses you with negatively charged ions through the soles of your feet. It also helps thin your blood by improving its zeta potential, which means it improves the energy between your red blood cells. Research has demonstrated it takes about 80 minutes for the free electrons from the earth to reach your blood stream and transform your blood. Since heart disease is primarily caused by inflammation, regularly grounding yourself to the earth is a simple way to combat inflammation without spending a penny. I have a Earthing Mat Kit on my Amazon estore 

 

Identifying Risk Factors for Heart Disease
You must look at what causes damage to artery walls, interferes in disease processes, and causes blood clotting. When the endothelial wall is damaged, repair mechanisms are set in motion creating a “scab”. To prevent the scab from coming away from the wall, the endothelial wall grows over it, causing the area to be thickened. This is atherosclerosis. There is not fat (Cholesterol) “clogging the pipe”, it is the body’s natural process of repair. The primary culprit that causes damage to your arteries is sugar and fructose in particular. Eating a high sugar diet is a perfect way to put heart disease on your list for potential health problems. So total cholesterol tells you nothing about your disease risk unless it is exceptionally elevated, above 330. Life Extension has a supplement called Arterial Protect that is a natural endothelial plaque stabilizer.

 

There are two ratios that are far better indicators of heart disease risk:
•    Total HDL/total cholesterol ratio: HDL percentage is a very potent heart disease risk factor. Just divide your HDL level by your total cholesterol. This percentage should ideally be above 24%. Below 10%, it’s a significant indicator of risk for heart disease.
•    Triglyceride/HDL ratios: This ratio should ideally be below 2.
Additional risk factors for heart disease include:
•    Your fasting insulin level: Any meal or snack high in carbohydrates like fructose and refined grains generates a rapid rise in blood glucose and then insulin to compensate for the rise in blood sugar.The insulin released from eating too many carbs promotes fat and makes it more difficult for your body to shed excess weight, and excess fat, particularly around your belly, is one of the main contributors to heart disease.
•    Your fasting blood sugar level: Studies have shown that people with a fasting blood sugar level of 100 to 125mg/dl had a nearly 300% increase higher risk of having coronary heart disease than people with a level below 79mg/dl. Dr. Mercola personally believes your fasting blood sugar should be below 80 and is something that you should regularly monitor. You don’t need a doctor’s order for it, you can easily purchase blood (finger prick tests) on Amazon. I have them in my Amazon estore  
•    Your iron level: Iron can be a very potent driver of oxidative stress, so if you have excess iron levels you can damage your blood vessels and increase your risk of heart disease. Ideally you should have these levels checked, and they should not be much above 80 ng/ml. If it is elevated, the simple way to lower it is to donate blood.

Well family, there you have it! So please consider making the necessary changes. 

 

If you are interested in getting a nutritional plan or health coaching, contact me at chaseitstraight@gmail.com

 

I am with you and in your corner!

Christina :)

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