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How much salt is bad for your heart? (Video)

Salt's effects on your body

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The Deadly Truth About Salt

For centuries, the expression the salt of the earth has been used as a catch-all phrase to describe something as good and essential. Yet nothing could be more wrong. That harmless product that you shake on top of your food every day may actually bury you!

Consider these startling facts on salt:

1. Salt is not a food! There is no more justification for its culinary use than there is for potassium chloride, calcium chloride, barium chloride or any other harmful chemical that is used as a food seasoning.

2. Salt cannot be digested, assimilated or utilized by the body. Salt has no nutritional value! It has no vitamins! No organic minerals! No nutrients of any kind! Instead, it is positively harmful and can cause trouble in the kidneys, bladder, heart, arteries, veins and blood vessels. Salt may waterlog the tissues, causing water retention.

3. Salt may act as a heart poison. It also increases the irritability of the nervous system and the body.

4. Salt robs calcium from the body and attacks the mucus lining throughout the gastrointestinal tract.

The Myth of the “Salt Lick”

Is a low-salt diet a nutritionally deficient diet? Don’t we need plenty of salt in our diets to keep us in top physical condition? This is a popular notion, but is it true? People will tell you that animals will travel for miles to visit so-called salt licks. The one chemical property all of these sites commonly known as salt licks had in common was complete absence of sodium chloride (common salt)! There was absolutely no organic or inorganic sodium at the salt licks! But theses soils had an abundance of organic minerals and nutrients which the animals naturally craved.

It’s a little known fact that about 80% of sodium we eat comes not from salt we add at the table or during cooking, but from processed, packaged foods. - Tufts University Nutrition Letter

Salt Affects Your Blood Pressure

What causes high blood pressure? Medical Science recognizes many causes: tension, strains, stress, toxic substances such as cigarettes and gasoline, food additives, insecticide sprays, etc. and the side effects of drugs and industrial toxins are all suspect. What can you do to protect yourself from these injurious agents? You would do well to exclude as many of these harmful factors from your environment and life as soon as possible!

However, there is one cause of high blood pressure which can be easily avoided. Sodium chloride (common table salt) is the major cause of high blood pressure! Up to now, we have been talking about causing high blood pressure in the normal person. But how about the effects of salt on those millions suffering from our country’s most prevalent and preventable ailment – excess weight? This is a prime area for research because obesity is known to be frequently accompanied by high blood pressure. Medical researchers proclaim a link between high blood pressure and salt intake in obesity.

Salt is Not Essential to Life

It is frequently claimed that salt is essential for life. However, there is no scientific basis to this belief. The truth is that entire primitive populations today use absolutely no salt and have never used it (most have no arthritis, cancer, etc.). If salt were essential to life, these people would have disappeared long ago. The proof salt is not needed is they are not only alive, but have better health than most Americans! Seems the false necessity of salt is mostly a money-making, harmful product.

Salt is Not Necessary to Combat Heat

There has been a great deal of propaganda in recent years about using salt in hot weather. The claim is made that the body loses a great deal of salt via perspiration and that this loss must be compensated for by consuming additional amounts of salt. Otherwise, according to this theory, great weakness and inability to continue normal activities will result. Hence factory workers are advised to take salt tablets in hot weather. We have watched many factory workers take these salt tablets, and we have also seen many of them become quite ill afterward. In fact, toxic reactions frequently follow the use of salt tablets. Vomiting and indigestion appear to be the 2 most common side effects and – as far as enabling one to stand the heat better is concerned – these dangerous supplements have no effect.

Death Valley Hike Proved Salt Dangerous

To prove definitely to my dad that he did not need salt during extremely hot weather, he went to Death Valley, California, one of the hottest spots in the entire world during July and August. On his first test he hired 10 husky young college athletes to make the hike in Death Valley from Furnace Creek Ranch to Stovepipe Wells, a distance of approximately 30 miles.

The boys had salt tablets and all the water they could drink . . . and a station wagon filled with plenty of food that contained salty foods like bread, buns, crackers, cheese, luncheon meats and hot dogs. They each ate, drank and took as many salt tablets as they desired. Dad had no salt and fasted during the 30 mile hike. They began the hike on a sweltering July morning. The higher the sun rose, the hotter it became! Up went the heat until at noon it stood at 130 degrees – a dry, hot heat that seemed to want to melt and defeat these hikers!

The college boys gobbled the salt tablets and guzzled quarts of cool water. For lunch they drank cola drinks with ham and cheese sandwiches. They rested a half hour after lunch and then continued their rugged hike across the red hot blazing sands. Soon things were beginning to happen to those strong, husky college boys.

First, 3 of them got violently ill and threw up all they ate and drank for lunch. They got dizzy, turned deathly pale and weakness overcame them. They quit the hike immediately and were driven back to the Furnace Creek Ranch. The hike went on with 7college athletes continuing.

The desire for salty foods is an acquired taste. Your taste buds can be retrained to appreciate the true flavors of foods. – Neal Barnard, M.D., Food for Life.

The Only Non-Salt User Finished Hike

As the hike progressed, the athletes drank large amounts of cold water and took more salt tablets. Then suddenly 5 of them got stomach cramps and became deathly ill. Up came the water and their lunch. These 5 had to be driven back. That left but 2 out of 10 hikers. It was now about 4 pm and the merciless sun beat down on them with great fury. Almost on the hour, the last remaining salt tablet-eating athlete collapsed under that hot sun and was rushed back for medical care.

That left only my dad on the test and he felt great! He was not full of salt tablets nor food because he was on a fast. The college boys wanted cold water, but Dad drank only unchilled, pure distilled water. He finished the 30 mile hike in good time and had no ill effects whatsoever! He camped out for the night. The next day he arose, and on distilled water only, hiked another 30 miles back to the ranch without food or salt tablets. The doctors examined him and found him to be in excellent physical condition with no ill effects from the hot climate and the strenuous hike.

Break the Deadly Salt Habit!

In our expeditions over the world we have met many primitive tribes in the tropics that use no salt. And while they are not bothered by the heat, salt-eating white people invariably complain about the hot weather. This seems to indicate that some commercial motive lies behind the eat more salt in hot weather campaign.

People undoubtedly would not add inorganic salt to their food if they were never taught to do so in the first place. The taste for salt is an acquired one. The craving for salt ceases a short time after it is eliminated from the diet. It is only during the first few weeks after the use of table salt is discontinued that it is really missed. After the initial period of abstinence there is little difficulty. In fact, many of our health students who have broken the deadly salt habit write us to say that now they cannot stand salted foods! When someone serves them salted foods, it gives them an abnormal thirst for liquids!

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How much salt is bad for your heart?

Salt's effects on your body

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What Table Salt Does to Your Stomach

An important objection to table salt is the fact that it interferes with the normal digestion of food. Pepsin, an enzyme found in the hydrochloric acid of the stomach, is essential for the digestion of proteins. Only 50% as much pepsin is secreted as would otherwise be the case when salt is used. Obviously the digestion of protein foods will be incomplete or too slow under such conditions. The results are excessive putrefaction of protein, bloating, gas and digestive distress, which effects millions.

Sea Kelp is an Excellent Salt Substitute It’s a Tasty, Healthy, and Organic Sodium

Many outstanding heart specialists heartily endorse a no-salt diet. There are some excellent seasoning substitutes available to satisfy an acquired craving for salt. In the Bragg home we use sea kelp granulars, herbs, garlic, vegetable seasonings and Bragg Liquid Aminos.

In our opinion, sea kelp is an ideal salt substitute. It gives all foods – salads, vegetables, etc. – a tangy taste.  Fresh and powdered garlic, lemon juice, raw apple cider vinegar are excellent seasoners, also, Italian and French herbs add delicious flavors to foods.

Take a lesson from world famous French chefs! The marvelous flavor of French dishes is achieved by the skillful use of garlic, onions, mushrooms, herbs – not with salt! French cooking is called rich – but it’s richness of taste and not of content. The best French chefs use very little fat and most use no salt at all!

The American Heart Association says that daily sodium intake should be less than 2,400 milligrams per day, which is about 14 teaspoons of sodium chloride (table salt –inorganic sodium). We recommend using NO table salt. Throwing away the salt shaker is a positive step towards living an Healthy Lifestyle! Get your natural organic sodium from natural healthy foods

Natural Foods Have Organic Sodium

Organic sodium is one of the 16 minerals that are required for perfect mineral balance in the human body. Absorbable sodium is the most plentiful organic mineral found in all fresh fruits and vegetables, especially beets, celery and string beans. Be assured that when you eat a balanced diet of plant-based natural foods you will receive sufficient organic sodium. Again let us tell you that you must put down that salt shaker and not pick it up again, if you want a powerful, long-lasting heart!

Your Educated Taste Buds will Guide You

After you give up salt you will appreciate the natural flavor of foods. Dad was reared in the South where salt was used plentifully to season nearly all foods. His 260 taste buds were conditioned to the heavy taste of salt. At 16 he was a victim of tuberculosis. After three American Sanitoriums and no improvement, his mother took him to a Natural TB Sanitorium in the Swiss Alps where they were against salt in the diet.

Any bad habit is difficult to overcome at first and the salt habit for millions of Americans! Some health-minded people use sea salt rather than table (land) salt. There’s little difference between these two! They are both inorganic and loaded with sodium chloride! Your 260 taste buds will guide you after you have discarded salt, for they will become very keen and sensitive and will reject salty foods. You will begin to enjoy tasting all the delicious flavors of natural foods.

The seat of knowledge is in the head; of wisdom, in the heart.

We are sure to judge wrong if we do not feel right. – William Hazlit

Eliminating Meat is Safer and Healthier!

Most uninformed nutritionists call meat the #1 source of protein. Those proteins coming from the vegetable kingdom are referred to as the #2 proteins. This is a sad and terrible mistake. It should be the other way around! Because in this day and age, almost all meat is laden with herbicides, fungicides, pesticides and other chemicals that are sprayed on or poured into the feed which these animals consume. They are also pumped full of growth hormones, antibiotics and all kinds of drugs to fatten them up and keep them from dying from the extremely unhealthy conditions most of them live in! Many of them are forced-fed the dead, ground up carcasses of other feed lot animals who, for a variety of sad reasons, didn’t make it to the slaughterhouse.

The chemical reaction from fear is adrenaline! Fear is caused when a choke chain is around the neck of cattle to keep them in line. It’s then shoved onto a conveyor belt and beheaded like those in front of them. Unused adrenaline is extremely toxic. Most of the meat that you consume is packed with this toxic substance!

Also, consider the fact that cattle, sheep, chickens, etc., are naturally vegetarians. When you eat them, you are just eating polluted vegetables. Why not skip all the waste and toxins and just eat healthy, organic vegetables?

It’s a myth you have to eat meat to get your protein. Farm animals, especially horses, get protein. Horses are vegetarians and get protein from grains and grasses. You can get proteins (list on next page) you need from the large variety of whole grains, soy tofu, raw nuts, seeds, beans, fruits and vegetables that God put here for us.

Meat Has Toxic Uric Acid & Cholesterol

Meat is a major source of toxic uric acid and cholesterol, both harmful to your health. If you insist on eating meat, it should be an organically fed source and not eaten more than 1 to 2 times weekly. Fresh fish can be the least toxic of the flesh proteins. Beware; fish from polluted waters can be loaded with mercury, lead, cadmium, DDT and other toxins. If you are unsure of the waters the fish come from, don’t risk eating it.

Avoid shellfish – shrimp, lobster and crayfish! They are garbage-eating bottom-feeders and eat decaying scum and refuse making them an unhealthy food choice. Most poultry is commercially mass fed and heavily drugged with antibiotics and hormones. Be selective and cautious in your eating; seek only the healthiest food choices.

Don’t eat pork or pork products! Pigs are the only animals besides man that develops arteriosclerosis. This animal is so loaded with cholesterol that in cold winter weather, unprotected pigs can become stiff, as though frozen solid and die. Also, pigs are often infected with a dangerous parasite which causes the disease trichinosis.

Although we feel that meat and dairy products are far more dangerous than they are healthy, we include this section because of this food group’s prominence in the average Western diet. Meats are high in visible fat, invisible fat, cholesterol and toxins from the animal. That’s why we stress to meat eaters not to have it more than 1 to 2 times a week and always trim off fat before cooking. Placing meat on a rack during cooking, baking or broiling helps drain off most of the fat and keeps it from soaking in its own unhealthy grease and drippings.

Don’t eat greasy fried foods. The frying pan is the cradle of indigestion, heart disease and death! Those sputtering lumps of frying, sizzling fat are enemies of your heart and entire body! If you must eat meats, flavor with herbs, garlic, onions, mushrooms, instead of fat-rich gravies. You can garnish meats with a variety of raw vegetables like watercress, parsley, celery, carrots, radishes, turnips, garlic, onions and bell peppers. Compared to meats, most fish is a better low fat protein! Buy freshly caught cold-water fish (salmon, halibut and mackerel) from unpolluted waters – it’s healthier.

Poultry – chicken and turkey – the organically fed and hormone and drug free are safer animal proteins. The meat is low in fat and cholesterol. Guinea hen and squab are low in fat. But duck and goose are high in fat. Discard all poultry skins and giblets because they are high in fat.

Eggs. If you do eat eggs, limit to 2 or 3 per week.

Remember, yolks contain high cholesterol fat. Fertile fresh eggs from free-range organic fed chickens are best.

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Eat to Live Comes to Your Kitchen

Eat to Live

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Eat to Live - Don’t Live to Eat Don’t Overeat!

It’s Harmful to Your Health to Overeat!

Second after second, minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day our faithful, loyal heart is working to keep us alive. In both our waking hours and during our sleep, our heart takes only a sixth of a second to rest between beats. The hardest work the heart has to do is right after an individual has eaten. The bigger the meal, the more work it has to do in pumping vast quantities of blood into the digestive tract.

Overeating puts more strain on the heart than any other one thing! Many people load up on a ten-course dinner and soon afterward suffer a heart attack! Overeating is a dangerous, deadly habit that can lead to serious consequences. You should make it a habit to always get up from the table feeling that you could eat a little more.

Studies done by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, found that one out of five Americans are obese and the rate is climbing yearly - it’s an epidemic! Obesity is defined as anyone over 30% of their ideal body weight. This leads to high triglyceride levels which can cause diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Remember, exercise is a major key factor in lowering weight and helping keep the heart healthy and fit. Fact: only 20% of Americans exercise one hour weekly, yet they spend over 15 hours with TV and the web weekly.

Recent studies show people with large waistlines have shorter life spans.

Sad Facts: Many people go throughout life committing partial suicide - destroying their health, heart, youth, beauty, talents, energies and creative qualities. Indeed, to learn how to be good to oneself is often more difficult than to learn how to be good to others.

Deep breathing is our connection to life, through the body and heart, leading us to a wholeness of being and giving us spirit for living life to its fullest. – S. Hainer

Current obesity studies show increases in all age groups. The biggest gain is in the 18 to 29 years old group at 12.1%, up from 7.1% back in 1991. American children (1 in 3) are more overweight than ever! The number of overweight children ages 6 to 17, has zoomed up since the 1960’s. Overweight children are at high risks for adult on-set heart disease and diabetes. Teach your children healthy eating habits by being a healthy, trim, fit example for them.

It’s Proven - Light Eaters Live Longer

Research and interviews with people who remained vigorous at ages over 100 years revealed that they ate sparingly and never over-ate. Their diets were well balanced with simple, natural foods. Scientific tests made on controlled animal feeding have also conclusively proven that light eaters live longer and in better health.

Always give thanks first, then eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly. Never eat in a hurry! Food bolted down causes trouble and overworks the stomach and heart. Fast eating produces gas pressure on the heart and frequently heart attacks. If you don’t have time to eat correctly, skip that meal! Fasting and skipping a meal is a good habit to develop.

Most eating habits form early in life. To live long, feel youthful and have a powerful heart you must be able to avoid and rid yourself of bad eating habits, plus condition yourself to new healthy eating habits.

A link has been found between leptin, a protein product of the obesity gene and the risk for coronary heart disease. The study was conducted by the Imperial College School of Medicine in England. The obesity gene was cloned in 1994. Its product, leptin, acts as a signal to help the body decide when it has eaten enough food to feel full. The amount of leptin in the blood has been directly linked to body fat. This study is the first to associate leptin elevations in the blood with high blood pressure. Researchers measured leptin levels in 74 men. They found that the higher the level of leptin, the more likely the risk for heart disease. Measuring leptin may become a way of determining the risk of heart disease.

Food and Product Summary

Today, many of our foods are highly processed or refined, robbing them of essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Many also contain harmful, toxic and dangerous chemicals. The research findings and experience of top nutritionists, physicians and dentists have led to the discovery that devitalized foods are a major cause of poor health, illness, cancer and premature death. The enormous increase in the last 70 years of degenerative diseases such as heart disease, arthritis and dental decay substantiate this belief. Scientific research has shown that most of these afflictions can be prevented and that others, once established, can be arrested or even reversed through nutritional methods.

Enjoy Super Health with Natural Foods

1. RAW FOODS: Fresh, organically grown raw fruits and vegetables are always best. Enjoy nutritious variety of juices, garden salads, sprouts and raw nuts and seeds.

2. VEGETABLE and ANIMAL PROTEINS:

a. Legumes, lentils, brown rice, soybeans, tofu, beans.

b. Nuts and seeds, raw and unsalted.

c. Animal protein (if you must) – hormone-free meats, liver, kidney, brain, heart, poultry, seafood. Please eat these proteins sparingly or it’s best to enjoy the healthier vegetarian diet. You can bake, roast, wok or broil these proteins. Eat meat no more than 1 to 2 times a week.

d. Dairy products – eggs (fertile, fresh), unprocessed hard cheese, goat’s cheese and certified raw milk. We choose not to use dairy products. Try the healthier soy, nut (almond, etc.) and Rice Dream non-dairy products.

Toxic chemical fertilizers whenever possible; ask your market to stock organic produce. Steam, bake, sauté or wok veggies for as short a time as possible to retain the best nutritional content and flavor. Also enjoy fresh juices.

3. FRUITS and VEGETABLES: Organically grown is always best – grown without the use of poisonous sprays and

4. 100% WHOLE GRAIN CEREALS, BREADS and FLOURS: They contain important B-complex vitamins, vitamin E, minerals and the important unsaturated fatty acids.

5. COLD or EXPELLER-PRESSED VEGETABLE OILS: Virgin Olive Oil, soy, sunflower, flax and sesame oils are excellent sources of healthy, essential, unsaturated fatty acids; but it’s wise not to overdo oils.

THE MIRACLES OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

FOR A STRONGER, LONGER, HEALTHIER LIFE

The old adage is true: "An apple a day helps keep the doctor away."

• Helps maintain a youthful, vibrant body

• Helps fight germs and bacteria naturally

• Helps retard the onset of old age in humans, pets and farm animals

• Helps regulate calcium metabolism

• Helps keep blood the right consistency

• Helps regulate women's menstruation

• Helps normalize the urine, thus relieving the frequent urge to urinate

• Helps digestion and assimilation

• Helps relieve sore throats, laryngitis and throat tickles and cleans out toxins

• Helps sinus, asthma and flu sufferers to breathe easier and more normally

• Helps maintain healthy skin, soothes sunburn • Helps prevent itching scalp, dry hair and baldness, and banishes dandruff

• Helps fight arthritis and removes crystals and toxins from joints, tissues and organs

• Helps control and normalize weight

Our sincere blessings to you, dear friends, who make our lives so worthwhile and fulfilled by reading our teachings on natural living as our Creator laid down for us to follow. He wants us to follow the simple path of natural living. Our prayers reach out to you and your loved ones for the best in health and happiness. We must follow the laws He has laid down for us, so we can reap this precious health physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually!

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Preventing coronary heart disease

RA and Heart Attacks: 10 Ways to Protect Your Heart

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Avoid These Processed, Refined, Harmful Foods

Once you realize the harm caused to your body by unhealthy refined, chemicalized, deficient foods, you’ll want to eliminate these “killer” foods. Also avoid micro waved foods. 

Refined sugar , artificial sweeteners (aspartame) or their products such as jams, jellies, preserves, marmalades, yogurts, ice cream, sherbets, Jello, cake, candy, cookies, chewing gum, soft drinks, pies, pastries, tapioca puddings and all sugared fruit juices and fruits canned in sugar syrup. (Health Stores have healthy, delicious replacements, so seek and buy the best and enjoy!)

White flour products such as white bread, wheat-white bread, enriched flours, rye bread that has white flour in it, dumplings, biscuits, buns, gravy, pasta, pancakes, waffles, soda crackers, pizza, ravioli, pies, pastries, cakes, cookies, prepared and commercial puddings and ready-mix bakery products. Also most are made with dangerous (oxy-cholesterol) powdered milk and powedered eggs.

Salted foods, such as corn chips, potato chips, pretzels, crackers and nuts.

Refined white rices and pearled barley.

Fast fried foods.

Indian ghee.

Refined, sugared (also, aspartame), dry processed cereals – cornflakes etc.

Foods that contain olestra, palm and cottonseed oil. These additives are not fit for human consumption and should be 100% avoided .

Peanuts and peanut butter that contains hydrogenated, hardenedoils and any mold that can cause allergies.

Margarine – combines heart-deadly trans-fatty acids and saturated fats.

Saturated fats and hydrogenated oils – enemies that clog the arteries.

Coffee, decaffeinated coffee, China black tea and all alcoholic beverages. Also all caffeinated and sugared juice, cola and soft drinks.

Fresh pork, pork products.

Fried, fatty, greasy meats.

Irridated foods.

Smoked meats, such as ham, bacon, sausage and smoked fish.

Luncheon meats, hot dogs, salami, bologna, corned beef, pastrami and packaged meats containing dangerous sodium nitrate or nitrite.

Dried fruits containing sulphur dioxide – a toxic preservative.

Don’t eat chickens or turkeys that have been injected with hormones or fed with commercial poultry feed containing any drugs or toxins.

Canned soups - read labels for sugar, starch, flour and preservatives.

Foods containing benzoate of soda, salt, sugar, cream of tartar and any additives, drugs, preservatives; irradiated and genetically grown foods.

Day-old cooked vegetables, potatoes and pre-mixed, wilted salads.

All commercial pasteurized, filtered, distilled, white, malt and synthetic vinegars are the dead vinegars! (We use only our Bragg Organic Raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with the "mother" as used in olden times.)

Healthy Lifestyle Eating Habits

You need to learn not only what to leave out of your diet, but also, as importantly, what you should put into it. You will find that you can nourish your body without sacrificing meal-time enjoyment once you understand the basic health principles of proper nourishment. This knowledge will show you the elements your body needs to build develop and live healthily as it was meant to do naturally. Combinations of healthful foods packed with vital nutrients are abundant worldwide.

The first step, of course, is to get into the habit of eating for health. Such a habit is not difficult to form. Although the instinctive sense of food selection has been submerged with all the advertising of the popular fast, junk foods, etc. You have to be strong minded! Like any other ability or skill, a healthy lifestyle must be kept constantly in practice or its powers will deteriorate. Only by exercising this natural health instinct and desire can we revive and strengthen our health.

Bad Nutrition – #1 Cause of Sickness - “Diet-related diseases account for 68% of all deaths.” – Dr. C. Everett Koop

America’s former Surgeon General and our friend, said this in his famous 1988 landmark report on nutrition and health in America. People don’t die of infectious conditions as such, but of malnutrition that allows the germs to get a foothold in sickly bodies. Also, bad nutrition is usually the cause of non-infectious, fatal or degenerative conditions. When the body has its full vitamin and mineral quota, including precious potassium, it’s almost impossible for germs to get a foothold in a healthy, powerful bloodstream and tissues!

What a person eats becomes his own body chemistry.

Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings. – P. Syrus

Proper Nutrition for Rejuvenation & Fitness

Degenerative diseases stem from breakdowns within the body, not attacks from outside, although the latter may occur secondarily as a result of weakened defenses. Since degenerative diseases arise within our bodies because of some lack of a vital element or substances, our safest course is to reinforce our defenses with those nutrients which will build our powers of resistance. Your body is like a fortress. Although people may look alike on the outside, the inside determines their strengths and weaknesses. Well-marshaled forces within a fortress can repel an enemy, while poorly organized forces will succumb. Let’s build our inner strength so we will be impervious to all deadly enemies of the body!

Don’t Clog Arteries with Fats & Bad Foods

As poisons accumulate in your body, it becomes impossible to have smooth, flexible arteries through which your oxygen-enriched blood can flow freely. The toxins, tars and chemicals from unhealthy foods and 150 saturated fats and tobacco, tea, coffee and colas, leave a poisonous residue on the arteries. Not only do these fats and poisons clog your arteries, but the tobacco, coffee, tea, alcohol and cola drinks are also unhealthy stimulants to the heart. The heart has a natural rhythm which it can maintain indefinitely under most normal conditions. When you use these harsh stimulants, you actually whip and beat your heart into unnatural activity causing it to be overworked and overstressed.

Beware of “Killer” Foods

If drink can kill - so can food! Don’t dig your grave with your knife and fork! To have a heart that is fit, your blood chemistry must be healthy and balanced. The 5 to 6 quarts of blood in your body must have all of the 60 nutrients that build and maintain a powerful, fit heart.

Years ago people did not need to know what to leave out of their diet. That was because the only foods that they had to eat were those produced by Mother Nature. These foods were not robbed of their natural elements like today’s foods that are processed and preserved and embalmed by the greedy food industry to stay fresh.

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Mediterranean Diet by Dr Oz

MAYO CLINIC - Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan

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No One Need Suffer Heartburn

If the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, then heartburn (acid indigestion) is the end of the romance. Heartburn is a much misunderstood condition that has been written about since Roman times. First, it has little to do with the heart. Second, it has little to do with spicy or acidic foods. It is caused when the stomach’s contents back up into the lower throat (the esophagus). These powerful stomach acids, which are stronger and more acidic than even the spiciest of foods, burn the sensitive walls lining the esophagus.

Apple Cider Vinegar Relieves Heartburn

It is vitally important that you don’t join the millions of Americans who regularly take a variety of antacids, seltzers, etc. These over-the-counter medications neutralize stomach acids which only further throws off a digestive process already out of balance. You must reduce the amount of fat in your diet because fatty foods cause stomach acids to back up into the esophagus. Also, don’t dilute your precious digestive juices by drinking water, juices and herbal teas with your meals. Make it a habit to enjoy beverages between (not during) meals.

When it comes to good digestion, you must practice good posture - sit up tall and straight, lifting up your chest with your shoulders slightly back. This will keep your esophagus, stomach and intestines properly aligned and will not crowd your vital machinery. Most importantly remember your stomach has no teeth! You must chew each and every mouthful of food slowly and thoroughly to a pulp (Fletcherizing) that slides down easily. This helps insure a painless, healthy digestion of your meal.

Dr. Gabriel Cousins, famous author of Conscious Eating, treats his patient’s heartburn with simple sips of 3 teaspoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar before meals. Dr. Cousins says: Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is the #1 food I recommend to maintain the body’s acid-alkaline balance which is so important!

Olive Oil – Mediterranean’s Tasty Heart Treat

Olives have been used for centuries. Not only are they eaten and used on foods and in cooking, but olive oil is used for ointments, body lotion and in many other ways. In 400 B.C. Hippocrates, the Greek physician (the father of medicine) wrote about the great curative properties of olive oil he called the great therapeutic. He also told of the powerful cleansing and healing properties of apple cider vinegar. www.oliveoilsource.com

The words of Hippocrates still hold true today. In 1994, the Lyon Diet Heart Study wanted to find out why the people of the Mediterranean region had much less heart disease than Americans and Northern Europeans. The answer was found in the characteristic diet of the region. Spanish, Italians, Greeks and Portugueses share a diet that is much lower in saturated fats than the diet of those regions with high rates of heart disease. The dietary fat of the Mediterranean residents is primarily olive oil.

The Lyon Diet Heart Study (For more on this study see website: http://deliciousliving.com/fats-amp-oils/golden-oldie) and other European research has found that olive oil offers great cardiovascular rewards. After 2 years, people who decreased their fat intake and ate most of the remaining fat in the form of olive oil had a 76% decrease in new heart trouble. The greatest reduction was angina pains and non-fatal heart attacks.

Olive oil beneficially influences cardiovascular health by reducing cholesterol levels. It helps protect and strengthen the digestive system by providing the body with polyphenols (powerful antioxidant compounds). Don’t let this delicious, healthy gift of Mother Nature pass you by! Make Bragg Organic Olive Oil a part of your diet. Dr. Julian Whitaker says it’s the best for the heart.

Nutritionist has been studying the Mediterranean diet for the last 20 years and has found that the residents have a very low incidence of heart disease. With the recent discovery of “good” cholesterol (HDL), scientists have begun to understand why people from the Mediterranean area have a very healthy cholesterol balance, despite their high consumption of olive oil. This is because olive oil helps stimulate body’s production of “good” HDL that helps the body limit the buildup of substances that block arteries, causing heart disease.

Folic Acid Helps Protect the Blood

Folic acid plays a vital role in the smooth functioning of a healthy body. Long revered as a brain food, it’s needed for growth of red and white blood cells and the body’s energy production. Deficiencies of folic acid and also B6 and B12 can lead to serious conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, immune system problems and dangerously high homocysteine levels. Two must-read books by Kilmer S. McCully, M.D. The Homocysteine Revolution and The Heart Revolution educate the reader about the deadly toxic effects of high homocysteine levels and the tragic results to the cardiovascular system.

High Homocysteine Levels Cause Heart & Osteoporosis Problems

High homocysteine levels can damage cells that line the blood vessel walls, setting the stage for future cardiovascular disease and increasing problems with diabetes, osteoporosis and kidney diseases. When having a physical, be sure to ask for a blood panel test that includes homocysteine levels. Dr. McCully says the safest and best levels are 6-8 mcm/L. Dr. White agrees.

For every 10% rise in homocysteine levels, there’s an equal risk of developing severe coronary disease and osteoporosis. In patients with heart disease, the risk of death 4 to 5 years after diagnosis, was related to the amount of homocysteine in the plasma. Everyone produces this substance naturally, a product of protein metabolism. The homocysteine levels rise when the body is sluggish and fail to convert it to non-damaging amino acids, then they dangerously accumulate in the blood.

In most cases, therapy with various B vitamins and a healthy lifestyle menu of fresh fruits and vegetables offers the B vitamins necessary to reduce high homocysteine levels. But a “normal” American diet doesn’t supply enough B vitamins to adequately detoxify homocysteine. This has been scientifically documented by Dr. McCully.

High homocysteine blood levels (safe - 6-8 mcm/L) and dietary deficiencies of vitamins (B6, B12, folic acid and CoQ10) are underlying causes of heart, osteoporosis, diabetes and kidney diseases. - Kilmer S. McCully, M.D. (www.homocysteine.com)

B Vitamins & Folic Acid Are Heart Protectors

Dr. Kilmer S. McCully pioneered the Homocycsteine Revolution and here are more positive facts: high homocysteine levels are easily corrected in most people with B-vitamins. B-6, B-12 and folic acid that helps reduce homocysteine levels in the blood. This is especially important for those who are at risk for cardiovascular problems, because 1 in every 3 people with cardiovascular disease has dangerously high levels of homocysteine. Godfrey Oakley, M.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says there is strong evidence from over 200 studies that increased consumption of folic acid (from foods or supplements) will prevent cardiovascular disease.

In addition to supplements, folic acid is found in dates, nutritional yeast, brown rice, mushrooms and more as the list shows. Folic acid works best taken with vitamin C and vitamins B6 and B12.

Some doctors prescribe short-term relief to sufferers of angina with nitroglycerin nitrolingual spray and digitalis (foxglove) medications. Both increase blood flow to the heart, but in different ways. The former relaxes the veins, increasing blood supply to the heart. The latter makes the heart muscles contract more forcefully. It’s important to keep in mind that these merely offer temporary relief. 

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