Since it’s February (and Valentine’s Day) we’re going to conjure a familiar subject in this article and discuss… hearts. But not in terms of Cupid and boxes of chocolates and roses, rather in terms of the one that really, really matters – YOUR heart.
Believe it or not, heart disease is NOT a right of passage for growing older. We’ve known people who are resigned to the fact that a heart attack will be their end simply because “that’s how my dad went, and his dad too…”. While nothing can totally prevent any disease, it is now widely accepted in the medical community that eating a more plant-based, low-inflammatory diet can VASTLY reduce chances of many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease. Think about that for a moment… the #1 cause of death in the U.S. can largely be prevented? Even better – it can be reversed!! Keep reading…
Cardiovascular disease does not develop overnight, nor can it be cured overnight. It presents with many different symptoms and develops gradually, subtly over time. Conditions which fall under that umbrella include: hypertension, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), congestive heart failure, stroke, cardiac arrest, atherosclerosis, etc.
This is the part where we share the good news. Based on what we do (and do NOT) eat on a daily basis can have dramatically positive impact on our heart-health. The article linked here http://www.miamiherald.com/living/health-fitness/chew-on-this/article198170889.html refers to a recent JAMA publication which strongly correlates the relationship between chronic inflammation (overweight/obesity, stress, regular alcohol consumption, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, gut inflammation) and a diseases such as CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, cancer, diabetes, and dementia. Further, it shows that a more plant-based/low-inflammation diet can reverse such chronic stresses in our body and actually heal disease already in progress.
Beyond eliminating serious chronic diseases, some of the (immediate) changes people experience include:
- increased energy,
- better restful sleep,
- improved immune system,
- fewer doctor visits,
- improved mental acuity,
- loss of weight (closer to ideal weight),
- less absenteeism from work, improved moods…
So there’s ALLLLLL that upside and absolutely Z-E-R-O downside. That’s exactly why we’re encouraging all of you in our Blakely family circle to take this seriously and begin making the changes that are right for you.
- Add a walk to your daily routine.
- Focus on whole food, plant-based meals
- Try a fresh juice!!!
- Try new recipes – EAT YOUR VEGGIES.
- Avoid processed flour – stick to whole grains.
- Limit alcohol intake.
- Eat your breakfast – your mother was right (check out this recent article – Breakfast & Heart Health – Washington Post )