Let’s face it, cholesterol-lowering drugs, like statins and the newly approved PCSK9 inhibitors, are far from being magic bullets to lower your risk of dying from heart disease. In fact, some experts believe that too low cholesterol levels can actually increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Heart disease is primarily the result of unhealthy and poor lifestyle choices and it’s rather ridiculous that the mainstream has reduced it down to a cholesterol problem — especially since your body needs cholesterol and it is essential for our bodies to function properly.
Instead of turning cholesterol into villain number one, the mainstream needs to change their entire approach to preventing heart disease by focusing on eliminating (or at least reducing) chronic inflammation in our bodies by promoting an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.
Here are 10 heart-healthy lifestyle changes that will not only help reduce inflammation but most certainly will reduce your risk of heart disease without the need to take side effect-ridden cholesterol-lowering drugs:
- Replace heart disease-promoting processed foods — laden with refined sugar and carbohydrates, high fructose corn syrup and trans-fats — with whole, unprocessed foods, ideally fresh organic, and locally grown.
- Avoid meats and other animal products (like dairy and eggs) that are mass produced. These animal products are likely to be laced with antibiotics and growth hormones. Instead, source your meat and dairy products that comply with free-range and organic standards.
- Avoid no-fat and low-fat food products. These contain hidden sugars, which raises your LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol levels. Increase your consumption of healthy fats, including saturated fats found in meat, dairy, cheese, avocados, butter, eggs, coconuts and coconut oil, nuts and nut oils.
- Balance your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. These essential fatty acids help build the cells in your arteries that make the prostacyclin that keeps your blood flowing smoothly. Omega-3 deficiency can cause or contribute to very serious health problems, both mental and physical, and may be a significant underlying factor of many premature deaths each year. To read more about how statin drugs can affect the benefits of omega-3 fats, click here:
- Calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium (taken in the right ratio together) help keep inflammation at bay and protect your heart in numerous ways. All of these are generally abundant in a whole food diet rich in fresh vegetables. Alternatively, to get more fresh vegetables into your diet, consider juicing.
- Optimise your vitamin D levels. Some experts believe optimising your vitamin D levels through regular sun exposure, as opposed to taking an oral supplement, may be key to improving your heart health. If you do opt for a supplement, you also increase your need for vitamin K2. Finding a combination supplement with vitamin D and K2 will benefit you the most.
- Take care of your gut health. As we age, in particular after the age of 35, our good gut bacteria become depleted. A daily supplement containing pre-and probiotics will not only help reseed your gut with beneficial bacteria, but it will also improve your digestion and optimise the absorption of nutrients, vitamins and minerals that all play an important role in preventing heart disease and countless other health problems.
- Quit smoking and reduce your alcohol consumption.
- In 2013, researchers reviewed 305 randomized controlled trials and concluded there were “no statistically detectable differences” between physical exercise and drugs when it comes to preventing heart disease. High-intensity interval training, which requires but a fraction of the time compared to conventional cardiovascular exercise, has been shown to be especially effective.
- Mounting evidence is linking the state of your teeth and gums to a variety of health issues, including heart disease. In one study, patients with the worst oral hygiene increased their risk of developing heart disease by 70 per cent, compared to those who brush their teeth twice a day.
- Avoid taking cholesterol-lowering statins. The side effects of these drugs are numerous and in many cases debilitating, while their benefits are debatable. If you are taking statins it is important to also take Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) to counteract the muscle damage and depletion statins cause. The best form of CoQ10 is called Ubiquinol.
Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy
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Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone’s personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.
FDA Approves Potentially Disastrous Cholesterol-Lowering Drug, published online 15.08.15, articles.mercola.com
Category: Heart Disease