Cardiovascular system diseases like hypertension, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis and heart problems are the number one cause of death in the USA. A part of course is largely due to bad habits like smoking, junk food, fatty diet, sedentary lifestyle… but the major risk of heart disease remains the emotional and psychological factors or what cardiologists classified as Type A behavior pattern. Being always on the rush, stressed, worried, and anxious, holding anger, hostility, or grudge, feeling frustrated, oppressed and overwhelmed are main culprit in the condition. In our modern world, stress became a common denominator. It originates primarily from the autopilot state we are all running on, from a mindless attitude of living that led us to losing life meaning, motivation and drive. High occupational demands, lack of social support, increased individualistic mentality, competitiveness, disappearance of family ties and community networks are all adding to the deadly mix.
Data shows that the best predictor for heart attack isn’t, as pharmaceutical companies want us to believe, high cholesterol levels or hypertension; it isn’t even smoking or fatty food; instead, it’s job dissatisfaction!!!
Studies on Americans from Japanese origin who still kept their community spirit and supportive social system showed better physical health conditions, even if they shifted to ‘junk food’ diet, compared to their counterparts who aborted Japanese social traditions of love and support. That's why when I am discussing hypertension healing methods here, I cannot stress hard enough the importance of an overall supportive lifestyle and holistic approach to life:
· Practice regular aerobic exercise like walking and jogging at least 4 times a week for 20 minutes each time. Physical activity is proven to reduce stress, boost the mood and heal and strengthen the cardiovascular system.
· Get your share of appropriate relaxation and rest and synchronize your sleeping pattern with day and night cycle.
· Manage your stresses through a supportive community, family ties, hobbies, journaling...
· Purify your heart from anger or resentment, forgive yourself and others, send and receive love to your surroundings. Love is a major life saver.
Now concerning your diet:
· Eat lots of green leafy vegetables, fruits and raw vegetables. Have a big bowl of salad with your lunch and dinner.
· Avoid refined carbohydrates and simple sugar, instead consume more whole grains, beans and legumes for their high fiber and nutrients content.
· Apples, oat bran, asparagus, bananas, broccoli, cabbage, green leafy vegetables, raisins, squash, sweet potatoes, flaxseed oil and flax seed, olive oil, and garlic, all have great healing powers to the cardiovascular system and blood pressure. Include them regularly in your diet.
· Eat fish especially fatty fish like salmon, tuna and sardines at least twice a week for their omega 3 fatty acids content.
· Reduce your consumption of fatty food, red meat and deep fried foods.
· Reduce the salt in your diet as much as you can. Read the label for hidden salt and sodium in Soft drinks, monosodium glutamate (MSG), sugar substitutes, meat tenderizers, soy sauce…
Consult your physician about the use of useful supplements like essential Fatty acids (flaxseed oil, primrose oil, EPA), antioxidants (Selenium, vitamin A,C &E), Vitamin B complex, magnesium, potassium and Co enzyme Q10.