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Heart disease and diseases of the circulatory system account for 1 in every 3 deaths in the UK annually. The reality is that so much of this is preventable if people would just adopt healthier dietary and lifestyle choices.There are many precursors to heart disease including high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, high homocysteine levels, obesity, poor nutrition, insufficient ...Read more exercise, excessive stress, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and diabetes.
Other cardiovascular/circulatory ‘issues’ can include low blood pressure, Raynaud’s syndrome, cold hands & feet…
Some dietary recommendations for good cardiovascular health include:
• avoid/eliminate ‘bad’ fats such as hydrogenated & trans fats
• avoid/limit your intake of saturated fats
• increase intake of ‘good’ fats such as omega oils (deep sea oily fish, flaxseed, hemp, nuts & seeds), coconut oil (virgin & organic)
• avoid white, refined carbohydrates instead increase nutrient-dense whole grains
• eat a broad range of vegetables and fruit that span the spectrum of the rainbow in colour, packed with phytonutrients, disease-fighting antioxidants, and fibre (ideally 8-10 servings per day)There are key nutrients for cardiovascular health including – essential fatty acids especially omega 3 fish oils; vitamins specifically B Vitamins, vitamin E & vitamin C; minerals especially magnesium; and amino acids (carnitine, taurine & arginine); Co Enzyme Q10 & antioxidants; and herbs such as hawthorn, ginkgo and garlic.
Lifestyle factors – stress reduction, fitness & exercise, weight loss (if relevant), smoking & addictions…
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