Holistic Approach to Heart Disease

The holistic approach to health is based on the belief that the body can heal itself if given the right tools. Heart Disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. The holistic approach to Heart Disease is to focus on diet and nutrition, exercise, stress reduction and energy healing and vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements. The holistic approach to Heart Disease focuses on reducing cholesterol levels, stop smoking, and bringing blood pressure and weight down to normal levels

With respect to Heart Disease, it is important to maintain a healthy weight and to end obesity and smoking. It is important to reduce body fat (measured as BMI) to acceptable levels. The holistic approach to achieve this is through diet, exercise, stress reduction and natural supplements.

For Heart Disease, a high nutrient diet is recommended. This consists of a diet primarily of whole fresh vegetables, fruit and berries (with some, but very little, nuts and seeds). These foods contain a lot of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Limit starchy vegetables such as white potatoes. For protein, consider plant based proteins (from foods such as broccoli, spinach, chorella and spirulina. Try bee pollen for protein. If you want to eat animal protein, stick with egg whites and fish. Look into protein/amino acid supplements.

Avoid trans-fats, refined vegetable oils and animal-based saturated fats (i.e., meat, dairy and eggs). For fats, eat plant-based fats (such as coconut, avocados, nuts and seeds) and unrefined plant-based oils (such as extra virgin olive oil and extra virgin coconut oil). But, limit even plant based fats because they are highly caloric. At least 80% of the diet should consist of whole, fresh, non-starchy vegetables. Organic and raw vegetables are best. Whole fresh vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and fiber so needed by the body.

Avoid refined sugar and starches and processed foods, soda and sugary drinks and artificially sweetened drinks. Processed foods often contain a lot of sodium, refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup (and other refined sugars and starches) along with trans-fats and other fats. These ingredients are the primary culprits in raising cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

Consume good fats included in extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil, flaxseed oil, hemp oil, seeds, nuts, avocados and coconuts. Organic is best. Consume whole vegetables, fruit and berries fresh and raw to maximize nutrients (i.e., in salads and fresh juices). Lightly cooking and steaming vegetables is fine. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale along with beets, broccoli, sprouts and mushrooms are a good place to start. Consume super foods such as chlorella, spirulina, wheatgrass and garlic. They can be taken as supplements.Beets and tomatoes are especially good for heart health.

Grains, nuts and seeds are good for heart health. Limit grains to whole grains such as kasha, quinoa, barley and brown rice.

Do not refined table salt. Substitute unrefined sea salt and Himalayan salt for refined table salt.

For Heart Disease, it is important to take natural supplements. These supplements include good sized doses of vitamin a, b-complex, c, d3, e, k1 and k2 along with full spectrum colloidal trace minerals supplements. While all vitamins and trace minerals are important for good health, vitamin D and potassium, magnesium and calcium are most important for good heart health.

Also, take good sized doses of Omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 fatty acids (fish oil/flaxseed oil/hemp oil) supplements and turmeric or curcumin, cayenne pepper. garlic, lechtin, ginseng, gingko biloba and very large doses of Co q 10 or Ubiquinol and grape seed extract. Also beneficial for heart health: lycopene, lutein, quercetin, beta glucan, black cumin seed supplements, resveratrol, Alpha Lipoic Acid, L Carnitine, Lysene, L Proline, L Taurine, Pantethine, L Arginine, L Citrulline, Berberine and Jiaogulan (a Chinese herb for heart health) supplements. Pycogenol and Indian gooseberry all help boost nitric oxide levels in the body, which the body uses to repair artery walls and for overall heart healt. Also good for heart health are flavanoids, garlic, full spectrum amino acid supplements, silica supplements, ormus/monoatomic gold and colloidal gold and silver. Holistic research indicates the benefits of acetyl-l-carnitine, lecithin, plant sterols and hawthorn extract for heart health. Also, holistic research indicates the benefits of N-acetly cysteine (NAC) to help replenish cellular glutathione to fight disease.All of these supplements along with vitamins and trace minerals fight oxidation and inflammation at the cellular level. Heart Disease involves cellular oxidation and inflammation, so it must be fought with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammation supplements.

Holistic research indicates the benefits of the following supplements to lower bad LDL cholesterol and raise good HDL cholesterol: beta sisterol, pycogenol, alpha lipoic acid, beta glucan, gamma linolenic acid, quercetin, red yeast rice, phytosterosis, coleus forskholii/forskolin, cardamom, hawthorn, olive leaf extract and alpha linolenic acid.

Chronic high blood pressure leads to heart disease. Holistic research indicates the benefits of the following to lower blood pressure: celery seed extract, cardomom, niacin, potassium, magnesium, calcium, olive leaf extract, gingko biloba, cinnamon, garlic, ginger and hawthorn along with stress reduction.

Pomegrante seeds and juice help with high blood pressure and LDL cholesterol problems.

Holistic research indicates the benefits of ozone/oxygen therapy combined with the other holistic techniques.

Get reflexology and energy cleansing and healing (Reiki/energy healing) to cleanse and heal the energy body (aura, chakras, meridians and nadis) and to get your energy to flow better. With respect to Heart Disease, it is especially important to cleanse and heal the heart chakra and meridians.

Detoxify the liver and kidneys with chelation therapy, milk thistle and dandelion supplements along with hot water with whole fresh lemon and sea salt and cilantro.

Exercise is important. Do daily cardio exercises and lift light weights. At the very least, walk briskly for a few miles per day (ideally with weights in your hands) and lift light weights. Get your heart rate up while exercising.

To improve circulation, take co-q 10/ubiquinol, lycopene, lutein, cayenne pepper, gingko biloba and fish oil, krill oil, flaxseed oil and/or hemp oil. Also, beets and tomatoes are good for circulation.

Stress reduction is very important to reduce blood pressure.

Natural supplements that help reduce stress and relax the body include valerian root, b12 vitamins, holy basil, hawthorn and magnesium, dark chocolate, kava kava and chamomile.

Exercise, stretching and yoga are important to reduce stress and get energy to flow through the body to help heal it. Daily meditation and deep breathing exercises are also important to relieve stress. Essential oils help reduce stress. These include rose and floral essential oils and lavender and vanilla.

Take hot salt baths with lavender in them. This helps relieve stress. Work with healing crystals. Crystals that help promote inner peace and calm include fluorite and angel light. Crystals that help promote health include citrine and green aventurine. In addition, gold will help balance your energy. Hold these crystals and gold in your hand when you meditate and carry them in your pockets.

Stress and negativity often lead to heart disease including conditions such as anxiety and depression. To reduce stress, it is important to minimize stress factors. Reduce conflict and drama in your life and negative and impulsive reaction to situations. Avoid and/or build strong boundaries with negative and toxic people. It is important to avoid stressful environments and situations. Your focus must be to maintain your health, energy and inner peace while healing.

Most stress comes from our thoughts and emotions. To reduce stress in our lives, we must asset control over our thoughts and emotions and choose peace of mind, happiness and inner peace. This requires us to let go of the painful past and negative and painful incidents and stop ourselves from thinking about them. It is important to not suppress negative emotions, but rather to let them go. Forgive, detach, let go and release and return to peace of mind and inner peace. Stay heart centered and in the moment and experience the moment in your heart and senses and not in your thoughts.

Meditation is important to get the mind and body to relax and get us out of a state of stress and negativity. Reiki and energy healing, along with emotional release techniques and massage are also important to reduce stress and negativity. They, along with meditation and deep breathing techniques, will help get the mind and body to relax. When you are in a relaxed, positive and happy state, energy flows through you more freely. This is the best medicine of all.

Take time each day to de-stress and relax. Lie down and do deep breathing exercises into the heart and focus only on your breath. Meditate and pray from the heart each day, even if it is only for a few minutes.

Be mindful of your thoughts, acts, speech and reactions. If they get negative, return to inner peace, balance, positivity and happiness as soon as possible. Do not hold onto negativity and do not suppress it. This is stressful. Instead, through visualizations, meditation, deep breathing and prayer, flush out negativity and stress and let it go.

A lot of stress comes when we judge others or try to control them and when we do not forgive them. This often leads to conflict and stress along with ongoing negative thoughts and emotions, and a negative inner voice. Be mindful of these thoughts, stop them and let go. Understand that you cannot change or control others. So, accept them for who they are. If they cause you stress, then avoid them and/or build strong boundaries with them.

Take control of your thoughts and move them from negative to positive thoughts, from uncontrolled and unfocused, to controlled and focused. Positive thoughts are focused on the details and processes of positive activities- work, errands, hobbies, day-to day matters. They come from the middle of your forehead, a location where you assert control over them. Also, heart disease is often accompanied with depression and/or anxiety. There are holistic approaches to depression and anxiety too.

Negative thoughts lead to negative speech, a negative inner voice and negative acts. All this generates stress and negativity. Negative thoughts stem from negative and rigid beliefs. Change your beliefs from negative to positive through positive affirmations. Open your mind and let go of rigid beliefs. This will help alleviate stress.

Spiritual prayer from the heart is important to reduce stress. This brings us peace of mind and inner peace. Pray to the Divine from your heart daily. Give praise and thanks to the Divine, ask for forgiveness, and ask for protection and blessings. Recite in your heart the powerful prayers of your faith. With your eyes closed, offer all negativity to the Divine and ask the Divine to lift all this from you. Visualize that you are offering up this negative bundle with your eyes closed and feel it lift from you.

Grounding is important to do to fully focus your mind and to be in the moment. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed and your feet firmly planted on the ground. Take off your shoes. Visualize that roots or laser beams shoot out from your feet and into the earth, going all the way to the center of the earth. Visualize that they anchor you firmly to the earth. Visualize that you draw the energy of the earth in through the soles of your feet and up your body.

Improve your posture and center yourself. Center yourself in the middle of your heart and the middle of your forehead and stand or sit straight. Posture is important. Negative thoughts and a negative inner voice come in when we are un-focused and slouching. Visualize a big white sun where your heart is located. Close your eyes and put your hand over your heart and shift your consciousness and energy to that spot. Alternatively, visualize an orb of white light above your head and below your feet and visualize that a beam of white light shoots out from the orbs and the light beams meet at the center of your body. With respect to centering in the middle of your forehead, put your fingers on your forehead and shift your energy and consciousness there. Center and focus. To fortify your ability to center and focus, do directed or seed mediation set forth above. Negative thoughts and a negative inner voice come from the sides and back of the head. Therefore, centering your energy and consciousness in the middle of your forehead is important to still the negative thoughts and negative inner voice. Be mindful of negative thoughts and a negative inner voice. When they come, switch to positive thoughts and images, positive affirmations, deep breathing exercises, centering yourself and staying focused in the moment. Live in the moment and your senses and not in your thoughts. Thoughts tend to always go negative when we live in them. Stop angry thoughts about the pai

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Your Wellness Prescription

The vast majority of the workshops I am asked to conduct throughout Canada and the U.S.A. have to do with humor and wellness. It is quite obvious to me that a huge number of people in education, business, the professions and in private life are unwell and want to do something to improve the situation.

There was a survey done here in Canada within the past year, the results of which were interesting. There was an overwhelming consensus, among those surveyed, that stress was the leading cause of their unwellness. When polled as to the source of their stress 14 percent said, their children, 22 percent said, finances and 45 percent indicated, their work. What was more disturbing was the fact that 10 percent of those surveyed admitted to considering doing physical harm to their supervisors. 25 percent of respondents agreed that stress is having a serious negative impact on their sex life.

When you analyse the results of this survey with an awareness of the fact that depression, anxiety, worry and fear are plaguing people everywhere we see a serious need for wellness.

Let me briefly outline the basics of wellness for you with the encouragement to commit yourself to creating your own individual program. The important word here is commitment. Do it and stick to it!

* Humor: Learn to laugh… A LOT! The physical and psycho-social benefits of laughter are clear. Live better, laugh more. Laughter, if not the best medicine, is certainly very good medicine.

* Attitude: Behaviour is attitude in action. Positive attitudes result in positive behaviour while negative attitudes result in negative behaviour. When you change your attitude, you can change your life. Develop positive attitudes and you begin to live in the brilliance of the healthy emotions they produce.

* Relaxation: Learn the restorative art of positive relaxation. Make time each day to rest your mind and body completely for, at least, 20 minutes. You can relax sitting in a chair or lying down. Just do it. You begin by closing your eyes and taking three, deep, slow breaths. As your exhale feel and visualize your body and mind letting go and peace and tranquillity rushing in and dwelling within you.

* Exercise: Get moving, physically. Start by going for a walk. Gradually increase the time, distance and speed of your walk. I like the old saying, “In the morning work awhile. In the afternoon rest awhile and after dinner walk a mile? Walking has been called nature’s tranquillizer for good reason. Great things happen when we go for a walk. As your fitness improves you might want to include other exercises. This is fine, providing you check it out with your family doctor first.

*Diet: People in North America today are overfed, undernourished and overweight. We consume far too much sugar, fat, and empty carbohydrates. When you combine this with increased stress and lack of exercise it becomes clear why we aren’t well. Something as simple as cutting down on non-nourishing foods and increasing the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables we consume can be a good first step towards wellness. At present, I am trying to eat three nourishing meals a day and that’s it. If I do get the urge for a snack I am trying to make it fruit. Notice I use the word trying. When I fail I don’t beat myself up, I just start trying all over again. It is important to be moving in the direction. of wellness.

In your entire wellness program remember that it isn’t perfection that we are trying to achieve, its improvement. We don’t want to become so fixated on wellness that our quest for wellness becomes a health problem. “There is

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