Cardiovascular Health: Heart to Heart :

Updated: Sep 9, 2021


Have you ever wondered why you're suddenly getting heart palpitations or you know somebody in your family who has hypertension or any cardiovascular symptoms?

Or maybe you are living a stressfull lifestyle and you would like to pre-empt any future cardiovascular issues.

Has nature got any solutions?


Are there any self help techniques that are useful? What about homeopathy?

When addressing heart conditions you have to look at both the mechanical and the mental emotional condition of the person.


Some of the causes of heart disease

  1. Stress related

  2. Trauma

  3. Thyroid conditions

  4. Endocrine/Hormone Imbalance.

  5. Menopause

  6. Lifestyle choices

  7. Side Effects from some medicines.


What We can do to Help Ourselves:

Exercise 30 minutes walk a day plus Cardiovascular exercise.

Just 30 minutes of exercise every morning may be as effective as medication at lowering blood pressure for the rest of the day. A study in the new scientist found that a short burst of treadmill walking each morning had long-lasting effects, and there were further benefits from additional short walks later in the day. You may have physical challenges and you can't do strenuous exercises. Did you know breathing exercises are also good for the heart? I learnt about Pranayama Yoga from my Lovely Yoga friend Anna @ https://www.annaferlayoga.co.uk/.


This has worked for me as a stress relief: 4-7-8 breathing technique where you inhale through your nose for a count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Exhale completely through your mouth making a whoosh sound for a count of eight. This completes one cycle. And continue as many times until you feel calmer. Breathing yoga techniques and mindful meditation helps bring us back into the present.



Stress Related Trauma : Talking therapies are helpful. Good friends to talk to can also help.

Homeopathic remedies such as Aconite for shock, Ignatia or Nat mur for grief for example may help ease the acute trauma/ shock . Homeopathy gently brings about balance.


Nutrition, Nutrition, Nutrition!

For Cardiovascular /Hypertension?/ High blood Pressure.

Any Heart Disease a balanced diet plus a properly formulated multivitamin is a good start. to address the mechanical issues of the heart.


Beneficial Micronutrients for Cardiovascular Health

Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, B12

Vitamin C Magnesium

Vitamin D Potassium

Vitamin E Selenium

Vitamin K Silicon

Calcium Omega 3

Choline Omega 6

Chromium CoQ10

Copper


Paying particular attention to some Micronutrients May help alleviate Cardiovascular symptoms.



Potassium Rich Foods:



Insufficient levels of potassium, calcium and magnesium have been shown to cause high blood pressure. Make an effort to consume potassium rich foods. Below are some examples of plants that contain Potassium. Salmon, Tuna, Poultry and beef also contain potassium.





  • Avocado Cooked spinach.

  • Steamed broccoli. Potatoes.

  • Sweet potatoes. Mushrooms.

  • Peas. Cucumbers.

  • Melons Bananas,

  • oranges grapefruit

  • some dried fruits, such as prunes, raisins, and dates, are also high in potassium)

  • Coconut Water ( For some drinking a glass of coconut water a day in the morning has helped reduce their blood pressure)

Magnesium Rich Foods:


Ever wondered why you sometimes crave chocolate??

But you have to go for the dark chocolate and then Nuts.....Cashew Almonds.....greens,

nuts, seeds beans, whole grains,

wheat germ, Oat bran....and more Avocado....






Foods Rich in CoQ10 :

CoQ10 (short for Coenzyme Q10) is an essential element for many daily functions and is required by every single cell in the body. As an antioxidant that protects cells from the effects of aging, CoQ10 has been used in medical practices especially for treating heart problems.


Although the body creates Coenzyme Q10, it doesn’t always do so consistently. Lack of CoQ10, or CoQ10 deficiency, is most commonly associated with the damaging effects of oxidative stress (also called free radical damage). CoQ10 deficiency is now believed to be associated with conditions like declining cognition, diabetes, cancer, fibromyalgia, heart disease and muscle conditions.

  • Organ meats: Heart, liver and kidney.

  • Some muscle meats: Pork, beef and chicken.

  • Fatty fish: Trout, herring, mackerel and sardine.

  • Vegetables: Spinach, cauliflower and broccoli.

  • Fruit: Oranges and strawberries.

  • Legumes: lentils and peanuts.

  • Cocoa (no sugar).

The more variety the better. Most individuals obtain sufficient amounts of CoQ10 through a balanced diet, but supplementation may be useful for those with a heart condition


Omega 3:

In a study In 2002, an analysis of data showed that omega-3 fatty acids reduces the risks of further harm in people who'd had a heart attack. The researchers randomly assigned around 11,000 people who'd had a heart attack to 1g a day of omega-3 fatty acids or a placebo for three-and-a-half years . This was shown to reduce cardiovascular mortality by 30%.


Omega 6

Higher levels of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) were associated with lower risk of stroke, heart disease, and even early death, according to a recent study in 2019. Omega-6 PUFAs are found in seeds and seed oils such as flaxseed and grapeseed.


Vitamin C


Research in Copenhagen in 2015 showed that high vitamin C concentrations in the blood from the intake of fruit and vegetables are associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and early death.

Word of Caution :if you are on statins, speak to your physician about increasing vitamin C levels as a dose over 200 milligrams may interfere with your medication.


Alpha Lipoic Acid

(ALA) has been identified as a powerful antioxidant found naturally in our diets, but appears to have increased functional capacity when given as a supplement .





Curcumin

Curcumin is helpful in heart health by reducing cholesterol oxidation plaque build up and clot formation.






Digestive Enzymes


These can assist with digestion and enhance micronutrient availability and absorption. Enzymes like

Bromelein - from pineapples,

Papain - from Papaya

Pepsin

Betaine


Probiotics /Prebiotics


People who consumed probiotics had an average reduction in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a reading) of about 3.6 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and an average reduction in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) of about 2.4 mm Hg, compared to those who did not consume probiotics.


Eating probiotic Fermented food on a daily basis is the best long term solution but as an intervention Probiotic supplementation will help.


Homeopathy & The Affairs of the Heart:

Homeopathy has so many useful remedies that can be prescribed if you are suffering from chronic palpitations, hypertension and any other cardiac symptoms.

What is at the heart of the matter?

* Working with a homeopath, to find the root cause of your symptoms will give you a longer term solution. Is it stress?

Could it be the thyroid or any other chronic condition that needs addressing?

Conditions of the heart have to be taken seriously and it is always a best to seek advice from your health practitioner.


Here are some first aid remedies you could try as you wait to see your health practitioner:


Arsenicum alb:

If the patient is experiencing a violent palpitation of the heart and the symptoms are worse after midnight. Palpitations are accompanied by nervous asthma, restlessness, and anxiety.


Ignatia:

Used when violent emotions or grief is causing acute palpitations.


Ferrum Phos:

Remedy is adapted to anaemic patients. Face changes colour frequently and is red at the beginning of the attack. These patients are often easily excited.


Benefits of Supplementation:

In order to make sure you are taking sufficient amounts of the different minerals, taking a well formulated multivitamin may be beneficial to you.

There is enough research to suggest that Vitamins and minerals taken in appropriate doses may aid in lowering heart disease risk.

Coenzyme Q10, Fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, Magnesium, Potassium B Vitamins and probiotics are all useful.


Please seek professional advice if you are on statins or any other medication. Always recommended to work closely with your Homeopath, Cardiologist or Endocrinologist to work out the cause of your heart condition particularly if you are on prescription medication.


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6088479/

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