We’ve all seen or been told that the right products, proper diet, exercise and supplementation can turn back the hands of time and help us look, feel and act more youthful. Today, more than ever, we have the tools at our disposal to age gracefully and live longer. But what about when it comes to a serious, life threatening disease such as heart disease . . . the leading cause of death for both men and women? Is it also possible to prevent or reverse the wear and tear inside our bodies and change the outcome of a disease that is considered by many to be a death sentence?
According to research and anecdotal evidence, with the proper combination of lifestyle changes and medical guidance, it is possible to reverse the course of heart disease, even after a diagnosis and onset of symptoms, such as blockages in the arteries, pain, or reduced ability to pump blood through the body. In fact, many studies show that heart disease is completely preventable with a diet high in vegetables and low in processed foods and animal products. According to Dr. Dean Ornish, if people take away the foods that are causing damage to blood vessels and replace them with a heart healthy diet which includes phytonutrients, this will jumpstart the body’s natural healing process, reverse existing heart disease and restore quality of life!
In the past, aging and being at the mercy of the aging process was just normal, but with the latest advances in technology and science, we now know that we don’t have to stand by idly as our bodies resign themselves to aging. In fact, whether you have a healthy heart or whether you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease, you don’t have to face a future of medication, pain and surgery. Even though it’s still common practice to treat heart problems with stents, cholesterol medications or bypass surgeries, none of these medical treatments actually cure the underlying causes of the condition.
The sad fact is, many people in America begin to develop heart disease during childhood. That means that by the time people reach retirement age, their hearts have been working under full capacity for many years. The key, whether you are 20 or 65, is the begin making the significant changes now to prevent heart problems. If you already have been diagnosed with heart issues, there is still time to slow or reverse the damage, as studies have shown that plaque can be reversed, cholesterol lowered and blood flow restored, all without medications that carry severe side effects. Instead, eating a diet of vegetables, nutrients, nuts and beans, fish and low fat dairy, with the right amount of good fats, can work to restore the heart. Adding in regular exercise can further prevent or reverse heart damage. It takes planning and the ability to stick to a significantly different way of eating than most American diets, but the outcome is priceless…living long into your golden years with a strong, active heart.