“When a disease is lifestyle-induced, the only thing that can reverse it is a dramatic change in diet and lifestyle. We’ve seen over and over again that it works.”– Brenda Davis, RD
“There’s not an excess of blueberries in the American diet; there’s an excess of relatively inexpensive, highly processed junk foods in large containers.”– Lisa McDowell
- Leafy Greens flush out excess sodium and magnesium, and reduce inflammation.
- Berries improve circulation by boosting nitric oxide, which expands blood vessels.
- Pomegranate juice lowers blood pressure and reduces plaque formation.
- Walnuts, peanuts, and almonds lower LDL, the “bad cholesterol.”
- Chia and flax seeds with omega-3 fatty acids lower triglycerides.
- Soy with anti-inflammatory isoflavones helps dilate blood vessels. “We could eat tofu, tempeh, miso, edamame, soy beans or even organic soy ‘veggie meats’ in place of red meat.
- Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant, lowers blood pressure and combats the side effects of statins.
- Garlic fresh can lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Exercise strengthens the endothelium, the innermost of an artery’s three layers, and produces nitric oxide, which helps keep arteries open and healthy. Getting the blood moving lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, and increases oxygen and nutrients to the body. Exercising outdoors provides additional benefits. Exposure to green spaces helped prevent metabolic syndrome.
- Mind-Body Stress Relief Therapies helps reduce stress from the heart and overall body by releasing negative energy that may have been blockages contributing to an imbalance in mental, emotional, and physical health. Mind-Body therapies include: music, dance, art, exercise, laughing, pet therapy, Qigong, Reiki, and Tai Chi.
- Don’t Smoke – If you’re a smoker, quitting allows the body to begin to heal, reducing the risk of coronary artery disease after one year by 50 percent, reports the AHA; 14 years later, the risk is the same as a non-smoker’s.