As many of you have heard heart disease is reversible without medication. Don’t believe me? Since the ground breaking research done by Dr. Dean Ornish, MD in 1990 more and more people are understanding that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is a primary cause for the degeneration of our overall health and in particular the foundation for heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2006 heart disease caused 26% of deaths—more than one in every four—in the United States.In 2010, heart disease cost the United States $316.4 billion. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity. It is possible to reverse heart disease as we have seen in Dr. Ornish’s Programs. To read more about his work go to: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=diet&dbid=5
Here are 4 things you can do today to reverse heart disease:
1. Reduce your LDL and Increase HDL through the use of virgin coconut oil (in moderation)
2. Eliminate heating Polyunsaturated fats like soy, corn, safflower and canola
3. Increase your intake of bioflavinoids and antioxidants found in superfoods such as goji berries, cocoa and tocotrienols
4. Increase stress reducing activities such as prayer and meditation
*for a great source of superfoods go towww.superfood.com
One reason the polyunsaturates cause so many health problems is that they tend to become oxidized or rancid when subjected to heat, oxygen and moisture as in cooking and processing. Rancid oils contain free radicals which attack cell membranes and red blood cells, causing damage in the DNA/RNA strands! This results in mutations of cells and premature aging. Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon
From her book Heal Your Body Louise L. Hays gives suggestions on how to awaken within you the ability to contribute to your own healing process. She advises to pick an aliment or problem and read affirmations associated with those problems to help eliminate them. Read the affirmation(s) for thirty days and see how your body feels.
The Problem Heart
Probable Cause Longstanding emotional problems. Lack of Joy. Hardening of the heart. Belief in strain and stress
New Thought Pattern
Joy. Joy. Joy. I lovingly allow joy toflow
through my mind and body and experience.
The Heart has the Strongest Frequency
We have five occilating (moving) organ systems in our body. The main three are our heart, lungs and our brain. According to the Heartmath Institute, when we go into our heart (which is to FEEL compassion, gratitude, appreciation or love), and we hang out there for 5 minutes, all of our organ systems align with the heart's frequency. Science calls this entrainment. It's when we are at peace. If we hang out there for 5 more minutes it raises our seritonin (the feel good neurotransmitter) for 6-8 hours! It also raises the immune function for about 6 hours.
SO IF YOU WANT TO FEEL GOOD & SUPPORT YOUR HEALTH, GO INTO YOUR HEART.
You can go to www.judyaliu.com, and under the tools section you can download the breath tool, which is a way to get to your heart.Judy Hubbard-Liu, LMFT, and Certified Life Coach
Recipe of the month
Cacao Hemp Latte
This recipe is lovely when you are craving something chocolaty and warm during the winter months. Make a “latte” with hemp milk and superfoods. This recipe is delicious, easy to make and heart-healthy due to magnesium-rich cacao!
1/3 cup hemp seeds
4 cups hot water
1 tsp maca
1 tsp vanilla powder
1 Tbsp tocotrienols
2-3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
¼ cup agave nectar or raw honey
Blend hemp seeds with water until frothy. Blend in the rest of the ingredients and adjust flavors to your liking. Top with a sprinkling of cinnamon and cayenne for extra spicy-ness. Jenn Shultz, Raw Food Chef