hardened arteries

  1. TV will turn your arteries hard

    One common habit that can harden your arteries

    Watch enough TV, and you're bound to see an ad for a funeral home urging you to make your burial arrangements in advance.

    Don't change the channel, because they're talking to you.

    Parking yourself in front of the boob tube is one of the worst things you could do to yourself, and not just because of the idiotic programming that kills brain cells.

    Being sedentary can kill the rest of your body, too -- slowing your metabolism and wrecking your health. As a result, new research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine finds that watching too much of the tube can cause your arteries to stiffen.

    Ready for the worst part? You don't need to be a TV junkie for your own arteries to turn rock hard -- just 20 extra minutes a day, according to the study.

    The study was done on 30-somethings, but believe me this is true at any age, which is why being sedentary -- whether it's plopped in front of a TV or parked in an office chair -- can increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and an early death.

    There's a pretty clear answer here, and that's to turn off the TV or computer, get out of your chair -- whether it's a sofa, easy chair or office chair -- and get yourself moving.

    Don't bother with a gym, unless you're fond of flushing money down the drain. As I've said before, 30 minutes on a hamster wheel won't undo the damage caused by hours of sitting. The study proves it (again), because daily exercisers who watched too much TV still had stiffer arteries.

    The real answer is to get natural movements throughout the day. Get up, go for a walk -- around the block or even around the room -- just keep your meat out of your seat.

    While you're at it, try a hobby that has some movement built in: gardening, hiking, walking, golf, tennis -- whatever it is, make it something pleasant, and make it a habit.

  2. Stiff arteries lead to brain damage

    Keep traffic moving on the highway to your brain

    Healthy aging starts in your arteries -- even a mainstream pill-pushing quack will tell you that. And if yours are so flexible you could yank them out and crack 'em like a whip, you don't have much to worry about.

    But if they're stiffer than the president trying to defend his health care plan, you've got problems -- and not just in your heart, where hardened arteries can lead to heart attack and stroke.

    They could wreck your brain, too, by boosting levels of beta amyloid, according to one new study.

    That's the so-called "brain plaque" linked to dementia and Alzheimer's disease, and the damage doesn't stop there. If you let your arteries get REALLY stiff, you could also end up with lesions in your white matter -- and yes, that's every bit as bad as it sounds, as brain lesions are another major dementia warning sign.

    Stiff arteries make it harder for blood to flow. And when the blood can't flow, it can't reach your bloodthirsty brain (not to mention your heart and other vital organs).

    Clearly, you want to keep yours nice and flexible -- but if you ask the pill-pushers, they'll push their favorite pills at you. You know the ones I'm talking about: cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

    The theory is that since hardened arteries have buildups of cholesterol, the cholesterol must be the cause.

    I'm here to say that's absolutely and completely false.

    On its own, cholesterol will flow freely and cause no problems. It only sticks to the artery walls when your inflammation levels rise -- which is why high inflammation, and not high cholesterol, is the REAL cause of hardened arteries.

    And that's precisely why high levels of the inflammation marker homocysteine (and NOT high cholesterol) will lead to heart attack, dementia and more.

    So put down the statins and pick up a quality B complex instead -- because B6, B12 and folate can fight inflammation and keep your arteries free, clear and flexible.

    Not coincidentally, they're also proven to protect both heart and brain.

    I'm not done with artery health yet. Keep reading for the one thing in your home that could be turning your own arteries to stone right now.

  3. Bill Clinton's deadly new outlook

    After a series of heart scares over the years, formerly tubby former president Bill Clinton now says he's pledging allegiance to a strict vegan diet. ... And if he manages to (mostly) stick to his newfound vegan faith, those cheating moments with seafood might be the only things that keep him alive -- because as I've told you before, this isn't a healthy lifestyle.

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