natural heart health

  1. Daily walks can slash your heart risk

    How to walk away from a heart attack

    Watch out, folks. January is when gyms work overtime to grab your cash -- and their biggest weapon is guilt.

    They use the guilt you feel in mid-January, when you realize you haven't followed through on yet another resolution to get more exercise. Next thing you know, you're locked into $50 a month contract from here to eternity -- all for a gym membership you'll use maybe twice.

    But don't even think about signing that contract, because you already have all the gym equipment you need attached to your body: your own two feet.

    Put 'em to use with a brisk daily walk, and you'll get all the benefits of exercise without the cost, without the risk of injury, without the sweat and without straining your heart to the brink of an attack.

    Add a 20-minute walk to your daily routine -- and by 20 minutes, I mean 20 minutes more than you walk already -- and your risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular problems will drop by nearly 10 percent, according to one new study.

    But why stop with 20 minutes? Double that -- walk for 40 minutes -- and your risk of heart attack and stroke will plunge by a fifth.

    That's equal to the supposed benefits of statin drugs, except the drug benefits are largely fictional.

    The benefits of walking, on the other hand, are very real -- and a lower risk of heart attack is just the beginning.

    Walking for just two and a half hours a week will cut your risk of death from stroke, diabetes and heart disease by 11 percent -- and walking even longer than that will cut the risk by a third.

    And if you manage to pull off a nice, long walk each day, you could slash your risk of stroke by as much as two-thirds, according to another recent study.

    So forget the gym. Forget Zumba class. Forget sweatin' to the oldies and forget anything that might cost money or get you hurt.

    Forget it all... and go for a walk instead.

  2. Forget cholesterol and worry about calcium

    The heart risk you haven't been told about

    Forget everything you've heard about heart risk -- because if you heard it from a pill-pushing, cholesterol-testing, blood-pressure-measuring mainstream doc, it's wrong, wrong, WRONG.

    Most mainstream measures of heart health -- especially cholesterol and blood pressure -- are about as useful as screen doors on a submarine, and the latest research confirms it.

    The REAL risk factor is calcification, or the calcium deposits that build up in your arteries and cause them to stiffen.

    The more you have, the higher your heart risk -- which is why virtually ALL heart attacks hit people with high levels of calcification.

    Yet the study finds 35 percent of patients on statins have no calcification at all. That adds up to tens of millions of patients being treated for a heart risk they don't even have.

    Meanwhile, 15 percent of patients who meet every mainstream guideline for heart health have very high levels of calcification. They're being told they have nothing to worry about, when they have every reason to worry.

    And when that heart attack strikes out of the blue, they'll be left wondering just what in the heck went wrong (and that's assuming they survive).

    Well, it's time to stop wondering and start taking action.

    First, toss your statins. Not only will they NOT lower your heart risk, but they can actually increase calcification and cause the very heart problems you're hoping to avoid.

    Second, increase your intake of natural animal fats. Despite what you've heard, these fats will NOT harden your arteries. In fact, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish, grass-fed meats and fresh dairy can actually break up those dangerous deposits.

    Third, don't rush out to have your calcium score measured, as the test involves CT radiation. I won't say it's never necessary, but in most cases it's not -- especially if you follow my back-to-basics diet and lifestyle recommendations.

    And fourth, if you want a little help making these and other heart-healthy adjustments, forget the pill-pushing mainstream docs who focus on all the wrong things and work with someone who knows how to do the job right.

    I recommend a skilled naturopathic physician, ideally an experienced member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine.

  3. Magnesium slashes heart risk and extends life

    Boost your magnesium intake and you could slash your risk of heart attack, stroke and death, according to new research.
  4. Coffee protects small blood vessels

    Coffee can help your small blood vessels, which deliver oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
  5. Magnesium can prevent heart disease

    New research confirms that magnesium can slash your risk of cardiovascular disease, ischemic heart disease and death from heart disease.
  6. Magnesium can slash your heart risk

    Low blood levels of magnesium add up to a high risk of heart problems, according to decades of research.
  7. CoQ10 can boost blood flow in CHF patients

    Coenzyme Q10 can improve the flow of blood to the heart as well as overall heart health scores in patients with congestive heart failure.
  8. Aspirin therapy causes serious bleeding

    Another dagger in the heart of aspirin therapy, as researchers confirm the risks of serious bleeding problems outweigh any supposed benefits.

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