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Nutrition and lifestyle are critical for healthy blood pressure

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Heart Support

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Most of us know the importance of managing blood pressure. Long term high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease and strokes. Many people use medications to manage high blood pressure and in some cases this is critical to reduce your risks associated with high blood pressure. But do not kid yourself, reducing high blood pressure by using drugs does not fix your problem. While it may reduce your risk, you are not closer to having healthy arteries and a naturally healthy blood pressure. This is where nutrition and lifestyle are critical.

A healthy blood pressure is dependent on a lot of factors and you need to evaluate your level of risk. What are the factors over which you have control? Which of them are you willing and able to change? If you focus on reducing your risk by improving your cardiac and arterial health, then you will discover the many nutritional compounds which can contribute to actual better health. Remember this key point: drugs will help manage the markers of your disease and this may reduce your risks in some way, BUT drugs do not help you have better arteries, or healthier blood, or stronger cardiac function. Only by nourishing your body, can you expect to maintain healthier cells, tissues and function.

Lower_BP_in_8_weeksIn this interview Dr. Stephen Sinatra discusses how to manage blood pressure naturally. As a metabolic cardiologist Dr. Sinatra is well qualified to discuss how you can use lifestyle and nutrition to naturally improve and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Dr. Sinatra has decades of treating patients medically with a diet and lifestyle component. He has detailed his approach in the numerous books he has written. I have several other interviews with Dr. Sinatra and these would be very useful to you if you would like a broader understanding of natural cardiac health.

fruit_HeartHere are some of the supplements you should consider if high blood pressure is your risk:

  • Fish Oil – critical for reducing inflammation
  • Magnesium – helps arteries relax
  • Vitamin K-2 – keeps calcium out of the arteries (and puts it in the bones)
  • Aged Garlic Extract – (this form of garlic is safe with blood thinning drugs)
  • Pyconogenol/grapeseed extract – helps maintain flexible arteries
  • Nattokinase – enzyme that breaks down fibrin in the blood

Here are some of the supplements for heart support (in addition to the above):

  • Carnitine – fuel for heart cells
  • CoQ10 – nature’s spark plug for generating energy
  • d-Ribose – foundational energy molecule for the heart
  • Hawthorn berry herb – perhaps the best herb for cardiac support

HeartMDInstituteAvoiding high blood pressure involves an integrative approach: establishing healthy habits such as a nutritious, anti-inflammatory diet and appropriate supplementation, weight management, exercise, and various mind-body techniques for emotional stress management. Quitting smoking and caffeine, and cutting down on alcohol, can help as well. Depending on how high your blood pressure is, possible pharmaceutical treatment may also be needed, as directed by your physician.” quote from HeartMDInstitute.

For more information, consider these interviews and books with Dr. Sinatra:

  • Metabolic Cardiology – This was the first guest interview on our podcast. If you have any cardiac issues, you should read his book.
  • The Great Cholesterol Myth – Dr. Sinatra explains why cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease.
  • Earthing – Dr. Sinatra discusses how contact with the earth is a powerful adjunct to healthy living.

About Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Book – EarthingDr. Stephen Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., is a board-certified cardiologist and certified psychotherapist with more than thirty years of experience in helping patients prevent and reverse heart disease. He also is certified in anti-aging medicine and nutrition, and is an expert in energy medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and a former chief of cardiology and medical education at Manchester (CT) Memorial Hospital. Dr. Sinatra is a co-author of Earthing.
He has written many other books, including The Great Cholesterol Myth (Fair Winds Press, 2012), Reverse Heart Disease Now (Wiley, 2008), Lower Your Blood Pressure in Eight Weeks (Ballantine Books, 2003), and The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology (Basic Health Publications, 2008). He is the host of the popular integrative cardiology website www.heartmdinstitute.net

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Coconut oil used to be good, and then it was bad and now it’s good again. What happened?

Immune Support

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Dean MorrisThe story of coconut oil over the past 40 years is an excellent example of what has been so wrong about our approach to food and health. When I began my journey into nutrition and good health over 40 years ago, coconut oil was a wonderful food. I did missionary work in Guatemala and coconut oil was a common food, as it is in much of the tropical world. When we returned to the U.S. in 1976 we continued to use coconut oil in cooking and food preparation.

By the mid 70s the medical mantra was that saturated fat is the major cause of heart disease and all saturated fats seemingly suddenly became “BAD” foods. Coconut oil disappeared from health food store shelves. At that time coconut oil became known as one of the worst foods a person could eat. Now coconut oil is a highly desired food and cosmetic product. We now know that saturated fat as found in nature is not only not bad for us, but is highly beneficial. I am happy about the resurgence of coconut oil.

What intrigues me about the history of coconut oil is how we were all misled about the dangers of coconut oil and we were denied truth about the benefits. We were told in no uncertain terms that saturated fat causes heart disease and coconut oil is possible the worst saturated fat of all. Do you remember when that is what we were all told by doctors, scientists and media? This message was not lost on any of us from that generation. We are still dealing with the aftermath of the cholesterol and saturated fat theory of heart disease. As a result we quit eating the good fats and began eating huge amount of unsaturated oils, high in omega 6. What bothers me about this is the certainty of which we were led down this path. As if this were settled science. Now we come to find out that the opposite of what we have been told is actually what is best for us. Eggs were bad, now eggs are good. Shortening was good now shortening is bad. It is no wonder people are confused about fats and oils. This interview will help you understand more about the benefits of coconut and it’s oil.

  • coconut oilCoconut Oil Contains a Unique Combination of Fatty Acids With Powerful Properties
  • The Lauric Acid in Coconut Oil Can Kill Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi
  • Coconut Oil Can Increase Your Energy Expenditure, Helping You Burn More Fat
  • Coconut Oil Can Improve Blood Cholesterol Levels
  • Coconut Oil Can Kill Your Hunger, Helping You Eat Less
  • The Fatty Acids in Coconut Oil Can Boost Brain Function
  • Coconut Oil Can Protect Hair Against Damage, Moisturize Skin and Function as Sunscreen
  • Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil Can Improve Dental Health

NW_Coconut_OilIn this interview with Dean Morris we will discuss the virtues of coconut oil and it’s various components. Dean does an excellent job of describing the wide range of coconut products and their benefits. Nature’s Way produces a full line of high quality coconut oil products and you should be able to find them in any good health food store. Coconut oil products are not equal so be sure to seek out products from companies with a reputation for quality such as Nature’s Way.

About Dean Morris
As a fifth-generation herbalist, Dean grew up on herbs and has diverse experience in organic horticulture, the natural foods industry and healthcare. Taught by his father to grow lady slipper orchids and other herbs, Dean went on to farm 165 acres of organic herbs in the 80’s. While attending Brigham Young University in pre-professional nutrition, he worked for a nationally distributed dietary supplement manufacturer. After college, he served as dean of admissions, author, editor and teacher for John R. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing.

In 1997, Dean was invited to help form a multi-disciplinary alternative medicine team and was granted full practicing privileges as an herbalist at the Columbia hospital Miami Heart Institute in Miami Beach, Florida. From there, he was recruited by Nature’s Way to be their senior educator, formulator, director of new products, and director of technical services. In 2009, Dean resumed full-time directorship of Nebo Health, a consultancy for the dietary supplement industry.

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