Eating your way to a healthy heart

Why is it that with all the low fat craze, heart disease is still on the rise? Its based on years of sound advise, and studies which showed that we need to eat lots of servings of grains and only eat small amounts of fats. We used to account for something having too many calories as being a poor choice. Fat has twice as many as calories as carbohydrates or protein. Therefore it's been assumed that if we eat less fat, we are better off. Furthermore, it was found that there is a connection between fat and heart health. This led us to believe that if we lower fat, we can lower cholesterol and reduce our chance of heart disease.

Low fat deserts and low fat foods were created as healthy alternatives. We also assumed that because it was low fat, we could eat more of it, which spiked our weight and led to other health issues.

Processed foods contain compounds like high glucose corn syrup. These compounds are not metabolized well by the liver and instead they get stored as fat. High fructose corn syrup, other wise known as corn syrup clogs the arteries, increasing triglycerides and reducing good cholesterol.

Refined grains, starches like white flour and sugar; translates into sucrose, causing inflammation in the body and increasing degeneration. This can become the setting for a host of other health problems such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular issues.

Once the sugar and carbs turn into your liver, it becomes a place where fat is produced. Research shows that much of the cause of clogged arteries is a result of over consumption of sugars, starches and processed foods which result in too much insulin circulating in the body. This leads to inflammation and heart disease. The most dangerous storage place is in the belly.

The real cause of heart disease is excess insulin. The consumption of carbohydrates translates into sugar which then converts into insulin. This makes our body think we are hungry, when we are not. The more sugar and processed foods, the more resistant your body becomes to insulin, thereby making more insulin and then storing it as fat. This results in a vicious cycle.

Studies directly prove that fat is required for the body. We now know that not all fats are the same. It is a necessary component to brain composition and in creating and transmitting neural impulse activities. Fats also insulates us, makes up myelin sheath and supports the body in making Vitamin D3. So, the idea that weight loss is dependant on reducing fat intake is entirely untrue when it comes to consumption of good fats. These fats include omega 3. Increasing your intake of such fats is beneficial to your cardiovascular health, brain, bone, muscular health and your general emotional state.

These fats can be found in flax, hemp and chia seeds, free range eggs and avacadoes and cold pressed organic plant oils, such as olive. These fats , called good fats, improve cholesterol quality, the HDL cholesterol needed for metabolism. Good fats speed up metabolism, thereby leading to weight loss, by regulating sugar levels and appetite.

Cholesterol is needed in your body to produce hormones, cell membranes and brain cells. Your body can not function properly without cholesterol. Cholesterol is only one factor among many that can lead to heart disease.

Saturated fat is not the enemy. Most heart attacks are not caused by high cholesterol. What is found is that heart attack sufferers show metabolic disorders or diabetic conditions. Dietary fat and dietary cholesterol are needed.

In addition to increasing your consumption of good fats, also increase your intake of green tea, garlic, ginger and cayenne. These powerful natural substances bring an abundance of health benefits, such as lowering bad cholesterol, tonifying the heart, regulating metabolism and lowering blood sugar levels. In addition, pomegranate juice reduces arterial thickness and unclogs arteries. Lastly, the mineral magnesium found in many greens, is an important source to controlling and regulating many metabolic functions which directly impact the heart, like our heart beat.