Some doctors have such a big ego that they don’t admit they’re mistaken. This is especially true for heart surgeons who rarely accept anything that hasn’t been verified by science. These people are always studying scientific literature which shows the latest developments in cardiovascular treatment or surgery. For a long time, this kind of literature said that the main cause for heart disease are elevated cholesterol levels, and this was a well-known fact no doctor dared to defy.
In order to reduce the high cholesterol levels, doctors prescribe drugs known as statins and recommend eating a diet with reduced fat intake. Deviating from this plan was considered a heresy, and some doctors even lost their license for suggesting other treatments. However, although it took decades to debunk it, science has finally found the real culprit behind heart disease.
A couple of years ago, scientists discovered that the main cause for heart disease weren’t high cholesterol levels – it was inflammation in the arterial walls all along. This discovery will lead to a paradigm shift in the treatment of heart disease, something that was considered virtually impossible in the last few decades. About 25% of the American population is on statins, and despite the reduced fat content in our diets, people are still suffering from high cholesterol levels and heart disease is killing people at an astonishing rate. This makes it obvious that doctors have been wrong, and that the stain-low-fat diet doesn’t work as it should.
If there’s no inflammation in the body, the cholesterol won’t accumulate in the arteries. Inflammation is the real culprit behind heart disease – without it, cholesterol would be able to move freely through the body. Inflammation is nothing unusual – it’s a defensive mechanism of the body which protects the tissues from foreign invaders. However, exposing your body to toxins or being injured often will lead to chronic inflammation, and that’s where the real problems begin. But, why would someone expose themselves to harmful ingredients? It’s simple – the recommended low-fat diet rich in carbs and polyunsaturated fats has been destroying our blood vessels for years, which is why the rate of heart disease are so high. The repeated injuries to the arteries have resulted in chronic inflammation which is making cholesterol accumulate in the blood vessels, allowing it to wreak havoc in our body.
Nowadays, we eat a poor diet rich in processed and unhealthy foods that is surely taking a toll on our health. The food we eat is rich in sugar, salt and omega-6 fatty acids which are constantly damaging our arteries and raising the inflammation in the cardiovascular system. The inflammatory process is the same no matter if it occurs externally or internally. A sick artery looks just like damaged skin – the foods we eat and the compounds they contain are constantly brushing against it, resulting in microscopic tears that are affecting the flexibility of the arteries.
Sugar is the real culprit for it. When we eat foods rich in sugar and carbs, they raise our blood sugar levels, which is a signal for the pancreas to produce insulin. If a cell is full of sugar, it rejects the excess glucose which stays in the blood. At the same time, the excess glucose means excess production of insulin as well, which can lead to further problems.
The extra sugar molecules bind to proteins that can damage the arterial walls. The repeated injuries to the blood vessels can trigger inflammation which damages the tiny blood vessels even further. You may not be aware of what happens inside our arteries, but trust us that the damage is there.
Besides sugar, omega-6 fatty acids are highly dangerous for our arteries as well. Omega-6 oils are added to foods for longer shelf life. These compounds are important for our health, but they must be balanced with omega-3 fatty acids. The common western diet is anything but balanced in fatty acids – the ratio of imbalance is often 15:1 and even 30:1 in favor of omega-6. Even worse, the excess weight we carry due to the high sugar in take results in loaded fat cells which release pro-inflammatory compounds that are further damaging our arteries. As you can see, it all started with the sugar, and it will end with significantly increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and even neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. The more often we eat processed foods, the higher the inflammation in our body will be.
Luckily, there’s an easy way of reducing inflammation. All you need to do is to eat a healthy diet and foods closer to their natural state. Instead of processed and junk food, prepare your own meals at home from scratch. It’s not that hard and will keep your health in check. Choose complex over simple carbs, and avoid sugar, soybean oil, omega-6 fatty acids and too much salt. Instead of soybean oil, you can use olive or coconut oil.
Contrary to popular belief, animal fats are not harmful for our health. They contain less omega-6 fatty acids than polyunsaturated fats. Forget everything you knew up until now – saturated fats are not the culprit for heart disease and won’t raise your cholesterol levels. This cholesterol theory has led to the low or no-fat recommendations which are responsible for the inflammation in our bodies. This inflammation can raise the risk of several life-threatening diseases including heart disease, and it can be subdued by simply eating healthier and not paying much attention to your doctor’s diet recommendations.
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