Healthy Hearts: 3 Causes Of Heart Disease
By Meagan - February 22, 2013
The CDC states that 1 out of every 4 deaths in the United States each year is a result of heart disease. That’s a huge number, and it’s a shame. So where do we start when it comes to preventing this terrible disease. Well I think the 3 main causes of heart disease is an excellent starting point.
1. DietContrary to what the media pushes as being “heart healthy”, many people are starting to realize that those things aren’t as healthy for our hearts as we’re being told. Many nutritionists and dietitians are encouraging the public towards cutting back on unhealthy fats like saturated fats and consuming more supposedly heart healthy oils and fats like canola oil and margarine. They’re also advising that we eat low fat products and cutting out as much cholesterol as possible… seeing as how these things increase the risk of heart disease. The public has been listening to this advice for 50 + years, but the funny thing is, the problem isn’t getting better. It’s getting worse. Heart disease continues to steadily climb. Let’s take a look at some of the common staples of the standard American diet that have been linked to increasing heart disease.
- Refined Sugar
- Polyunsaturated Oils
- Trans-Fatty Acids
- Pasteurized and Homogenized Milk
- Oxidized Cholesterol
- Alcohol and Caffeine
2. NutrientsThere’s no doubt about it. Our bodies need nutrients to thrive. They help us to be in optimal health. Not just good health… optimal health. What I mean by that is, our bodies are very flexible and adaptable. They can compensate for a lack of specific nutrition for a while without getting sick. Many people today realize that the soil our food is grown in is deficient in a good amount of vitamins and minerals. That means that we’re eating less nutritious food. All the more reason to grow your own or buy local/all--natural if possible. Below are some specific nutrients that persons with heart disease have been shown to be deficient in.
- Vitamin C
- Folate, B6, & B12
- Vitamins A & D
3. Life-StyleWow. I don’t think I even need to explain this one! I think it goes to say that most of us, minus you homesteaders out there, don’t have lifestyles like folks had back in the good ole’ days. We can pretty much get access to anything, and all we need is money to get it. We don’t really have to work as hard physically for our food, clothing, or shelter these days. Don’t get me wrong. I’m grateful, but those days do have some nostalgia for me. Below are some of the commonly associated lifestyle factors that play into heart disease.