Patients are often so intent on finding a “magic” cure for heart disease — be it alternative medicine or not — that they lose sight of the only tried-and-true “natural” cure for heart disease.
It’s the program I advocate frequently in this newsletter and also in my book, The Simple Heart Cure.
The Four Pillars To A Healthy Heart
These are the four pillars of my healthy heart program:
- Weight Loss. Most of my patients lose weight, including the dangerous fat that collects around the abdomen, by following a plant-based diet. There are some, however, who find it difficult to stick to a purely plant-based diet. For them, I recommend the Mediterranean diet, which I have seen succeed, and which is backed by solid scientific evidence.
- Regular exercise. The best way to cut heart disease risk is to embark on a sensible walking program, working your way up to a one-hour daily walk five days a week. Such a regimen not only provides a cardiac workout, it also creates collateral blood flow in the form of a tiny, temporary network of blood vessels that provide additional blood to your heart. These extra vessels can save your life in the event of a heart attack. This kind of walking program has also been clinically proven to cut diabetes risk by more than 40 percent.
- Reduce stress. Stress raises heart disease risk. When you are under stress, your body produces unhealthy hormones that raise cholesterol levels and lead to the accumulation of abdominal fat. Evidence is also mounting that stress fuels inflammation, which may initiate the coronary artery disease process.
- Get enough sleep. Sleep is very important for healthy body function. Studies show that sleep deprivation not only leads to daytime weariness and accidents, but takes a toll on health as well, increasing the risk of heart disease and heart attack, as well as obesity and memory loss.