If you laid out your blood vessel end to end, they would encircle the earth FOUR TIMES.
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A healthy heart is only a piece, albeit a vital piece, but one piece, nonetheless, of the whole health puzzle.
Remember…one of the most important keys to a healthy body is adequate blood flow (or perfusion) to all parts. Once this flow is compromised, weakness, disease, dysfunction, and of course, death can result.
Two things to consider:
- What’s going on in the walls of the vessels themselves
- The actual lining of the inner wall of the blood vessel
In the next (and possibly final) part of the series, we will be talking about the aperture – or the presence or absence of stuff/debris in the lumen of the blood vessel.
So, how should things be/What should be the normal state of affairs?
Once your blood exits your heart, it is conveyed in blood vessels which should be strong, elastic, and easily adaptable to fluctuations in the pressure and velocity of the blood (under the force of the heart’s pumping) as it pulses through them. Rigidity can lead to hypertension or hypotension in some instances);
They (your blood vessels) should have nice, roomy apertures for the blood to flow through, and the linings of their walls should be clean and smooth like Teflon (remember the “Teflon President”?)…ie devoid of abrasions, scar tissue, and debris.
Sadly, this only obtains in the early stages of our lives. Research is finding out that as early as the teenage years, inflammatory deposits and plaque are already beginning to form in the blood vessels.
As we grow older, our vessel walls begin to thicken and become less elastic (owing, in no small degree to age-related loss of collagen and elastin), making them less and less yielding to the flow of blood, which predisposes to hypertension (more of that later).
In addition, the endothelium, that one-cell-thick inner lining of our blood vessels, which is in a constant state of damage and repair, becomes a prime target for artherosclerosis and plaque formation (basically the same thing), both of which can spell danger for many reasons.
Dr Dwight Lundell, a cardio thoracic surgeon who has done over 5000 bypass surgeries decided to study this issue himself and talked about it on one of our webinars.
You may view his presentation here: The Anatomy of A Heart Attack, and what YOU can DO To Prevent One.
In it, he talks about findings that artherosclerotic lesions are now beginning to be seen even in teenagers.
In summary, here’s what happens as we age:
- The passage through which our blood passes becomes narrower and narrower as a result of arterial wall thickening
- Our arterial walls become more and more rigid and unyielding, and also more brittle
- The inner linings of our blood vessels become more prone to plaque build up, which further contributes to the narrowing of the blood vessel lumen (aperture)
The above three explain why, among many other things, our memory isn’t as good as it was when we were in our twenties, we don’t digest food as well, our eyesight worsens, we have longer healing times, etc, etc.
Now remember, the above is what obtains in normal, healthy individuals. The problems are even further compounded when there’s an underlying condition.
Here are some “biggies”…
Those who are more prone to cardiovascular disease:
- People who are chronically stressed (in my book, stress is the root of all evil…). Unchecked stress produces chemicals in our bodies which damage our blood vessels, leading to inflammation and plaque formation. By the way, some of the most stressed out people are parents (especially mothers) of special needs children. More information here: The Silent Killer.
- Obese people: Fat cells actually actively secret large amounts of pro-inflammatory molecules into the blood increasing the likelihood of artherosclerosis.
- Diabetics. A disturbing fact: Two out of three people with diabetes will die from heart disease or stroke
- People who are hypertensive: Hypertension is a major risk factor for stroke, myocardial infarction (heart attacks), heart failure, aneurysms of the arteries (e.g. aortic aneurysm),peripheral arterial disease and is a cause of chronic kidney disease
- Athletes: Believe it or not, athletes who have very rigorous training routines and don’t give enough attention to rest and good nutrition are at a higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
Okay, I think we’ve dwelt on the problem long enough. Let’s talk about the solution.
Blood flow/arterial perfusion can be improved by:
1. Reducing the thickening of the blood vessel walls;
2. Increasing their flexibility and responsiveness; and
3. Ensuring that the lumen is smooth, healthy, and free of debris.
So then…what can we do to make the walls of the right size, and not thickened? How can the endothelium (that inner arterial wall lining) be made smooth again, like Teflon?
Well, there are different things one can do, medical as well as non-medical, but I always like to go by the most effective, most direct, most sustainable route. Now, as always, please consult with your physician before applying what I am going to show you…
Here are three main ways to improve the health of your blood vessels:
Protandim, L-Arginine and High Potency Omega 3 Fatty acids (fish oils)
Protandim is an overall health enhancer. It helps every cell in your body, brain and heart cells included, recover, work more efficiently and be in strength. It has also been shown to actually reduce abnormal arterial wall thickening. If there was only one supplement I could take, this would be it. Of course, I take several different kinds.
Watch videos here: PROTANDIM
Dr Ignarro (Nobel Prize Winner): Benefits of increasing nitric oxide in the body
L-Arginine, as we have mentioned before, is essential for a nice, smooth inner blood vessel wall lining, elasticity of the muscle wall, and has even been shown to inhibit abnormal blood clotting and plaque formation
Omega 3 Fatty Acids:
Omega 3 Fatty Acids, especially of the kind Dr Sears produces, are excellent for curbing inflammation and keeping the lumen smooth and clean.
Watch videos here:
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