Where does heart disease come from? For years heart disease has been blamed on cholesterol. Cardiologists have been prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and suggesting patients eat a low fat diet. In the 1990’s the marketplace was flooded with low-fat / fat-free products. In order to make these fat-free products taste good, manufacturers began replacing fat with extra sugar to make them tasty. With the lack of fat in these products, the consumer never gets a ‘satisfied’ or ‘full’ feeling and the body craves more and more of the high sugar product! Eating the right kind of fat and protein will signal your brain that it is full and satisfied, and would stop the sugar cravings. The extra empty calories being consumed on the fat-free and highly processed diet has shown an increase in obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease! We need to get back to ’eating from the earth’ not from the factory & eliminate processed, artificial ’food-like stuff’ & eat an abundance of whole grains & low fat dairy, nuts, seeds and healthy fats such as olive oil.
Today it is believed that one of the main drivers of heart disease is inflammation. This can be caused by a number of things including poor diet, inactivity, chronically high stress levels & environmental toxins. A healthy lifestyle with routine exercise, good nutrition & daily physical activity will help fight obesity & reduce your risk of heart disease.
At Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation our goal is to educate our patients and help reduce the risks of heart disease by offering:
- Laboratory testing for genetic markers to determine your risk of heart disease, blood clotting and stroke. Knowing such can prompt motivation & diligence toward a lifestyle that greatly reduces / eliminates one’s genetic predisposition and is a powerful tool to:
- Improve your metabolism
- Balance your hormones
- Optimize your body fat / muscle ratio
- A customized nutrition treatment program will help jump start your Weight Loss program.
- Detox, clean out and eliminate foods that are toxic or ’addicting’ to your body.
- Break your habit of eating foods that are not helping with your weight loss
- Learning how to replenish your body with quality low fat protein, healthy carbohydrates and fats, as well as supplements when needed.
- Therapeutic Reconditioning Exercises are used to develop and improve muscle strength while improving flexibility, range of motion, mobility, balance and coordination.
- Since muscle burns the most calories, maintaining and / or building muscle mass will help increase your metabolism to burn more calories fast.