Sauerkraut helps heal your heart and gut. Photo by Jason Lam.

Sauerkraut helps heal your heart and gut. Photo by Jason Lam.

Not too long ago, high blood cholesterol was fingered as the main culprit when it came to heart disease, but a recently completed 25- year study from Brigham and Woman’s Hospital has confirmed that a couple of more factors influence whether or not you will develop a cardiac problem including how your body fights off infection and cancer. However, the main culprit behind the development of heart disease was ultimately found to be inflammation, specifically atherosclerosis, which describes the condition of the heart itself becoming inflamed.

If you suspect that you are developing heart disease, then there are natural ways of beating back the inflammation that might be causing it.

Reducing Inflammation From Hyperinsulinemia

Hyperinsulinemia is a condition an excess of insulin in the blood leads to the type of chronic inflammation that can cause arteriosclerosis. There are multiple factors that can cause the escalation of this type of inflammation including a chronic lack of sleep, smoking and a lack of vitamin D. To prevent heart disease, get more rest and avoid a sedentary lifestyle. When you do get outside, get regular sensible sun exposure and if necessary take vitamin D plus K2. Limiting your exposure to environmental pollutants, especially heavy metals, is also a good idea, as physical stress can also cause inflammation in your arteries and heart.

Balance Your Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids

In order to avoid the kinds of metabolic syndromes that cause inflammation, such as pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes, you need to balance your intake of omega 3 and omega 6 fats. The problem is that most people have an overabundance of omega-6 fats in their diets. Most get far too little omega-3, found in fatty fish such as anchovies, cod wild Alaskan salmon, sardines and fish oil, and too much omega-6, as from the processed vegetable oils that are found in processed and fried foods.

Get Your Iron Levels Tested

If you have high levels of iron in your blood (above 80 ng/ml), then this can be an indicator of heart inflammation. A naturopath can suggest ways, such as heavy metal detoxification. to lower your iron levels. The simplest and most efficient way to lower your iron level if elevated is to donate blood.

Heal Your Leaky Gut

Food particles and bacteria leaking from your intestines into your arteries increase your level of inflammation and your risk of heart disease. Consult with your naturopath to find out how to eliminate lectin-rich vegetables, grains, and sugars in order to reduce your gut inflammation. Eating fermented foods that are rich in friendly bacteria, such as yogurt, kefir, refrigerated pickles, and sauerkraut can help restore your gut health.

Restore Your Magnesium Levels

Individuals with heart issues tend to be short of magnesium. The optimum amount of magnesium per day that you need to have a healthy heart is 500 mg, however, most people only get 150 mg a day. Start by taking 200 mg of oral magnesium citrate each day, gradually increasing this dose until you develop slightly loose stools. As a bonus, taking magnesium may help improve memory, relax you and prevent migraine headaches

Are you ready to change your lifestyle, lose weight or address a nagging health problem in 2019? Time to get proactive and book a consultation about natural cleanses, anti-aging, naturopathic testing, weight loss program, hypnotherapy, nutritional advice, homeopathy and more. To review the other services and treatments we offer, visit the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website that has a list of full services and products at or calls our Toronto Office at (416)-656- 8100. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.

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