Inflammation is your body’s natural defense towards a foreign substance such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. Normally the inflammatory cycle protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we repeatedly expose the body to certain toxins or foods that the human body was never designed to process, chronic inflammation can occur. Chronic inflammation can be just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.
There has been much discussion around the effect of diet on our blood vessels. Elevated LDL (bad cholesterol) smoking and high blood pressure contribute to plaque formation and inflammatory changes in the blood vessel which can result in heart attacks and stroke.
Obesity is also a contributing factor and is a result of ingesting highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.
So what is the best diet to reduce heart disease? Shop around the perimeter of the grocery store and choose fresh foods your grandmother served and not manufactured foods. By eliminating processed foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unmanufactured food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body.
For more information go to the American Heart Association website and consult with your physician.