Keeping your heart healthy
Cardiovascular disease remains the UK’s biggest killer causing one quarter of all deaths, approximately 155,000 deaths per year. Many of these can be prevented by making simple changes to your lifestyle habits.
Heart health. Your heart is unique amongst the body’s organs because it needs to continually pump blood around the body. It therefore has a high energy demand. The energy source it uses is adenosine tri-phosphate, otherwise known as ATP. The problem is that organs cannot store huge amounts of ATP, it has to be constantly produced. The heart, for example, must typically generate around 6kg of ATP per day which is more than twenty times its own bodyweight.
So the generation of enough energy for the heart depends on the optimal functioning of your energy generating biochemical pathways. Certainly tissue levels of ATP n a failing heart may be 30% lower than normal. Conventional medications for treatment focus on reducing energy demand. However, nutritional support can work alongside to improve energy output. This can be done by providing recommendations that work on the optimal functioning of mitochondria. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of your cells where most of your energy is produced.
‘Mitochondria are taking the centre stage in our search for novel cardioprotective therapies, as their dysfunction appears early and invariably in the development of hypertrophy and heart failure. Maintenance of mitochondrial biogenesis against cardiac insults and reduction in mitochondrial ROS production are 2 promising directions that may soon yield effective treatments.’
Marina Bayeva et al. Mitochondria as a Therapeutic Target in Heart Failure. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013; 61(6):599-610.
What is the nutritional therapy/psycho-neuro-immunology approach?
It is important to note here that if you have any concerns you should first consult your doctor. Nutritional therapy can be used to help prevent heart problems or work alongside any current medical treatment you are having or have had in the past.
I believe it is important to support the health of the body and mind so you are limiting the production of inflammation and free radical damage. I also aim to restore blood sugar balance and provide dietary recommendations that ensure that nutrient intake is balanced and adequate. A substantial part of my focus is on oral hygiene as researchers are now finding an increased association between certain types of stroke and the presence of oral bacteria.
‘Chronic infections, including periodontal infections, may predispose to cardiovascular disease. We investigated the relationship between periodontal microbiota and subclinical atherosclerosis…..Our data provide evidence of a direct relationship between periodontal microbiology and subclinical atherosclerosis.’
Moïse Desvarieux, MD et al. Periodontal Microbiota and Carotid Intima-Media Thickness. Circulation. 2005; 111: 576-582.
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