Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood throughout our body and healthy arteries have smooth inner walls and blood may easily flow through them. On other hand, clogged arteries reduce blood flow and increase risk for heart attack or stroke.
Healthy arteries or clear arteries, have smooth inner walls and blood flows easily through them while clogged arteries, which result as a result of plaque on inner walls leads to possible health issues. This plaque, this deposits of substance, which is combination of cholesterol, fat and other substances may narrow arteries or block blood flow and that can lead to heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
Today, when it comes to clogged arteries, people usually see the solution in drugs, prescribed by their doctors of course, drugs which may help in treatment with clogged arteries and stabilise the plaque, drugs such as cholesterol-modifying medications, aspirin, beta blockers, nitroglycerin etc.
Beside this treatment, folk medicine and natural remedies are always here for people who want to go natural way. Natural remedies have proven their effects and benefits for many health diseases including clogged arteries.
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In this article we won’t talk about natural remedies, you can find them in our archive, in this post we’ll talk how to reverse your clogged arteries completely naturally, simply by following this lifestyle tips and advices below.
Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between production of free radicals and ability of our body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects. Excess free radicals to to this stress may lead to oxidative damage and this damage can result in atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries) putting blood flow at risk. To prevent oxidative stress avoid sugar and processed foods, prevent infections on time, avoid toxins, eat foods high in antioxidants.
Sugar, high fructose syrup, grains such as rice, wheat etc. and processed carbs also, may cause oxidative stress. So avoid this food or put on minimum.
Less Fried and Processed Foods
Vegetable oils, such as sunflower oil, corn oil and soy oil, oils that we use for cooking are rich in polyunsaturated fats and they need to be avoid because this oils get oxidized when heated and as you may guess, oxidized oils may lead to oxidative stress. When oxidized polyunsaturated fats are parts of our arterial cell membranes, the proteins in the membrane together with calcium is prone to being malfunctioning, or simply said, for example, calcium can get into our arterial cells and cannot get out due to this malfunction and all this may result to clogged arteries by calcium plaque or cholesterol build-up. So, use healthy alternative such as coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil etc. On other hand, processed foods also may cause oxidative stress due to their artificial colors and additives.
Do we need to talk about smoking and negative effects from smoking? Simply, if you are smoker, quit as soon as possible. Smoking oxidizes cholesterol, causing him to deposit in blood vessels and thus contribute to atherosclerosis.
Same as smoking, alcohol won’t benefit you in any way.
When people overeat their liver works much more and much harder to detoxify all the chemicals from that food. When there is overeating on daily basis and your liver is burden to work hard everyday, there are chances for toxic overload. Some ammount of this toxic overload, which is in form of free radicals, may be released into your bloodstream and to circulate throughout your body including heart and it may cause damage to hearts arterial cell membrane.
Stress, especially chronic stress is associated with oxidative stress. If you manage to control stress, you are helping yourself in reducing cortisol and that’s prevents oxidative stress.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Beside many healthy nutrients, fruits and vegetables are full with antioxidants, especially assorted fruits and veggies, such as prunes, plums, raisins, red grapes, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, oranges etc. Antioxidants help in detox and also in neutralizing free radicals.
Natural Herbal Remedies
Adding natural remedies into your diet may be from big help when it comes in reversing clogged arteries. For example, jar with honey containing ginger, garlic, lemon, apple cider vinegar may help reverse clogged arteries or Tsp of clove powder mixed in milk, taken few times a day also may help reverse clogged arteries.
Exercise and Physical Activity
Regular physical activity has many health benefits and one of them is that exercise increase HDL and lower LDL which on other hand result in less chances for plaque buildup in your arteries. Low LDL level can also reverse plaque buildup on artery walls, so, depends of your time and possibilities, stay active, at least take long walks or start jogging. Exercise and physical activity also reduces stress.