Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America and has been for a number of years now. The primary cause of this is that we eat poorly and we don’t get enough exercise and as a result our arteries slowly become clogged with arterial plaques, fat, and cholesterol. Smoking is another primary culprit for causing heart disease however it is the cholesterol that is the silent and invisible killer as it often build up in people who otherwise appear thin and healthy. Preventing plaque buildup in arteries should be first on American’s health to-do list.
The irony is that stopping plaque build up in arteries is actually not that difficult. The problem is that the actions that need to be taken to reverse this condition are generally contrary to the way most people live their lives. Arterial plaques buildup due to an imbalance in HDL and LDL cholesterol in which LDL exists in excess and HDL exists in deficiency.
To bring this balance back to where it should be foods which are rich in LDL cholesterol like red meats, fatty foods, and many processed snacks should be eaten in far less quantity and foods rich in HDL cholesterol such as many types of vegetables seafood should be consumed more frequently. Additionally eating foods like seafood, dark greens, flaxseed, and other sources of omega-3 fatty acids can help your body retain more good cholesterol which helps to keep bad cholesterol minimized.
As if diet alone was the only reason heart disease was a problem; average levels of physical exercise also pose a serious threat to our health. Chipping away and the epidemic that leads to heart disease in America also requires taking steps to increase the levels of physical activity American’s enjoy. We are nation that loves the couch and loves taking any opportunity to not do physical work.
If you have arterial plaque build up and poor cholesterol levels you have to take the time in your day to start adding physical activity back in. You don’t necessarily have to start working out for an hour a day but you have to find ways to slowly add more and more physical activity into your life. Starting small and adding more consistently is a great way to ease into the lifestyle of exercise and will be great for your long term health.