Updated: Sep 14
Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body. A muscle that works constantly and helps distribute blood to all parts of your body, but, heart is also one of the most neglected organs in the body. Unhealthy habits like not exercising, eating unhealthy foods, smoking and drinking, all put your heart at an increased risk. Dr. Anjali Sharma speaks about how you can repair your heart naturally.
According to the principles of Naturopathy, why does a person suffer from ailments of the heart?
The principles of Naturopathy believe that the body heals itself or comes back to a state of equilibrium when a change ensues. In case this system breaks down, the body gets disease-ridden. Naturopathy believes that any heart disease is caused due to lifestyle factors. There are uncontrollable environmental factors such as food additives, pollutants and electromagnetic fields, however a lot of controllable factors such as caffeine for energy, alcohol to relax and junk food for comfort also contribute to the problem.
A few lifestyle changes can improve heart health such as:
Kick the butt (quit smoking) and avoid second-hand smoke as well.
Maintain a healthy weight
Engage in at least 60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise daily.
Eating 5-10 portions of fruits and vegetables, getting high amounts of fibre and cutting out on animal fats.
Stay Stress free. Meditation and relaxation techniques help you relieve stress at the end of a long day.
Get your family to support these lifestyle changes by incorporating them too so that they can be heart-healthy too.
Can heart diseases be treated without the help of surgery with Naturopathy?
Yes, it is possible. A lot of by-pass and angioplasty cases have been reversed using Naturopathy. A simple thing such as bottle gourd (lauki) juice will help lower cholesterol, blood sugar levels, BP and weight. This juice taken daily along with regular heart medication has amazing benefits. This treatment along with other Naturopathic modifications will work only if certain changes are made; like abstinence from all forms of tobacco and alcohol and non-vegetarian food. In addition to that, a person should avoid stress and have a regular, daily exercise regimen.
How soon will a person be able to see a change in their reports?
While you might see immediate changes, Naturopathy takes time to completely heal your body. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle for long, that's when Naturopathy treatments will heal you. A Naturopathic doctor tries to address and correct the imbalance that has damaged your heart. These imbalances such as nutritional excess or deficiencies must be corrected for the body to return to its natural state.
Heart healthy diet
Ensure your diet is rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fibre. Limit your consumption of trans-fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Avoid hydrogenated vegetable oils, they contain trans-fats. Only 30% of your daily calorie intake should be from fat and less than that from saturated fats. Select fat-free or low-fat dairy products. Limit your salt intake.
Regular exercise not only strengthens your heart but also keeps diabetes, BP, and cholesterol in check and also keeps the inches off your waist. 60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise is sufficient. Make sure you talk to your doctor before you start any new physical regimen.
Kick the butt
The effects of quitting can be very rapid. In five years your heart will be in the same condition as that of a non-smoker. Avoid second-hand smoke as well; it's just as bad as smoking.
Laugh out loud because your heart will thank you for it. It relieves stress and increases blood flow.
Get regular check-ups
Get regular check-ups to keep track of your BP, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Any anomaly can be caught early and treated.