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You’ve seen lots of articles over the years about the causes of clogged arteries and what you should do to avoid plugging up your arteries with crud, thereby restricting your blood flow and risking heart disease, blood pressure that's too high, and a heart attack.
But here’s what makes this article different.
I’m going to show you not only the root cause of clogged arteries (officially known by two terms often used interchangeably, atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis). I'll also explain how calcium is a part of this condition, and give you four ways to de-calcify your arteries as a step to potentially reverse atherosclerosis while improving your heart health.
Up until now most of what you’ve read warns you to reduce your cholesterol levels to avoid heart disease, right?
Cholesterol for years has been demonized as the reason your arteries are at risk of compromising your heart health.
You’ve been told to stop eating butter, eggs, and meat. Take statins if your “bad” cholesterol or triglyceride goes over a certain point. Even though statins give you trivial benefits at great cost (For example, they reduce your risk of a heart attack by only one percent while increasing your risk of side effects such as Parkinson's, nerve damage, and liver damage.)
Turns out we’ve been misled for decades to believe that elevated cholesterol levels causes heart disease.
Yes, cholesterol is one factor in potential atherosclerosis, but the truth is that your body needs cholesterol for health.
And there’s a distinct reason why it plus calcium can build up in your arteries and combine with other substances to turn a healthy body response to a risky one, especially when you consider heart health.
Let’s jump in.
In this article:
- The Real Cause Of Clogged Arteries
- First Do This For Artery Health
- The Next Step To Help Reverse Clogged Arteries
- The Bottom Line About Ridding Your Arteries Of Calcium
The Real Cause Of Clogged Arteries
Calcium is a component - along with cholesterol - of the plaque that can build up on the muscular lining of your arteries to cause atherosclerosis, which puts you at risk for a heart attack, stroke, or even death. When plaque builds up, you're at risk of having your blood flow impeded, potentially resulting in dangerously high blood pressure, heart disease, or a heart attack.
Let's examine the reason why calcium would build up in your arteries in the first place because these events don't just randomly happen in your body - nature is far more intelligent than that.
Calcium (and cholesterol) arrive in your arteries for a very good reason. Both calcium and cholesterol are a healing response by your body to a very specific condition.
Let me explain:
When you have inflammation in your body, you can develop lesions, or wounds, in the arterial walls. The lesions indicate an inflammatory state, although you might not initially be aware of it.
: cortisol is a powerful anti-inflammatory hormone that your adrenal glands produce when you're under stress. It's also found in medications such as prednisone and cortisol cream. When your body fails to make enough cortisol, perhaps because your adrenals are worn out, you can develop inflammation. Or, conversely, when you have chronically high levels of cortisol, your cells may block it and you develop cortisol resistance - which leads to inflammation because your body can't use the cortisol that's being produced.
: insulin is another anti-inflammatory hormone your body produces. But just as with cortisol, chronically high insulin levels from eating a diet loaded with sugar and carbohydrates, or eating too often, can result in insulin resistance and put you at risk for inflammation.
High blood sugar
: If you’re insulin resistant, your blood sugar stays chronically high because the insulin is unavailable for your body to use to regulate your blood sugar. Chronically high blood sugar can result in inflammation.
: your body fat can also trigger insulin resistance, which leads to inflammation.
In response to inflammation, along comes cholesterol to help heal its effects, similar to the role a band-aid plays when covering a wound.
Calcium is another healing agent that arrives in response to the inflammation and lesions, along with a third substance called fibrin - a connective tissue that helps seal off the wound.
Since inflammation is the true starting point for atherosclerosis, it makes sense that ultimately you need to address the inflammation to heal the lining of your arteries. But you need to take the important action to de-calcify your arteries too. Fortunately, you can do both at once.
First Do This For Artery Health
I recommend you adopt my Healthy Keto™ way of eating and combine it with intermittent fasting (IF) to reduce insulin and oxidation, which can lead to inflammation in your arteries and trigger the calcium/cholesterol response.
Unfortunately, when you go to the doctor there’s not enough importance put on food and how it affects the body; especially your heart. Happily, your heart arteries respond quite quickly to nutritional intervention. If you want to know more, I encourage you to do your own research as well.
I also recommend getting a test called Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) - ask your doctor for it. This test measures the calcium in your coronary arteries, exactly as its name implies. Ideally, your score will be as close to zero as possible.
But no matter your initial score, it’s important to get a baseline reading; then, as you continue with Healthy Keto TM and IF you can see the changes for the better as you continue to get the CAC test.
Combining a keto lifestyle with intermittent fasting are lifestyle changes that can go a long way toward helping you reduce inflammation in your body, improving your overall health as well as the health of your arteries.
The Next Step To Help Reverse Clogged Arteries
Along with lowering inflammation, there are specific ways you can support your body to draw out the calcium that’s built up in your arteries and may be putting you at risk for cardiovascular disease and hardening of the arteries.
Even though calcium originally landed in your arteries for a helpful reason - to repair the wounds caused by inflammation - you still want to take steps to pull calcium out of your arteries so it doesn’t continue to build up and potentially put your health at risk. Instead, you can support your cardiovascular health along with your overall arterial health.
There are four particular nutrients you can consume as ways to de-calcify your arteries and potentially reverse clogged atherosclerosis.
4 Ways To De-Calcify arteries
Take Vitamin K2
: K2 is a fat-soluble vitamin that may help reduce calcium. One of its functions is to transport excess calcium from places in the body it shouldn’t be (like joints and arteries) and take it to places where it should be (bones). I recommend the natural version called MK-7.
Consume Vitamin D3
: D3 is another fat-soluble vitamin that works together with K2 an may also help reduce calcium in your arteries. Take them together with a meal rather than on an empty stomach, because they’ll be absorbed better. Vitamin D3, like K2, is intimately involved in the transportation of calcium.
: One of magnesium’s functions in your body is to offset calcium. Therefore, when magnesium is increased, it may help to lower your calcium levels.
Take IP-6 (Phytic Acid)
: IP-6 can be an excellent inhibitor of calcification in your arteries. It's what’s called a chelator; it binds with calcium and can help to pull it out of your arteries.
Oh, and if you're taking calcium carbonate supplements - stop! They're about as useful as chewing on cement and can contribute to an unhealthy excess of calcium in your body.
The Bottom Line About Ridding Your Arteries Of Calcium
Is it possible to support your body to help get rid of excess calcium in your arteries?
Yes, it is.
But you’ll need to overcome decades-long myths that are entrenched in popular opinion, be willing to be intrigued by new information that may at first seem counter-intuitive, and get curious about different steps you can take to support the health of your arteries.
If you love discovering ways to take charge of your health instead of leaving everything up to your medical doctors to decide, I can’t imagine a better mindset than one of curiosity and openness. Not only will you be more knowledgeable about your body and your health options, but you can also have informed conversations with your health providers to determine options for your treatment.
And if your doctor’s warned you that you’re developing atherosclerosis, now you have more information to understand what’s happening in your body and which additional options you have to potentially lower your risk of disease.
You can feel confident that you’re not leaving yourself at the mercy of myths that may actually harm your health rather than improve it. Instead, you're improving your potential for leading a healthier life and being around longer for the people who care about you.
What could be better than that?
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