Now that it’s February, it’s time that we have a heart-to-heart. According to Statistics Canada, Heart Disease accounts for the second leading cause of death in Canada. The good news? There are many lifestyle choices you can make to drastically reduce your chance of suffering a heart attack.

When considering heart preventive protocols, a holistic approach is a comprehensive strategy that considers cardiac nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes and in most cases, supplementation and homeopathic remedies. Prevention is essential, as those who suffer from coronary heart disease do not always experience symptoms until the disease becomes severe. For instance, blocked vessels may not cause symptoms until becoming almost 70% blocked.

“Blocked vessels may not cause symptoms until becoming almost 70% blocked.”

If the block is increasing on an average of 2% every year, it takes 35 years to reach 70%, which is why we have 35 years to improve our lifestyle choices and practice preventive cardiology. While prevention is essential in any case, there are also genetic factors that may trigger a heart attack at an early age. To prevent this, we have many parameters to evaluate the risk and make lifestyle modifications. Homeopathic constitutional treatment is beneficial in such cases because an individualized and comprehensive approach is taken with each patient. Instead of waiting to prevent a second heart attack, beginning a holistic approach now will help to prevent the first attack.

As previously mentioned, cardiac nutrition and lifestyle changes are fundamental components of the homeopathic approach to preventative cardiology. We all crave tasty food and enjoy our leisurely time. In fact, laziness is the default setting of the brain, as the brain is an efficient machine that is reluctant to tax its neurons. Nevertheless, longevity of life is more important because we deserve to enjoy the beauty that this world has to offer and, in my opinion, have the excitement of experiencing the wonders of technological innovation! So, a few lifestyle adjustments that doesn’t compromise the fun of living makes sense. Remember, it’s never too late to make these changes.

“Laziness is the default setting of the brain, as the brain is an efficient machine that is reluctant to tax its neurons.”

Below are a few dietary recommendations that you can implement immediately. Your diet should be balanced, which can be done with the help of a healthcare professional:

  • Choose complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, instead of simple carbohydrates (refined and processed sugars.)
  • Incorporate an additional serving of vegetables.
  • Top up your daily protein with cold water fish, white meats and vegetarian proteins (ie. lentils, beans, etc.). Nuts and eggs are also needed for the body’s ability to repair.
  • Add healthy fats to your daily diet, such as fish, raw nuts, avocado, olive oil, etc.

Researchers suggest that Ginkgo Biloba helps to improve the blood flow through the blood vessels. Platelet accumulation leads to heart attacks. Ginkgo Biloba helps to inhibit the ‘Platelet Activating Factor (PAF)’ in our blood, which causes platelet accumulation, and therefore may reduce the risk of a heart attack. Ginkgo Biloba has contraindications with blood thinning medications, so before taking it, please consult a healthcare professional to ensure it’s safe for you.

My homeopathic approach to preventative cardiology uses the combination of Gingko Biloba and constitutional remedies to improve heart health. In addition to supplementation, I consider each individual case and make specific dietary and lifestyle recommendations.

The heart is the pump that keeps you going, so “POWER YOUR LIFE”.