I would like to tell you a story:
Long time ago there were rivers so crystal clean and blue that deer and bear loved to visit it to quench their thirst. Once they drank from the creeks and rivers they felt nourished and happy, full of energy. The water was home to healthy salmon and water plants alike.
One day, however, something terrible happened. First, nobody noticed anything. Somehow, the water was not as clear as it used to be. Then the deer noticed the first piece of plastic in the water. Shortly, after all deer got sick. Then large masses of garbage started to float in the river, making all animals sick. The colour of the water slowly changed to brownish and the first fish started to float upside down with the debris.
The bear, still healthy, consulted with the other still healthy animals and they decided to find the root of the problem. The walked all the way to the well of the creek and saw a huge plastic monkey in rage throwing all the garbage into the water. The bear was asking the monkey why it was doing this. The monkey answered that it was bored and scared because nobody wanted to have anything to do with it being a plastic monkey. The bear told the monkey that it is perfectly alright to be a plastic monkey and that it would be welcome to join the other animals. It also told him about the terrible consequences of the monkey`s behaviour. The monkey was so shocked and sad that it started to cry and stopped throwing garbage into the rivers.
From then on the rivers and creeks started to become pure again, the animals recovered, and they all lived happily ever after.
Now, have you ever thought of taking a look at the rivers and creeks of your body?
What would we see if we were able to do this? Most probably something which looks like THIS:
Our arteries are clogged by waste material, fat molecules, toxins, most probably calcium pieces. In addition, if you do not get enough oxygen into your blood, your blood cells are lazy and large, rather slugging as mud in the river in the picture. As a result, nutrients and fresh oxygen supplied by the lungs have no chance to pass through all this garbage! Our poor heart tries to pump new blood and pumps, and pumps, but with little result other than generating pressure!
How could we get to this?
Well, basically in the same way the river in China has become what it is now. Constant feeding of unhealthy particles, an unnoticed accumulation of waste material over the years, a build up of toxins from a near chemical plant and a slow deprivation of oxygen! You have a perfect cocktail!
The “river” in our arteries carries everything we put into our body, manufacture in our own chemical plant, and inhale!
1) What do we put into our system?
Basically, everything we swallow or inhale. Mostly, this is not really guided by reason, but what our taste buds tell us and/or what we believe is good for us, yet full of hidden chemicals. Here are a few examples:
Fat/ Bad Cholesterol
Most of us love fat or rather bad cholesterol (known as LDL) in form of meat, sausages, pepperoni, cheese, butter, margarine, nachos, french fries, everything pre-fried because it TASTES SOOOO GOOD! These are large fatty, yellow molecules which simply circulate in your blood stream and cling to any artery wall. Eventually, they will be disposed off in one of our belly cells. (I once had my blood drawn and put into a centrifuge shortly after a very rich breakfast with rolls, butter, sausages, and pan cakes. I was shocked!! You should try it sometime and ask your doctor about it. I will never forget these huge, yellow things wobbling in the container – it changed my mind about food forever!) Anyway, this is what keeps swimming in our bloodstream – yummy!
The effect wouldn’t be too bad (and this has nothing to do with gaining weight) if we also had a huge portion of excellent unsaturated fatty acids derived from vegetables, such as olives, nuts, almonds, avocados, and others. They are the sources of the good cholesterol (known as HDL), which actually fight off the bad guys. These are also badly needed for our nervous system, brain function and the health of our cells walls.
Word of caution: Don’t just get a medication which reduces cholesterol unless prescribed by your physician! Just cut the bad guys out and increase the amount of the good guys!
Protein is good for us! Protein is needed for almost every function of our body, our DNA, the structure of our cells, our blood cells, and many other entities in our system. Did you know that the average intake of protein in the western world per person is about 140 gr per day? Does not seem much, does it? Well, the recommended amount by the WHO and other organisation is about 30 gr per day. Protein, which is not digested properly, circulates in our formerly beautiful clean river, before it is stored somewhere, where it is just out-of-the-way. Protein deposits are also associated with Alzheimer disease known as amyloids, large protein accumulations. Most protein we eat is animal protein, which is difficult to absorb by our body. One piece of meat protein takes around 14 hrs to digest!
This is not to say, that you should not eat protein at all. Rather we need small amounts of high quality protein, derived from lentils, beans, hommus, and some swimming or walking creatures (sorry, I am a vegetarian!)
Word of caution: This is not to say that you should not eat protein. It only suggests to reduce the quantity and rather go for quality and easily digestible protein!
Calcium is good for us! Actually, our bones, teeth, hair, skin, fingernails, and skull all contain this very important mineral. Our heart requires calcium, our nervous system does, too. Calcium also plays a major role in our healing process as we will see later. Whenever we lack this vital mineral, our smart body helps itself and takes what is needed from the vast supply in our body. This is especially true in times of stress, pregnancy (that’s why women in the last century still lost a tooth after labour), or extensive work. Moreover, coffee depletes large amounts of calcium from our body, as do foods which act acidic in our body (a different topic to come).
This is why you are told to drink lots of milk, eat plenty of cheese and yoghurt, and take some calcium supplements. However, if you take too much of this, or the wrong type such as in many calcium tablets which are not absorbed by the body, it simply keeps floating around in our bloodstream and finds a place to hang out for a while – for example in our arteries. The best source of minerals by the way are green plants, especially maritime ones. They store minerals due to their photosynthesis.
Also, the water we drink matters. In some areas the calcium content of tab water is so high that pipes literally clog from calcium build-up and hair sticks in all directions after washing. What it does to arteries and capillaries, one might only guess. Again, this is not the calcium you want. First of all, it is way too much. Secondly, it is not absorbed by the body. Get a filter for your drinking water if you know that your water is very “hard”!
Does it sound confusing? Some calcium is good for you, other is not. It depends on its absorption rate and thus on its compound. Calcium citrate is known to have a high absorption rate. Calcium from yoghurt and plants are easily absorbed. Ask your doctor to check your calcium level in your blood! Furthermore, exercise and exposure to the sun make sure that calcium is properly integrated into our structures!
Calcium also plays an additional vital role in our high blood pressure scenario.
Whenever we encounter a rupture of our inner or outer skin it starts bleeding. A whole array of molecules directly swim to this location in order to repair it. One of them is calcium. It helps to cover the ‘leak’ as fast as possible to prevent further damage. Calcium also plays a crucial role in keeping danger from the rest of the body. For example, breast cell deformations have been found completely encapsulated so that cancer could not spread any further. Amazing, isn’t it? Also, people who had tuberculosis, can be found with calcium capsules around the areas to keep the contamination at bay.
As this shows you once again, how wonderful our body is designed, it also has its drawbacks. When arteries or capillaries are “wounded” due to high blood pressure, calcium also comes to aid and remains after the healing process is over. The more miniature ruptures you have in your arteries, the more calcium deposits there are. If you recall the picture from “Intro into Mechanics” you get an idea what this does to your arterial system. It becomes harder and harder for the blood to flow through. Furthermore, the arteries themselves start hardening. The earlier you combat high blood pressure, the better!
Caution: If you need to substitute calcium or suffer from osteoporosis ask your doc or health care provider for a good supplement. But never take it for a prolonged time without checking your blood test!
Any inflammation we encounter in our lives, aware of or unaware of, produces waste material during the healing process. These again are basically large protein molecules which are pieces from former white blood cells, macrophages and others. Also, waste material is derived from our daily fight against intruders from the outside, such as bacteria, viruses, or toxins. These flow through our arteries before being disposed of. The better our immune system works, the less we have to deal with this material!
Most food contains a load of chemicals. We are exposed to smog, smoke, all sorts of medication, stimulants, environmental pollutants. Whether taken orally or inhaled, these molecules simply also float in the rivers and creeks of our body and eventually accumulate.
2) What we manufacture in our chemical plant
Not enough, there is also a constant stream of internal waste material. The most important chemical plants in our body are the liver and our larger intestines.
The liver is our most precious chemical plant (well, this is a good one!). Without the liver, our largest organ, we would not be able to use anything of what we eat. The liver basically converts everything into something usable for the body. It makes sure, we get enough energy supply from our food, it converts the toxins we take in into less toxic material, it stores some crucial vitamins in our body, breaks down medication, controls our hormone balance and helps us to be healthy.
However, if we strain our liver with overwork from fatty food, alcohol, medication, or environmental toxins (paint, nail polish, household cleaners, smoke), it slowly reduces its metabolic (conversion) capacity. Our chemical plant starts polluting us! More and more toxins, fats, side products such as ammoniac leak into our blood stream because they are not properly taken care of. Also, because all blood passes through the liver, the blood pressure in our system might rise when the liver is impaired. Think of it as some kind of traffic jam. What does it tell you? Get your liver checked and treat it like your best friend! Especially, if you feel constantly tired, suffer from lack of energy, or depression.
Remember what I said about intestines in the beginning? How shocked we would be to see their internal life? This has nothing to do with the frequency of visits to the toilet. Our intestines are a swamp, full of millions of bacteria which outnumber our total amount of cells by far. There are good and bad ones. The good ones help further digest our food and provide a barrier to the walls of our intestines. Like a carpet they cover the walls to make sure that only selected nutrients get into our bloodstream through these thin walls. A lot of commercials have focused on this behaviour during the last years by selling so-called “probiotic”. If you have to take antibiotics, these will also destroy this layer of good bacteria. It is advisable to substitute these with probiotics or simply eat lots of plain yoghurt or kefir for a week after you finish your antibiotics treatment.
On the other hand we might also have some bad guys out there, some candida yeast or Staphylococcus aureus and others. Now, they are really bad in many respects. They live on undigested food, particularly protein, fat, sugars and everything which is available and has not been eliminated on time (usually the whole digestion process slows down as the evening approaches). What they give us in return is a whole range of toxins, starting from sulfuric acid, ammoniac, alcohol and other harmful substances. Furthermore, they also destroy the good bacteria carpet. As a result, all molecules which are potentially harmful to us, leak into our bloodstream via the intestine wall.
Word of caution: Please don’t get the idea, that you might just use some laxatives and everything should be taken care of! You should never take laxatives when you suffer from high blood pressure, as they deprive your body of badly needed minerals which are essential for a proper functioning of the heart, such as potassium and magnesium! Rather start eating your last meal early, just a small portion and easily digestible food, such as soup, a bit of salad, or veggies. Chewing 30 times also helps to digest material better!
3) What we inhale!
As the river shows, lack of oxygen further aggravates the problem. The richer our rivers are in oxygen, the healthier they are. This is also true for the rivers and creeks of our body. Short breathing in closed rooms is bad treatment of our arteries and capillaries. Blood rich in oxygen is fully red and healthy looking, like the creek below! Blood lacking oxygen becomes sluggish and blueish, resembling the river in the above picture.Get out into fresh air as much as possible, inhale and exhale slowly!
Now, as you can see, there is a lot of work to do, if we want to keep our arteries and capillaries healthy, free and not clogged by unhealthy garbage!
Well, the best thing you can to today: STOP POLLUTING YOURSELF! Talk to your plastic monkey, find out what causes all this. Make sure, there will be no further garbage accumulating in your streams and rivers. To sum up this means:
– get the right amount and the right protein!
– stop eating bad cholesterol!
– start eating good cholesterol containing food!
– watch out what sort of calcium and how much you consume!
– eat only small amounts of easily digestible food early in the evening!
– be good to your liver and intestines!
– start breathing fresh air again and replenish your oxygen supply!
– improve your immune system!
This is the absolute minimum of what you can do!Remember, these creeks also run directly through your heart! Do you even want to not only stop your pollution but actually clean up the mess? Do you think it would be worth the time and effort? Is it probably as important to you now as brushing your teeth?
Some docs argue that it is not possible to clean arteries. There are, however, plenty of things you can do to help the cleaning process and prevent further “pollution” of our blood rivers and creeks. Just to give you an idea, how they are supposed to look like:
If you would like to know how, check into my seminar coming up! Meanwhile, please find the source of your pollution and maybe you find your plastic monkey! You better talk to him!
Love your heart!