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      The stats tell it all: The number one cause of death in the United States is heart disease. That’s right, more than any other disease – even cancer (a close second) – heart disease is the most likely to kill you. The United States is currently facing a “diabesity” epidemic, or a substantial increase in the prevalence of metabolic syndrome leading to diabetes and obesity, all serious risk factors for heart disease.

      According to the American Heart Association, every 34 seconds someone in the US dies of a heart attack. By the time you finish reading this paragraph, another person will have lost their life. Sadly, many people do not even know they have heart disease until they experience a heart attack. These facts alone make Heart Health a critical topic to understand.

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    • Skin Health

      The gut-skin connection is very significant. Inflammatory processes present in the gut may manifest on the skin. Toxins are expelled with sweat, and can cause the skin to react. Like the inside of the digestive tract, the skin is covered in microbes which can be neutral, protective or pathogenic. Skin reaction may reflect what is going on inside the body. Therefore treating skin conditions only from the outside will often be ineffective and lead to other chronic issues.

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    • Brain Health

      The gut-brain connection occurs in two directions—from the brain to the gut, and from the gut to the brain. When a person has a “gut feeling,” or an emotional upset causes a stomachache or loss of appetite, they experience examples of the first, most familiar direction. When the gut is out of balance, inflammation results leading to a condition commonly known as leaky gut. A leaky gut will allow undigested food particles and toxins to enter into the bloodstream. Some may cross into the brain, setting the stage for diseases like Alzheimers and dementia. Recognizing the underlying contributing factors that created the gut imbalance in the first place is the first step to achieving optimal brain function .

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Heart Health

sub_heartInflammation is a major factor of cardiovascular issues. Low-grade, silent systemic inflammation plays a big role in the development of many components of this condition.

Silent inflammation can be triggered by what occurs in the gut. Impaired digestion as the result of poor diet, imbalance of gut bacteria, food sensitivities or allergies, insufficient enzymes, constipation and stress triggers an inflammatory state that damages the intestinal lining.

The resultant intestinal permeability, or leaky gut allows dangerous proteins and toxins into the bloodstream generating silent inflammation that travels throughout the body and leads to the components of cardiovascular disease.

The gut connection to cardiovascular disease highlights the importance of obtaining and maintaining healthy digestion through diet, lifestyle and natural health approaches; all of which create the basis upon which good heart health is built.

Cardiovascular Issues

Cardiovascular Issues

What Is It? Cardiovascular disease (CVD) refers to a class of diseases associated with damage to the arteries. CVD is the number one cause of death in the United States. The most common cardiovascular diseases and conditions will be mentioned here. They include: Atherosclerosis (see in bold below): • Coronary artery disease • Carotid artery disease […]

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome

What Is It? The metabolic syndrome is identified as a group of metabolic abnormalities that, when present together, may lead to the development of cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes. In short, a person will present with abdominal fat, along with two other diagnostic markers. The additional markers are high blood sugar, blood fats, or blood […]