Electrolytes and your heart

We have seen how lowering cholesterol is not a good idea and how the supposedly “bad” cholesterol is not bad at all, but it is used by the body to transport cholesterol, fats and fat soluble vitamins that are essential for health. One of these fat soluble vitamins is vitamin K. Without LDL carrying it our heart will suffer. But what is vitamin K?, how are electrolytes and vitamin K related? How is it that such an important mineral like calcium can cause dangerous calcification of our blood vessels? Let’s start our discussion talking about what electrolytes are and what they do in the body.

Electrolytes, the spark of life.

Electrolytes, according to Dr. Bernard Jensen in his book “Come Alive!”, make up 70-80% of all minerals in the body and are so vital to health that life couldn’t be possible without them. The electrolytes are: sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, bicarbonate, phosphate and sulfate.

If we look up the definition in the dictionary, electricity is defined as ‘a fundamental form of energy observable in positive and negative forms that occurs naturally (as in lightning) or is produced (as in a generator) that is expressed in terms of the movement and interaction of electrons’ This is exactly how electrolytes work in the body and in the heart. More specifically, an electrolyte can split into two electrically-charged particles (ions) when dissolved in a fluid like water or blood plasma where they can conduct electricity. It is this ability to conduct electricity that makes electrolytes essential for heart health. When electricity doesn’t flow correctly we can experience a ‘shortcircuit’, a problem with heart rhythm.

Electrolytes are always active and changing, they enter the body in a specific combination, like calcium aspartate, but as soon as they are dissolved in the blood or lymph, they split up into two charged ions. In the case of calcium aspartate, we get calcium + aspartate. Then they can move from one electrical level to another, recombining with other ions as they continue changing, working and influencing one another and the cells around them.

The body is an electrical generator

Dr. Bernard Jensen explained that the electricity carried by charged particles in our body is the same we find in lightning, although smaller. “Life is movement and movement is caused by electrical impulses…as well as by changes in blood pressure, fluid volume and the physical pumping of the heart”. When electrolytes split into two oppositely charged minerals, these minerals come alive. In their electrically charged form, minerals can attach themselves to proteins to become parts of enzymes, coenzymes, hormones, vitamins, nucleic factors and other very important substances in the body. Sodium and potassium even play an active part in the transmission of electrical impulses from one nerve cell to another.

In addition, there is an energy field around every internal organ that changes depending on the health of the organ. If you ever heard of ‘auras’ you know auras are the electric energy around our body that can be photographed with Kirlian photography. A sick person will emanate a ‘dimmer’ aura than a healthy person. Each organ, he said, has its own electrical charge. Calcium for example has a positive charge and is found in the hard tissues like bones, teeth, cartilage, while the soft tissues are negatively charged.

Functions of electrolytes in the body.

Electrolytes provide the electrically charged ions that take part in:

  1. Helping sustain balance in the body and helping the body use nutrients. Dr. Bernard Jensen quotes Dr. Quigley saying ” people with a sufficient intake of calcium, iron and iodine plus vitamins will have a resistance against ordinary disease…fatigue, will be able to retain all physical faculties to a greater age and will have a better mind than the person who suffers from some single or multiple vitamin or mineral deficiency. The various vitamins and minerals are all necessary”. When all the systems are in balance the body’s internal chemistry can work properly. This is why a balanced nutrition is so important because all and each of the nutrients work together and they must all be present in adequate amounts.
  2. Keeping the acid-alkaline balance in the body. The normal state of the blood is slightly alkaline, limited to a range between 7.3 pH to 7.45. Neutral is 7, acidic is below 7, and above 7 is alkaline. This is important to mention because most of the mineral processes in the body can only happen in the narrow pH between 7.35 and 7.45 and a temperature close to 98.6 F. This is the temperature at which the body’s enzymes are designed to trigger mineral processes. Certain electrolytes constantly neutralize acids to keep the pH of the blood at the right range. The acid-alkaline balance is kept in check by the electrolytes. This makes them very important for health. What is more, calcium is alkaline, when our blood is too acidic our body will make calcium leak from our bones to try to alkalinize the blood again. This is not a desirable situation. The major cause of acidity in the blood is a diet high in refined sugars , which can cause calcium loss from our bones , and many other problems. Another major cause of calcium loss is drinking carbonated drinks. It is more prevalent nowadays to find young teens, specially girls, having bone fractures.
  3. Nerve transmission. Nerves are like living wires that conduct electricity. As nerve cells are next to each other, the ‘head’ of one touches the ‘foot’ of the next one. Potassium is found inside the cells, sodium outside. As nerve impulses pass from cell to cell, the sodium ions move inside the cell and potassium leaves the cell. The nerve impulse jumps the space found between cells (called synapse) and enters the head of the next nerve cell till it reaches its destination. As it passes, the potassium ions re-enter the cell and sodium leaves the cell. The key for this transport of electricity is electrolytes.
  4. Muscle contraction. What makes muscle contraction possible is electrically charged calcium ions, which are released when a nerve signal reaches a muscle cell. The energy for the contraction is provided by two phosphate-containing substances, which are transformed into energy with magnesium and enzymes working together. Muscle contraction then depends on the electrically charged ions of calcium, magnesium and phosphate, initiated by a nerve impulse that requires potassium and sodium at every nerve synapse that travels through the nerve impulse from the brain to the muscle. From this we can infer how all these electrolytes help the heart muscle contract, making them essential for heart health.
  5. Osmotic pressure. This refers to the movement of water through the cell’s membrane into a more concentrated solution in order to equalize the concentrations of both on the two sides of the membrane. This is facilitated by electrolytes.
  6. Maintaining the proper mineral and water balance of the body. Body fluid volume depends on sodium. While sodium and potassium are found together in the body, potassium is usually conserved in the body, while sodium is usually excreted through urine or sweat . Up to 8 grams can be lost in one day of hard work. Salt depletion is marked by fatigue, dizziness, cramps, nausea and vomiting and it goes together with water loss. The best way to turn this is to drink water and/or eat fresh vegetables. This is specially important for the elderly and children in very hot summer days, and people on a low salt diet. Not replenishing the electrolytes can be deadly!

Sodium protects the gastrointestinal walls, the joints and synovial membranes. It also helps keep calcium in solution. Potassium protects the heart and muscles. Potassium is twice as abundant in the body as sodium.

A note about salt.

Table salt (sodium and chloride) overdoses the body with sodium the body cannot use. Table salt sodium is not food sodium, it behaves more like a drug than a food. It causes water to be held in the tissues. Food sodium , however, disperses little by little in the blood as the food is broken down, digested and assimilated. Food sodium is assimilated and stored in the walls of the stomach and the bowel, where it neutralizes excess acids and protects the stomach and the bowel from acids. Sodium is also stored in the joints where it keeps them flexible and prevents calcium from coming out of solution to deposit in the joints as spurs.

A good move for your heart health is to replace table salt with sea salt. Sea salt is evaporated sea water electrically charged with solar energy. It contains all the minerals in a balanced way so it is a great way to replenish your electrolytes. Dissolving 1/2 to 1 tsp of sea salt in water is a better option to replenish lost electrolytes than many ‘energy’ drinks which are loaded with sugar and other things the body doesn’t need. This is a must in very hot days or when you are exercising and sweating a lot.

To learn more about the importance of electrolytes in the diet , please tune in next week. Thanks for reading.

Dangers of electrolyte deficiency

Electrolyte deficiency can cause the following health problems: Aging, chronic fatigue, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, skin problems, clogged arteries, digestive problems, allergies, arthritis, eye problems, hyperactivity, ADD, infertility, heart disease, cancer, constipation and sinus infections.

Electrolytes can be lost by vomiting, diarrhea, high fevers, sweating or overexercising in hot weather, even drinking too much water can flush them out of the body and cause an imbalance. Babies are specially vulnerable to electrolyte loss. If electrolytes are not replenished fast enough it can cause death. Physical and mental stress deplete them. In a study it was shown how five days of intense stress can deplete from 9 to 44% of the body’s electrolytes. Another study showed how the mortality rate in a group of 35-74 year old white males was higher in a geographical area where certain minerals were depleted from the soil and water.

The most common cause of mineral deficiency is soil depletion, which makes it depleted in the foods we eat. Unless soil depletion is something we can change, supplementation is the best alternative.

Calcium and magnesium

Calcium is found in the body in:

  1. Teeth enamel, which is almost 100% calcium phosphate. 99% of the body’s calcium is in the bones and teeth. The enamel of teeth has more mineral content than any other tissue, gland or organ in the body including bones.
  2. Bone. Bones are made up of calcium, a protein framework (35% of the total skeleton weight) and the other electrolytes.

Calcium is one of the minerals that is unsufficient in large amounts of the population. Specially premenopausal women don’t have enough calcium in their diets to serve as a reserve for the calcium needed for the postmenopausal loss when hormone levels change. Because of this, osteoporosis, (a calcium deficiency disease), is almost an epidemic in postmenopausal women. When there is not enough calcium in the diet, the body will ‘borrow’ it from bones to compensate for the deficiency.

Calcium is used in the clotting of blood. Also, it works with magnesium to prevent the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Both calcium and magnesium combine with certain enzymes that break down food, produce energy, form proteins and help make DNA. Together with sodium and potassium, calcium and magnesium are among the most important of electrolytes. Phosphates work together with calcium in major energy production cycles.

A very important factor regarding calcium is assimilation, people with low stomach acid cannot absorb it. If calcium is not dissolved when it reaches the small intestine it is excreted. According to pharmacist Ben Fuchs, calcium also needs vitamin K to be absorbed. This is a very important aspect in calcium metabolism and it’s one that often gets overlooked, accounting for the dangerous calcification of soft tissue: arteries, heart, brain and kidneys. According to him, “In the absence of Vitamin K,… calcium can begin to accumulate in the blood and in various tissues. This accumulation is referred to as “calcification”… It means a hardening of soft tissues and fluids. Vessels are especially prone to calcification. This can result in poor blood flow and further impaired health”.

He explains vitamin K helps some proteins in the body make ‘hooks’ that ‘catch’ calcium and thereby do their work of clotting and clearing the blood, contract muscles, keep your heart healthy, and help nerve cells fire. Almost everything a cell does is somehow related to these proteins, their chemical hooks and their ability to “catch” calcium. Without these hooks no matter what else you’re doing for your health, e.g. supplementing, working out, eating correctly you will still be at higher risk for all kinds of degenerative, breakdown diseases. One of the most important roles for these hooked proteins is to help regulate calcium levels. Essentially, these hooked proteins can help mop up excess calcium. Without hooks these proteins can’t do their calcium mopping work and calcium can begin to accumulate in the blood.”

How can we take vitamin K? one way is through food: fermented soy product called natto, organ meats (especially liver), cottage cheese, hard cheese and butter. Another way is supplements, vitamin K is available in two main forms K1 and K2. Vitamin K2 which is more potent and has better anti-calcification properties than Vitamin K1. 1000-5000 mcg a day is a good dose. Since vitamin K is a fatty vitamin, it depends on cholesterol to be transported through the blood.

Sources of calcium in the diet are leafy green vegetables, raw goat milk, nuts, seeds, ripe olives, dried fruits, white beans, lima beans, lentils , broccoli, hard cheeses, green snap beans , etc. Best sources of magnesium are leafy green vegetables, dulse, poultry, fish etc. However, because of soil depletion and farming techniques it is hard to know how much we are getting from the diet. The best way to get them is supplementing. The products I highly recommend are:

  1. Sea salt which has all the minerals, instead of table salt which only has two. If you use sea salt regularly in your cooking, it will allow your body to be flooded with minerals so when you take your other nutrients, they will be absorbed better.
  2. Calcium Extract from Healthy Hearts Club which will give you calcium in liquid form so it’s easier for the body to absorb.
  3. High doses of vitamin K2, Carlson Labs has a product with 5 grams per pill, you can find it online.
  4. Then, it would be a good idea to use some ocean ‘mineral’ like seaweed. Dr. Bernard Jensen has a product called ” Nova Scotia Dulse” that is very high in minerals, which he personally recommended for his patients.
  5. Vitamin A+D. They both work together so it’s best to take them together. Carlson Labs has a vitamin good quality A+D product without soy. Around 20,000 IU per day is a good dose.
  6. Taurine. This amazing amino acid will not only help you assimilate your electrolytes, it will also help you absorb fats. According to Ben Fuchs, it “Helps lower blood pressure and improves the excretion of excess fluid which takes pressure off of blood vessels. Strengthens heart muscle and helps maintain calcium balance in heart cells. Critical in maintaining heart muscle contraction.” It is very unexpensive, you can buy 8 oz. for $4 , and it goes to work right away. The best form is in powder rather than pills. If you feel your heart is racing and you need to slow your heartbeat, taurine has a calming effect on the heart’s electrical energy. It is a must for heart health! We will be talking more extensively about taurine in our next blogs. Please stay tuned!

In conclusion, the body needs a balance of all the nutrients. Since calcium needs other nutrients to be absorbed, it is a good idea to have them all present in the diet.

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Atherosclerosis is reversible

What if you could learn to reverse one of the most dreaded degenerative diseases we face today? Atherosclerosis (arteriosclerosis), the buildup of plaque in the arteries leading to heart disease is, according to Dr. Levy, easy to prevent when we understand how it starts: “deficiency of vitamin C in the innermost lining of the arteries… Once this intima is damaged by lack of vitamin C, he explains, a plaque-building process starts that, independent of individual different cardiac risk factors, always results in arterial blockage”. How would you like to have the tools in your own hands that can help you not only prevent this disease but reverse it? Please read on to find out.

Coronary Heart Disease is Arterial Scurvy.

In his book “Stop America’s # 1 killer!” Dr Levy explains that vitamin C deficiency can manifest in specific areas of the body while the rest of the body is in the normal level. This is the case of arterial scurvy, periodontal disease and cataracts. But what causes vitamin C to be deficient only in a specific area of the body and not in the rest of the body? His answer is “Significant daily toxin exposure causes toxins to keep oxidizing vitamin C stores making it unavailable to tissues”. Let us look in detail at how atherosclerosis starts and how it develops through the different stages of degeneration.

The Genesis of Arterial Narrowings and Blockages.

Arteries are blood vessels that deliver blood away from the heart. The blood pressure needed to bring blood to the farthest organs in the body puts great stress in the big arteries close to the heart. It is in these arteries under the highest pressure where atherosclerosis mostly happens (it’s very uncommon to find atherosclerosis in the small capillaries). High blood pressure and atherosclerosis then go hand in hand , with the first probably being the main factor for the second.

To understand arterial narrowings, it would be good to understand the anatomy of the artery. The artery wall is composed of 3 layers:

  1. Intima: Innermost layer, it’s composed of a thin layer of connective tissue high in collagen.
  2. Media: Consisting of an inner layer of elastic fibers, a thick layer of smooth muscle cells contained by another outer layer of elastic fibers and collagen fibers intertwined through the muscle layer.
  3. Adventitia: A very dense structure of collagen, elastic fibers, smooth muscle cells and fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are cells that multiply to produce different types of connective tissue like cartilage, collagen, bone, tendon, etc. Vitamin C deficiency will keep fibroblasts from making collagen and proteins and cause mature fibroblasts to become weak.

Furthermore, our blood vessel cells are surrounded by a ‘glue’ called ‘ground substance’ which literally holds many of our tissues together. It is a gel-like framework with connective tissue cells and fibers intertwined. Ground substance has a lot of very large molecules known as glycoproteins, which are composed of protein, carbohydrates and in the presence of vitamin C interconnect to form a thick gel that binds our cells together. Vitamin C is essential for this glue to stay strong.

When vitamin C is low, the process of atherosclerosis progresses in this order:

One, when vitamin C is deficient the ‘glue’ becomes loose, runny and watery, breaking down the vessel wall. This is the first step in atherosclerosis. Glycoprotein is then found leaking into the blood.

Two, the loss of stiffness causes the ground substance to change from water-insoluble to water-soluble, which allows unwanted substances (Calcium, fats and cholesterol) to accumulate there by crossing inside the inner wall and causing thickening as a result. This protective thickening acts as a compensation mechanism for the loss of ‘glue’ but it also begins narrowing the arterial diameter. What is more, this thickening can keep vitamin C and other nutrients from reaching deep into the tissues where they are needed.

Three, the body further tries to fortify this weak area with fibroblasts (collagen and fiber), while macrophages (a type of white blood cell) enter the intima to eat up the invading cholesterol, fats and calcium. All of this translates into more thickening of the wall.

Four, all this leads to the second stage of atherosclerosis: the accumulation of cells in the intima area of the blood vessel, specially macrophages that eat up the unwanted substances. As more lipids get deposited, more macrophages show up clearly thickening the area where the artery was first deficient in vitamin C. Furthermore, the lack of vitamin C in the area promote the invasion of inflammatory agents like toxins from a root-canal treated teeth or periodontal disease, making the development of atherosclerosis much more pronounced. This will become a downward spiral as infection and toxicity deplete the area of much needed vitamin C. Until vitamin C levels in the arteries normalize, the degenerative process of atherosclerosis will continue mercilessly. A constant supply of vitamin C is needed.

This constant supply is even more important because collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, accounting for 30% of the body’s total protein content, and it is collagen’s characteristic stiffness that makes our organs resistant to rupture. Tissues high in collagen are: tendons, ligaments, cornea, lens, skin, bone, teeth, cartilage, heart valves, blood vessels, smooth muscles, gut and some organs, also the tissue surrounding cells.

Five, in advanced stages of atherosclerosis, capillaries develop inside blockages to provide some blood supply. Capillaries are thin compared to the arteries close to the heart, consisting only of the intima layer and they are so tiny they only allow one single row of red blood cells to pass through. This exposes these frail capillaries to blood pressures that can rupture them and cause bleeding in the plaque itself resulting in total blockage of the artery. The end result can be a heart attack when blood flow is dramatically reduced.

High BP and Vitamin C deficiency.

High blood pressure can start atherosclerosis by overtaxing collagen deprived blood vessel walls. For the artery to keep its strength in the presence of high blood pressure, the collagen in the 3 layers of the artery has to be optimal in quantity and quality. For this, vitamin C has to be taken on a regular basis. Scarred tissue is more sensitive than normal connective tissue to vitamin C deficiency and needs more vitamin C than healthy tissue. When the levels of vitamin C remain low for a long time, adequate amounts of collagen and proteins cannot be synthesized and the body has to compensate with something called ‘proliferative reaction‘ in order to strengthen the vessel wall. It does this by stimulating intense cellular multiplication with fibroblasts in the intima and media over areas deficient in collagen. Ironically, these plaques are high in collagen. Since they are in direct contact with the blood, this allows them to pick vitamin C better. But while collagen production is increasing in the plaque it can still deficient in the artery if vitamin C is deficient in the body. What is more, the deeper areas (the media) of the atherosclerosis blood vessel remain weak even when the layer on top (the intima) is being thickened by new fibers. These advanced lesions known as fibrous plaques can become sites of hemorrhage, complete blood vessel blockage and/or calcification. The slightest hemorrhage will provoke more plaque growth proving that advanced atherosclerosis plaques are more difficult to reverse than early lesions.

All this process we have just described affects the epicardial arteries, which are those outside the heart, specially those arteries concentrated in areas of highest physical stress such as points of branching. These arteries are exposed with only the resistance offered by the blood vessel itself. However, advanced atherosclerosis does not happen in arteries within the heart: the intramyocardial coronary arteries. These have a dense strong heart muscle surrounding them and even when they are depleted of collagen there is no need for compensating their weakness. Thus, high blood pressure is only a risk factor for atherosclerosis when the deficiency of vitamin C is been long term, the arterial walls are depleted and have no additional support around them.

Vitamin C deficiency then acts in two ways: increasing blood pressure and the high blood pressure damages the artery wall in return. On the contrary, sufficient vitamin C lowers blood pressure and this reduces the development of atherosclerosis.

Inflammation and Vitamin C deficiency.

Inflammation is a “protective response to the injury or destruction of tissue, aiming to lessen the injuring agent and wall off the injured area” It is this walling off that becomes the problem, because when an injured area in the body is walled off in an attempt to protect it, it cannot receive the nutrition (vitamin C, etc) and oxygen it needs and it cannot be detoxified either. This leads to more inflammation, which leads to more starvation and toxification, turning it into a dangerous downward spiral. Inflammation then can cause low vitamin C and severe cardiovascular disease.

Many if not all causes of arterial inflammation deplete Vitamin C.

Chronic dental disease that goes unchecked, like root canal-treated teeth has been associated with chronic inflammation in atherosclerosis with increased risk of heart attack from the total blockage of a heart artery according to Dr. Levy. The way this happens is the diseased teeth release toxins into the blood, these toxins then target the arterial wall. When this happens vitamin C depletion can start. Since vitamin C is a powerful anti microbial, the lack of vitamin C in areas with progressing atherosclerosis can allow the microbes to colonize there. These microbes attack the blood vessels first even if the rest of the body is also vitamin C deficient. Lack of vitamin C can encourage the presence of these microbes therefore promoting more inflammation. Toxins released in the blood stream will deplete the circulating vitamin C, keeping it low in the arteries and facilitating the further invasion of these toxins. Any kind of infection like diphtheria, measles, pneumonia, viral infections like HIV etc then act as a form of atherosclerosis-inducing-disease and cause death of the arterial tissue . The rate of development of atherosclerosis can be fast in the case of infection but also the reversal.

What is more, infections can contribute to atherosclerosis by generating autoimmune reactions against the blood vessel. In this case, the immune system attacks places that are altered. An infected organ looks like something foreign to the body, so it starts mobilizing immune cells and antibodies to attack this altered tissue just as if it was a foreign invader. Vitamin C has also been proven to work very efficiently in these cases of auto-immunity.

To learn how you can reverse this process please tune in next week. Thanks for reading.

Practical suggestions for reversing atherosclerosis.

Is there a way to stop your heart artery narrowings from continuing to progress? Is there a way to open up existing narrowings without surgery? Dr Levy believes the answer is yes. He recommends a protocol whose effectivity is backed by scientific evidence. It consists of a total dental revision requiring proper removal of root canal treated teeth, abscessed teeth, dental implants, proper treatment of chronic periodontal disease, cleaning of all cavitations and replacement of mercury amalgam fillings, crowns etc with biocompatible materials. Doing this in the first place will eliminate the toxicity and infections which are constantly depleting the body of antioxidant stores in the body. As it has been discussed so far, these high levels of toxicity are related to high incidence of atherosclerosis, but also cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis, etc, all of which have been linked to the same lack of antioxidant defenses needed to reverse such conditions.

Dr Levy asserts “the only way to begin the proper restoration of health in a heart patient is the proper extraction of all root canal-treated teeth which involves more than mere extraction … the bony sockets must be properly cleaned after the extraction, or chronically infected holes (cavitations) will form and remain after superficial healing has closed over the holes”. Toxic pockets of infection in the jawbone are pathologically identical to gangrene. Dr Levy found that when these patients’ jawbones are explored closely even years after the extractions long channels of toxic cavitation are found as pockets expand and merge forming literal tunnels of gangrene.

Other sources of extreme toxicity include:
  1. Chronic periodontal disease: It involves toxins and bacteria trapped in an oxygen-deprived environment. To treat it the patient must give up smoking. Secondly, the regular use of high intensity warm water mixed with 3% hydrogen peroxide irrigation will resolve periodontal disease even when advanced. Bleeding is normal and it should resume after a week of using this method. This should be done 2-3 times a day. Growth of new gum will occur in the first week of this therapy.
  2. Abscessed teeth. They need prompt extraction followed by proper cleaning of the socket. Previous sites of extractions should be cleaned. Dr Levy found it common for extracted teeth explored decades afterwards to still contain the cavitation in 90% of the cases, it’s for this reason that it is necessary to revise them several times before new bone can regrow and eliminate the cavitation as a continuous source of toxicity.
  3. Toxic dental fillings like mercury, stainless steel crowns, braces and plates are all sources of great toxicity. Nickel is carcinogenic and has been shown to deplete vitamin C. They all need to be properly replaced with non-toxic materials.
  4. Dental implants are another source of dental toxicity and chronic infection. The routine method consists of a piece of nickel screwed into the bone in the recent extraction which is already infected. The placement of toxic metal into the bone initiates an autoimmune reaction in the body that will not stop until the implant is removed.

For any of these conditions he recommends finding a dentist familiar with these procedures. Check his website to find one: http://www.peakenergy.com/

Minimization of dietary toxicity.

If you absolutely cannot follow the dental protocol, Dr. Levy recommends to focus on the rest of the protocol which he outlines as follows:

  1. Minimize high glycemic foods and refined sugars. They both promote heart disease by releasing sugar rapidly into the blood stream, which competes with vitamin C for access into the cells.
  2. Chew all foods extremely well: food that is not broken down properly will create a toxic gut. Saliva gets digestion started, chewing food right makes sure it is all bathed in it.
  3. Eliminate milk: milk combines poorly with a long list of foods causing bloating and digestive discomfort.
  4. Eat plenty of vegetables.
  5. Choose proper food combinations: this minimizes toxicity of the gut, which can be caused by poorly digested protein. A constipated gut with rotting food will produce toxins similar to those of diseased mouth. Less than a bowel movement a day is a sign of toxicity.
  6. Supplement with high antioxidant nutrients: Ascorbic acid (3-6 grams/day) , magnesium glycinate (up to 2 grams), vitamin k2, vitamin E (400 IU-1,000), B vitamins, CoQ10, Glutathione, N-acetyl-cysteine, MSM, etc.

To sum up, atherosclerosis does not have to be the deadly disease it is. There are things we can do to stop it an reverse it. First, minimize toxicity in your body , then follow a high anti-oxidant diet.

Thank for reading. Stay healthy. Till next time.