By now, everyone is familiar with the link between environmental toxins and heart health. Thousands of studies have been conducted across the world associating certain toxins such as pesticides and dioxin to cardiovascular problems, including high blood pressure and heart attacks. However, with all of the research, scientists still could not clearly link these environmental toxins directly to a cause for cardiovascular problems, until now.

Heart Health Research

The study, conducted by researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden, measured the levels of a variety of environmental toxins, many of which are now illegal in Sweden, in over 1,000 residents of the small industrial college town. Even though many of the measured substances have been banned for many years, they are still present in the air and soil, even in some foods.

Swedish researchers took those measurements and compared them to the health of each participants arteries and the amount of plaque build-up in the carotid artery. According to Time Healthland, when fatty plaques accumulate on the inner walls of coronary arteries — known as atherosclerosis — it hardens and narrows the blood vessels, reducing the flow of blood to the heart; if an area of plaque ruptures, blocking blood flow completely, it can cause heart attack.

The study displayed on extremely strong association between seven environmental toxins and increased amounts of plaque build-up in the carotid artery. This link points to the fact that environmental toxins do, in fact, increase plaque build-up which, in turn, increases an individual’s risk for heart disease.

To be sure of their findings, the Swedish researchers are following up the study to see whether the exposure to these environmental toxins actually increases their risk for heart attack and stroke, even as the plaque build-up link points to that conclusion.

Heart Health Solutions

So, how do you keep your heart healthy when there are so many uncontrollable factors, such as environmental toxins, working against you? Here are some tips:

  • Avoid the toxins that you can control such as tobacco use, chew and/or smoking, and aerosols, pesticides that can still be found in commercial fruits and vegetables, mold and fungus, plastic bottles, some building materials, and more.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. This will get your heart pumping, and while you can’t control the fact that there might already be toxins in your system, you can control how your body reacts to it by pumping blood through the arteries at an accelerated rate.
  • Maintain a heart healthy diet that includes red meat, diary, and organic fruits and vegetables. Avoid toxic foods such as deep-fried fast foods, packaged snack foods, ‘tv dinners,’ and processed foods.

Maintaining a heart healthy diet includes getting enough nitric oxide and L-arginine that contain health-enhancing properties, giving your heart the strength it needs to combat environmental toxins. L-arginine and nitric oxide have been proven by Nobel Prize recipients to greatly support cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of heart disease by increasing blood flow to vital organs and assisting in overall blood circulation. Talk to us for more information.

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