It’s a well-known fact that heart disease is the leading cause of deaths in North America. As the heart is a muscle that pumps nutrients and oxygenated blood throughout the body, heart disease can develop when the heart doesn’t receive enough oxygen. According to recent studies, chronic inflammation and heart disease are actually more deeply linked than first believed.
Heart disease, otherwise known as cardiovascular disease, is an umbrella term that refers to various disorders that prevent the heart from working properly. Some of these conditions include:
- Heart failure
- Heart muscle disease
- Heart valve disease
- Congenital heart disease
- Coronary artery disease
According to the American Heart Association, there are currently 75 million Americans who suffer from heart disease and the World Health Organization (WHO) claims that it is the leading cause of death in Canada, the USA, Australia, and the UK.
It’s regrettable that even with the wealth of medical and scientific knowledge at our fingertips, a great deal of people still suffer from heart disease.
Unfortunately, what the medical community initially perceived to be the primary culprit of heart disease – cholesterol – wasn’t entirely correct.
In recent years, researchers have made another exciting discovery. There is a larger contributor to the number one global killer, and its name is inflammation.
CHRONIC INFLAMMATION AND HEART DISEASE
Although inflammation is an essential part of the immune system, chronic inflammation is not. Chronic inflammation harms the body instead of healing it, as it simultaneously destroys and heals tissues that cause the immune system to overexert itself.
In 1997, the Physician’s Health Study (an ongoing survey of initially healthy males) discovered a groundbreaking link between heart disease and inflammation via the C-Reactive Protein (CRP). They reported that the presence of CRP indicates the risk of a heart attack, and CRP is a known by-product of inflammation.
Since that report, several studies have elaborated on and agreed with the link between CRP, infection and heart disease. A group of scientists from Stanford University found that people with gene variants linked to inflammation are more likely to suffer from coronary artery disease.
Dr. Dwight Lundell, a veteran heart surgeon claims that, “Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.” In other words, he believes that the presence of cholesterol does not lead to heart disease – the culprit is the cholesterol trapped in the blood vessel wall. This link between chronic inflammation and cardiovascular disease has many healthcare professionals excited for the future treatment of heart disease.
Although there is still much to learn, experts have pinpointed a few perpetrators of chronic inflammation. Not surprisingly, one of the leading causes is excessive consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils found in processed foods and highly processed carbohydrates.
HOW EARTHING CAN HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE
As previously mentioned, inflammation is 100% necessary to stay healthy. It is chronic inflammation that should be curbed. Consuming fresh, unprocessed and nutrient packed foods is an excellent step in the right direction. A healthy regimen, consisting of a wholesome diet and regular exercise, is your best defence against the risk of chronic inflammation and heart disease.
Earthing, or grounding, is another effective way of fighting chronic inflammation and the onset of cardiovascular disease. When you’re grounded, it allows for better transference of the Earth’s negatively charged free electrons to your body. These powerful antioxidants help to neutralize the build-up of positively charged free radicals that cause chronic inflammation, cell damage and oxidative stress within your system.
Another way that Earthing can help to reduce the risk of heart disease is by thinning the blood and make it less viscous. It also helps to prevent blood clots and elevated blood pressure.
Aside from strengthening the cardiovascular system, research has shown that grounding can lead to several other health benefits, including:
- Improvements in heart rate,
- A decline in skin resistance,
- Pain relief,
- Improve sleep and
- Enhanced cortisol cycles.
The most essential grounding method is simply walking barefoot outdoors. For other ways of grounding in your daily life, you can sleep on Earthing bed sheets, use an Earthing pad at work or wear Earthing bands as you exercise. You can choose from our many Earthing products available.
If you are living with or are at-risk of heart disease, start grounding to feel better and fight the negative health effects of chronic inflammation.