Arteries are thick blood vessels that transport oxygen and vital nutrients from your heart to the rest of your body. Plaque is a fatty substance made up mostly of cholesterol. Your arteries can harden and lose their elasticity when plaque accumulates in your arteries. This is medically termed arteriosclerosis. This condition can restrict blood flow and cause a stroke or heart attack. Fortunately, arteriosclerosis is a treatable and preventable condition. By employing all the methods below, you can effectively eliminate plaque build-up from your arteries.
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Take a dietary supplement that will reduce your blood cholesterol levels. Garlic is an effective supplement that contains a powerful chemical called allicin which acts to lower the "bad" cholesterol levels in your blood. It also increases the "good" cholesterol called low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Garlic is an anticoagulant that reduces blood clots and plaque formation that can lead to strokes and other fatal heart illnesses. Take one 500 mg tablet once daily.
Avoid eating foods high in cholesterol. Fattening junk foods such as French fries, hamburgers and doughnuts are rich in cholesterol. These kinds of food promote the accumulation of plaque in your arteries and cause arterial hardening. Eat a cardiovascular healthy diet which includes whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruit.
Exercise for at least one hour every day. Exercising hastens your blood circulation, causing blood to flow faster through your arteries which prevent the build-up of plaque in your arteries. Do high impact exercises such as jogging, swimming and aerobics on a daily basis.
Quit smoking and avoid second-hand smoke. The nicotine in cigarettes is toxic and cancerous. This chemical can cause your arteries to constrict and cause high blood pressure which can lead to plaque accumulation in your arteries. Talk to your physician about purchasing products that will help you stop smoking. You can avoid breathing second-hand smoke by carrying a clean surgical mask with you at all times.
Perform therapeutic yoga. Yoga exercises strengthen your cardiovascular system and helps reduce plaque build-up by enhancing your blood flow in your arteries. Yoga also improves your capacity to do other exercises. Talk to a yoga instructor in your area to learn about yoga specific exercises to prevent heart ailments.
Tips and warnings
- You must consult your physician before embarking on any self-treatments for coronary heart disease.
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