How to unclog arteries?
Your arteries may clog when there is a buildup on the inside. This reduces blood flow and causes various complications. If this has happened to you, learn how to unclog arteries.
Clogged arteries are a major risk factor for atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. One of the main factors influencing this blockage is a bad lifestyle and a poor diet.
Unclogging your arteries without surgical interventions can be difficult, but there are things you can do to put a halt and prevent further buildups.
In this article, I have put together essential practices to help you heal your arteries, prevent future buildups, promote a healthy heart, and prevent complications associated with clogged arteries.
What causes clogged arteries?
Clogged arteries cause narrowing of the arterial diameter, making it difficult for smooth blood flow.
It occurs when there is an accumulation of cholesterol, calcium, cellular waste, fibrin, and fatty substances leading to plaque formation.
This happens when too much cholesterol in the blood is followed by two major alterations: oxidation and chronic inflammation.
Arterial clogging is a slow process that can start in childhood and progress as you age.
It begins when there is an injury to the arterial wall. The common causes of such damage include
- High cholesterol and triglyceride in the blood
- Cigarette smoking
- High blood pressure
- Poor diet
- Excessive sugars
- Refined foods
Smoking is the main contributor to plaque formation. It causes irritation and damage to the blood vessel walls. This stimulates the deposition of cholesterol and other fatty deposits, which accelerates the formation and growth of the plaque.
Over time, the accumulated cholesterol undergoes oxidation resulting in chronic inflammation. This then attracts immune cells such as macrophages which engulf and ingest LDL cholesterol, causing foam cells that promote further inflammation and plaque formation.
How to reverse clogged arteries naturally?
Unfortunately, there is no magical pill to get the work done all at once. Unclogging arteries requires persistence and intention as far as eliminating the risk factors and improving your lifestyle is concerned. You must first make that decision then set strategies to help you achieve your main goal.
Some of the things you can do to unclog your arteries naturally include:
1. Quit smoking
Nicotine present in cigarettes is the main culprit when it comes to arterial plaque formation. It irritates the arterial lining, causing inflammation which facilitates plaque formation.
Also, nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes cause constriction of blood vessels, thus limiting the amount of blood flowing to your blood vessels. This may result in complications such as high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease.
Quitting smoking may not only stop further arterial plaque formation, but it can increase HDL (good cholesterol), which is necessary for a healthy heart and general body functions.
Smoking is a habit that can be pretty difficult to stop; however, you can do it with a determined and made-up mind. Joining smoke cessation programs may be an excellent place to start.
2. Consume high vitamin K2 foods to keep calcium out of the arteries
When calcium accumulates in the blood, it combines with cholesterol, which stimulates the process of plaque formation.
Calcium accumulation is common in chronic smokers, those with an overactive thyroid, taking too much vitamin D and calcium supplements, some medical disorders, and certain medication.
The most effective way to get rid of excess calcium in blood is by consuming foods rich in vitamin K2, such as natto (a Japanese dish made from fermented soybeans) and sauerkraut.
Vitamin K2 lowers further vascular damage by inhibiting calcium deposition in the walls.
Unfortunately, the standard western diet does not contain this vitamin, and people don’t consume enough of it even on a healthy diet.
3. Increase your tocotrienol intake
Tocotrienol is a type of vitamin E that suppresses, regresses, and slows clogging in the arteries. Tocopherol is another type of vitamin E that may suppress plaque formation. However, it does not cause regression or slow progression.
Tocotrienol is also a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicles that damage the arterial walls and cause inflammation.
The best plant sources of tocotrienols include
- Sunflower seeds
- Grapeseed oil
- Olive oil
- Buckthorn berries
- Rice bran oil
4. Decrease omega-6 fatty acids
Omega-6 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat found in nuts, seeds, and vegetables. When consumed in moderation and as a substitute for saturated fats from dairy and meat, omega 6 fatty acids can be good for you. However, too much may cause severe inflammation, which is a contributing factor to plaque formation.
Instead, replace your omega-6 intake with omega-3 fatty acids, such as olive oil and avocado.
5. Eat enough potassium-rich foods
Potassium is a mineral that decreases arterial stiffness, which prevents vascular calcification that may contribute to the hardening of arteries or atherosclerosis. Hardening of arteries facilitates plaque formation, which causes clogging.
The best potassium-rich foods to eat include:
- Leafy greens like spinach
- Legumes like beans and lentils
- Sweet potatoes
6. Avoid trans fats
Trans fats are a form of unsaturated fat that comes in both natural and artificial forms. Natural trans fats are found in animal foods like dairy and meat.
Trans fats are considered the worst type of fat to eat because it raises bad cholesterol (LDL) and lowers the good one (HDL). A diet high in trans fats increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Foods often rich in trans fats include
- Baked goods like cookies and cakes
- Frozen pizza
- Microwave popcorn
- Fried foods like doughnuts and fries
- Battered fish and nuggets
7. Take antioxidants
Antioxidants are essential to neutralize free radicals that cause cell damage and inflammation. But not all antioxidants can be effective in this case.
The best antioxidants to reduce LDL oxidation and prevent further damage are hydroxy thyrosol, vitamin C, and E.
Hydroxy thyrosol is a phenolic antioxidant, naturally present in olive oil and olives, especially green kalamata olives.
8. Cut back on sugar
Sugar is a primary suspect in obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. This is because added sugar is easily converted into fat in the body. It can also be metabolized into triglycerides which are packed into very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL). VLDL is later converted into LDL, which undergoes oxidation and gets stuck in the blood vessel walls leading to buildup and plaque formation.
Keeping fit through regular exercise will improve circulation and delivery of nutrients to different tissues, including the cells in your arterial lining. This helps build immunity, improve general health and wellbeing, and prevent further complications.
Final thoughts on how to unclog arteries?
Arterial clogging occurs when there is buildup within the arteries due to the accumulation of LDL, calcium, fat elements, and cellular waste in the blood. This causes narrowing of the blood vessels, making it difficult for blood to flow through, thus increasing the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and even heart disease.
However, incorporating the strategies discussed above may help heal your arteries, prevent further damage and complications while improving general health and wellbeing.
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