Natural protection for a healthy heart with Smart Food and Lifestyle Choices
The Briglia Dental Group takes a big picture approach. Led by Dr. Ron Briglia, our practice understands that you are more than a set of teeth and gums. Indeed, what passes through your lips plays a critical role in the health of the rest of your system.
Take Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), for instance. It is the leading killer of men and women in the western world. Your body has natural defense mechanisms that play a protective role in preventing this disease and halting its progress. Such defense mechanisms are helped or hindered by lifestyle factors, notably diet. As the saying goes, you are what you eat: smart food choices allow for protective cells and compounds to flourish, ensuring that no drugs or invasive surgeries are required.
What are the most beneficial naturally occurring defenders for heart health?
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. of Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute’s cardiovascular prevention and reversal program has isolated five notables:
- Nitric oxide, which is a potent anti-oxidizer and promotes the dilation of blood vessels
- Endothelial progenitor cells that aid in the repair of damaged blood vessels
- The DDAH enzyme
- HDL — good cholesterol
- Gut microbiota
How can I increase my body’s supply of naturally occurring defenders?
Coronary artery disease is a food-borne illness. There are numerous cultures—from the highlands of New Guinea to Okinawa in Japan—where the disease is virtually non-existent. The striking difference between our out-of-control incidence rates of this disease and its lack in New Guinea and Japan comes down to diet. Plant-based food sources, such as spinach and papaya, support healthy dilation of blood vessels and boost HDL cholesterol.
At Briglia Dental Group, we believe in treating the cause of disease, not merely throwing drugs that only resolve symptoms. By treating the cause with lifestyle modifications such as adjustments to diet, invasive and risky procedures are often rendered unnecessary.
Call our office in West Chester, Pennsylvania – (610) 615 0160. We welcome questions.
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