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The heart is considered to be one of the vital organs in the body. No doubt it is so-called because of the important role it plays in the body. The function of the heart is to pump blood to all the cells in the body. The blood being pump to all parts comes from the heart, it carries oxygen from the lungs and nutrients from the gastrointestinal tract to the cells all over the body where these are utilized. After the oxygen and nutrients are utilized, toxic and acidic wastes are produced. These have to be evacuated and eliminated from the body. The carbon dioxide has to be transported to the lungs and other wastes to the kidneys. This reverse transport is also the function of the heart. Importantly, this blood is transported through certain pipe-like structures known as arteries and veins.

The heart is an organ with four chambers: the left atrium and the left ventricle on the left side and the right atrium and right ventricle on the right side. Basically, blood is pumped out from the left ventricle through a big artery known as the aorta to all parts of the body. In a return journey blood returns to the right ventricle by the inferior and superior vena cava which first discharge blood into the right atrium. The force with which the heart pumps blood out of the heart is known as the blood pressure. This is usually measured as the systolic over the diastolic blood pressure. The systolic is the force of the heart that drives blood to all the cells and the diastolic is the resting pressure of the heart after pumping.

The average blood pressure of an adult could be said to be 120/80 mmHg (mmHg is millimeters of mercury). The blood vessel that supplies blood to the heart itself is known as coronary artery. Two of them originate from the aorta near the point of connection to the heart. The idea is that after pumping out blood, and as the heart rests there is a back flow of blood, which is channelled into the coronary arteries to supply blood to the heart for its functions. Heart attack or coronary heart disease occurs when emboli or arteriosclerotic plaques block these coronary arteries or its branches. When such a branch becomes blocked, ischaemia or dies from lack of blood supply may affect the part of the heart it supplies. Heart attack, otherwise known as MYOCARDIAL INFACTION is a very serious condition of the heart and like most other chronic diseases in its class, the cure is in its prevention. The easiest way to prevent any disease is to identify those nutrients that will be required by an organ in its wellbeing and function and create meals that such a person will eat regularly to keep the organ in good shape.

In most cases, if not all, a diet and lifestyle change has to be instituted. In heart attack that we are considering, the diet has to be changed from our usual carbohydrate based diet to a more fat, raw vegetable and fruit-based diet. It is important for us to know the danger inherent in the kind of food we eat at this present time. Time and space will not allow me to discuss this type of food, however, suffice to say that it is the food we refer to as “dead food”. The method of cooking and over cooking our foods is what renders them dead. The vegetables succumb to the heart and all the nutrients in them become denatured and rendered useless and this is the reason why I recommend raw and fresh vegetables and fruits.
Creating heart-healthy meals

Once again, here are the ten nutrients that support the health of the heart and its functions: water, antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, phytosterols, polyphenols, phytoestrogens, carotenoids and fiber.

Water
Let your day begin with water. On waking up in the morning, take 1 to 2 glasses of water. As I say always, your best choice is Lasena Alkaline/Mineral Water. Water is a tonic and if you take it as early as you wake it helps to detoxify the body and helps the body to prepare for the day. Also, drinking water regularly throughout the day reduces the viscosity of the blood and helps the circulation to flow fast. A fast flowing circulation delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells and eliminates wastes as fast. A circulation that is free flowing and less viscous will also prevents clotting and put a check on emboli formation.


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