Lifesaving tips to prevent heart disease - KMSP-TV

Lifesaving tips to prevent heart disease

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By Joel K. Kahn, MD

Holistic heart doc Joel K. Kahn, MD, shares what doctors may not learn in medical school about heart disease prevention.

The most powerful medicine: food.


I've personally followed a plant-based diet for decades, but when the medical literature started reporting that this eating style helped reduce the rate of heart attacks, I began recommending it to patients. Many of them don't go meat-free, but they still benefit from the advice that follows.

Have at least five cups of veggies a day.


Two of the largest studies examining how eating habits affect chronic disease have found that people who ate eight or more servings a day were 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack or stroke than people who consumed one and a half servings or fewer. So eat at least five cups of fruits and vegetables a day. My patients find it easy-and tasty-to drink some of their servings by making a greens-based juice (with fruit) in a blender.

Drink three cups of tea a day.


Green, black, and oolong varieties help reduce levels of total cholesterol and triglycerides, regulate levels of blood sugar, and soothe inflammation.

If you must eat meat, eat it naked.

Forgoing animal products can be a drastic change. At the very least, avoid processed meat like hot dogs, sausages, and bacon. Harvard researchers found that every 1.8 ounces of processed meat eaten more than once a week raises heart disease risk by 42 percent. In addition, eat meat that's as "naked" as possible-no antibiotics, hormones, or hidden additives. Opt for grass-fed animals, which have more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed animals.

Choose SMASH fish.

SMASH fish are: sardines, mackerel, anchovies, salmon, and herring. They are your best sources of heart-healthy omega-3s (known to reduce inflammation, heart rhythm disturbances, triglyceride levels, and blood pressure). They are also less likely to be contaminated with toxins than other types.

Read more tips from Dr. Kahn in this month's edition of Reader's Digest.

Dr. Kahn will present tips using nutrition, movement, breath work, supplements and detoxification to guide you to heart strength and vitality at the free seminars at the Better Health Market at 2053 South Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Hills on Saturday, February 8 at 1:00 p.m. and on Saturday, February 22 at 1:00 p.m. in Novi at 42875 Grand River Avenue.
 
Seminar reservations can be made by calling the Better Health Market in Bloomfield Hills at 248-334-9500, by web site thebetterhealthstore.com.

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