Integrative Cardiovascular Therapies
Diabetes, High Blood Pressure (AKA Hypertension), and abnormal cholesterol levels are very common and many patients realize that these conditions can be detrimental to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and they all may be precursors to developing heart disease. Identifying the highest risk subgroups before real heart disease develops is a challenge and knowing how to assess success of our approach is a challenge. There are currently FDA approved devices that can help in this process. We will determine the feasibility of these devices.
The most current medical understanding is that inflammation, stress, and insulin resistance (conditions commonly referred to as pre-diabetes) are the underlying causes of diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension- all of which can lead to heart disease.. These conditions are frequently treated with a drug regimen. However, many patients are either intolerant to, or are resistant to taking prescription medications for reasons such as cost, potential side effects, etc. Luckily, all of the above can be effectively addressed in a number of more natural ways, which may reduce or eliminate the need for prescription medication. Here at STLBBWL, we offer the best available from both the traditional approach, as well as the holistic approach, for patients to be able to benefit regardless of their situation.
The Holistic Approach
Holistic treatment is an approach to healing that focuses on treating the body as a whole. While focus on the body is always important, holistic treatment focuses on healing the mind and spirit as well.
This approach can be particularly effective when treating diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension because those conditions , along with stress, are directly related to inflammation and insulin resistance. Patients with many cardiovascular conditions can be treated utilizing a combination of traditional and alternative means for prevention and treatment.
One of the most influential factors for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular issues is change in diet. Making better food choices can help patients stay off of medication and can also be effective in reducing blood pressure and in eliminating many toxins from the body.
Patients attempting to maintain proper health through diet should avoid:
- Non-whole foods, high in saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol
- Processed starches
- Foods that are high in sodium
- Foods that are high in refined carbohydrates, such as fructose
- Low fiber foods
Patients should increase their intake of whole foods such as:
- Vegetables and fruits, consuming more superfoods
- Fish, nuts, and lean protein
- Foods rich in nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium
Mind and Spirit
Pain and stress are a serious problem for many suffering with different illnesses.. The holistic approach in prevention should include taking steps to improve mental, spiritual, and whole body health. Reducing stress is an integral part of maintaining mental and spiritual well-being. There are many methods for reducing stress, including some of the following:
- Exercise – Exercise will not only improve your cardiovascular health, but it is also an excellent way to alleviate stress and tension. 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity, 3 to 4 times per week, can greatly reduce hypertension.
- Breathing Techniques – Many activities such as Yoga and Tai-Chi, incorporate breathing techniques designed to relax and alleviate emotional well-being.
Consult with the staff at St. Louis Body Balance and Weight Loss before starting an exercise regimen. Our team of health experts has helped many patients achieve their goal of reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease.