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Although no one likes to think about it, heart disease is the number one killer in America. It’s called the silent killer because most people have no idea that they have heart disease until it’s too late. Heart disease occurs because of a buildup of plaque in the arteries that lead to your heart. When this occurs it’s called atherosclerosis. When we are born, our arteries are smooth and flexible. As we age, they can become more narrow and hard. This means that the heart does not get the blood flow that it needs. It becomes damaged due to a lack of nutrients and oxygen.

How do our arteries become blocked? Through the increasing deposits of cholesterol-laden plaque. As the plaque builds up over the years, it inflames the blood vessels.

While there are many factors that can contribute to heart disease, taking more exercise can help but it is helpful to know which foods are helpful at naturally reducing your risk of heart disease.

Here is a list of some foods and drinks which can help you keep your arteries free of blockage: 

Whole Grains

The soluble fiber found in whole grains such as whole-wheat bread, brown rice, and oatmeal binds the cholesterol in your meal and drags it out of your body.

Shrimp

Despite being a source of cholesterol, shrimp can be helpful for your heart. They contain taurine, an amino acid, which acts like plastic wrap so fats can’t cross the intestinal wall and get into your arteries. Try having 5 medium-sized steamed or grilled shrimp twice a week. Be sure to avoid the cocktail sauces.

Nuts

Raw, unsalted nuts are one of the best snack alternatives to processed foods such as potato chips or French fries. Raw nuts not only clear the arteries with their high levels of monounsaturated fats and vitamin E, they also offer the body numerous other health options Eating one to one and a half ounces of walnuts or almonds each day can lower inflammation, reduce blood pressure levels, and keep your arteries clear of plaque.

Cinnamon

The spice is known to help prevent cholesterol build up in the arteries.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate is known to promote the production of nitric oxide in a natural way, which improves blood circulation.

Salmon

This fish is very high in omega-3 fatty acids, which lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Asparagus

When your arteries are clogged with cholesterol, a blood clot can mean potentially bad news. But by supplementing your diet with plenty of asparagus, you can help lower your blood pressure (preventing clots) and also get a great dose of dietary fibre.

Broccoli

Broccoli has a lot of health and beauty benefits. It is one of the most unusual and delicious vegetables. It gives a lot of advantages to your blood vessels, heart, brain, and fights depression, anxiety, and inflammation. Include this vegetable in your daily diet to lower blood pressure and cholesterol level.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a popular spice that gives curry its distinct yellowish coloring. But more than adding a kick to any savory dish, turmeric helps decrease fatty deposits in the arteries by 26%

Avocados

Instead of mayo on your burger or sandwich, switch it out for some avocado. Studies have shown that daily consumption of avocado results in improved blood cholesterol (lower LDL and higher HDL). HDL cholesterol is the cholesterol that helps keep arteries clear of obstructions.

Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart. This blood is normally oxygenated, with the exception of blood in the pulmonary artery.

The walls of all arteries are composed of three layers: the tunica intima, tunica media and tunica adventitia, which are arranged one on top of the other like the layers of an onion. ‘Tunica’ simply means ‘coat. ‘The 2 main coronary arteries are the left main and right coronary arteries.

Left main coronary artery (LMCA). The left main coronary artery supplies blood to the left side of the heart muscle (the left ventricle and left atrium). The left main coronary divides into branches:

The left anterior descending artery branches off the left coronary artery and supplies blood to the front of the left side of the heart.

The circumflex artery branches off the left coronary artery and encircles the heart muscle. This artery supplies blood to the outer side and back of the heart.

Right coronary artery (RCA). The right coronary artery supplies blood to the right ventricle, the right atrium, and the SA (sinoatrial) and AV (atrioventricular) nodes, which regulate the heart rhythm. The right coronary artery divides into smaller branches, including the right posterior descending artery and the acute marginal artery. Together with the left anterior descending artery, the right coronary artery helps supply blood to the middle or septum of the heart.

The arteries are the highway system of the body. They provide an extensive network throughout the body to transport needed supplies to the cells and eliminate waste products. Arteries come in a variety of sizes that range from the large aorta in the chest to small capillaries found within the lungs.

Particles of cholesterol, fat, and other cells build up in arteries—thanks mostly to a Western diet loaded with meat, dairy products, and eggs—they create fatty streaks and eventually form plaques that obstruct blood flow.

In coronary artery disease—the most common type of cardiovascular disease and leading killer in the United States—these blockages affect the arteries leading to the heart, causing chest pain and often resulting in heart attack. But blockages do not only affect the arteries in the chest. Atherosclerosis, or the thickening of arteries, can strike any artery in the system, leading to different symptoms throughout the body that can serve as early warning signs for cardiovascular disease.

There is an easy at home remedy that you can create to clean out your arteries and improve your health. You can make it with the following ingredients:

  • 4 liters/1 gal of clean water

  • 8 lemons

  • 8 cloves of garlic

  • 4-5 cm /1.9 inches of ginger

Wash the lemons and then slice them into pieces. Add the peeled ginger and garlic to the lemons and place them in a blender. Blend the mixture together until you get a smooth consistency.

Place the mixture in a pot. Add the water and put the liquid from the pot to boil. When it reaches its boiling point take it off the stove, let it cool, and then strain the liquid. Keep the prepared drink in bottles. Consume this daily on an empty stomach 2 hours before your meal.