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Sport and heart health: Make the right choices!

I work in a wellness centre where we are several therapists offering various techniques that complement each other. One of theses therapists, Frank, offers massage therapy.

He is an athlete, training every day. At 60, he is still very lean, muscled, what we call “in shape”.

It is very common for us to treat each other, and Frank loves my aromatherapy treatments. This is how I discovered that sometimes, an athlete is not always very healthy.

Putting your hands on someone allows you to discover much about the person, and I came to realize that one could be an athlete and still take tons of medication for cardiovascular issues.

These medications have side effects. If you are an athlete, you don’t need the side effects and you have access to alternatives

Actually, there are many things doctors won’t tell you about those medications and more importantly, how to avoid them. So I will.

First: Cholesterol and statines.

We know today that there are at least five different types of cholesterol LDL (the bad one) and five others of cholesterol HDL (the good one).

Statines such as Crestor or Lipitor are supposed to lower your cholesterol, but not one study could prove that lowering LDL cholesterol prevents any disease.

The problem is that statines artificially lower cholesterol by inhibiting an important enzyme involved in the cholesterol production.

The side effects are:

  • Inflammation
  • Muscle degeneration
  • Kidney failure
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  •  Cardiovascular diseases
  •  Death.

Today, Coenzyme Q10 are a much better option to protect yourself

Here is what Dr Weill says about CoQ10 : “Coenzyme Q10 is beneficial for heart health in many ways. It assists in maintaining the normal oxidative state of LDL cholesterol, helps assure circulatory health, and supports optimal functioning of the heart muscle. CoQ10 may also help support the health of vessel walls. A number of medical studies demonstrate supplemental CoQ10′s beneficial effects, most of which stem from its vital role in oxygen utilization and energy production, particularly in heart muscle cells”.

I will add that cholesterol level doesn’t mean much…what is important is to know the type of LDL particles you are producing. But most importantly, if cholesterol scares you, be aware that it is not the main problem but inflammation is.

Inflammation is worse than cholesterol

More and more professional understand this and continue to prescribe statines, less for cholesterol than for its slight anti-inflammatory action.

So basically, you need some anti-inflammatory tools and lifestyle.

Which means: no sugar, less stress, no candidosis inducing foods and medicines.

If you already are under cardiovascular medicines, here is a little protocol that may help you move towards more natural and safe alternatives.

Ask for a HS-CRP test to measure inflammation in your body

If this is the case, before you take any medicine, go the simple way:

Identify if you have some chronic candidosis polluting your body and feeding internal inflammation (the reason why you have athlete’s foot, recurrent headaches, moodiness, joint ache, chronic constipation or diarrhea, bloating etc…). A simple spit test is a good way to start: first thing in the morning, spit in a glass of water. If you saliva completely dissolves in the water you are good. If you see some white clouds, a white carpet forming on the bottom of the glass, white threads falling slowly in the water, this is candida. And until you correct the overgrowth of this yeast in your body, you won’t be able to fight inflammation naturally (and medications will feed the candida). You have to be aware that candidiasis pericarditis and candidiasis myocarditis are two dangerous heart diseases, induced by candida overgrowth, and usually identified during the autopsy. Prevention is the only way out. So in case this is an issue you need help with, here is a page that gives you some safe and effective aromatic solutions (

Now, if you take a blood thinner (such as Warfarin), here is an aromatic blend composed of very fluidifying essential oils: lemon, wintergreen and clove. In 5 ml of base oil, add 1 drop of clove EO, 1 drop of wintergreen EO and 3 drops of lemon EO. Massage your forearms alternatively with your belly using this blend, once a day, every day, until your next blood test.

Increase your consumption of vitamin K inhibiting foods: Dried cherries , omega 3 fish oil, nuts, cayenne pepper, avocado, pomegranate juice, raisins, and cranberry juice.

To conclude, there are plenty available options that allow you to safely enjoy your favorite sport: if you already have a physical discipline, adding a few nutritional and practical changes to your routine may help you improve your health a great deal.

So, the next thing to do is to give it a try! 

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