If your diet has been less than healthy for the past few years, and you’ve been consuming foods that are rich in trans fat and sodium a few times during the day, you may find that you are extremely sluggish and don’t have enough energy to get through the day.
This could also be a sign that you have atherosclerosis.
This condition is very serious, but can be avoided if you make the right lifestyle choices, and can even be treated effectively if you catch the signs early.
So What Does Atherosclerosis Mean
The term ‘atherosclerosis‘ actually comes from two Greek words; ‘athero’ meaning paste or gruel, and ‘sclerosis’ which means hardening. So, the condition involves a hardening of the gruel that is found inside the body.
This ‘paste’ is actually cholesterol, which is a fatty substance that is found in cell walls and membranes that is necessary for human growth and development.
However, when we consume foods that are too high in fat, we add more cholesterol to our bodies, which can clog the arteries and cause a hard substance to develop around these internal passageways. This makes it harder for blood to flow through the body, which can result in all types of circulatory and heart problems.
How Atherosclerosis Can Effect You
In addition to cholesterol, cellular wastes and calcium also make up the ‘gunk’ that sticks to the walls of the arteries. This substance usually only affects the large and medium sized arteries, and you may not even notice that there is a problem until you are older, which is why it is so important to take care of yourself even when you’re younger, since starting to watch your diet and exercise habits after you have aged may be more difficult.
Once the buildup is on the arteries and has been there for a while, the arteries will sometimes rupture after becoming too weak to hold the plaque. This will cause blood clots to form all over your body, which changes the natural pattern of blood flow in the body. This means that sometimes some parts of the body may not get enough blood, while other parts are receiving too much blood.
Whenever the circulatory action of the body is altered, it means that the amount of blood flowing to and from the heart has been altered. This could result in a heart attack, and while some people are able to survive a heart attack if they are rushed to the hospital right after or during the attack, this condition could prove to be fatal–especially if it happens more than once.
If the blood vessels that send blood to the brain are blocked as a result of atherosclerosis, you could run the risk of having a stroke. This could affect one side of your body dramatically, and you may end up having to learn how to read or speak again.
How Can You Avoid Atherosclerosis
Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your risk of developing atherosclerosis. First, you may need to make some changes to your diet. Try to consumer three to five servings of vegetables each day, eat as much fiber as you can to remove toxins from the body and increase your energy. Also, try to exercise for at least half an hour each day; this will improve your blood flow and help to release toxins.
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