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Bragg Healthy Heart Review

June 01, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 167

Cardiovascular diseases are those affecting the heart and circulatory system, and are the number one cause of death globally. In recognition of this fact, the authors of the book "Bragg Healthy Heart: keep your cardiovascular system healthy and fit at any age" focus on strategies for avoiding or correcting heart disease. They claim that it is inadequacy in blood circulation, rather than the passage of time, that promotes aging. Among the chief villains in cardiovascular disease is excessive cholesterol from fat-rich diets. The authors note that atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), a common precursor to circulatory disease, has always been a disease of people who could afford rich, fatty foods, while poorer people, generally on low-fat, natural foods, stay much healthier. The Braggs state that, to ensure a long, healthy life free of heart disease, it is necessary to eat a low-fat, low-sugar, high-fibre diet and to earn one's daily bread with daily exercise.

The Bragg regimen begins with nutrition: accordingly, the authors provide a list of healthy foods on which to focus, as well as foods to avoid. They describe a right combination of protein, carbohydrates and fats, stating that carbohydrates should be the primary energy source, in as natural a state as possible. Proteins (which provide enzymes, hormones and the body's building blocks) and fats (needed for energy storage, padding, buoyancy and dissolving fat-soluble vitamins) should also be consumed in adequate amounts. Vitamins, together with minerals and superfoods, further optimise healing potential by making up for the defects in the environment such as mineral-depleted soil and oxygen-robbing pollutants.

The authors describe how to detoxify the blood through regular fasting (one day a week); vigorous exercise (at least one hour's brisk walking daily); and avoidance of toxins such as tobacco, coffee and alcohol. The rĂ´le of popular food combinations such as bacon and eggs or meat and potatoes as poisons of the heart and circulatory system is also described. Exercise, they maintain, is critical for decreasing fat levels around the abdomen, which lowers the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Finally, the Braggs recommend a minimum of seven hours' sleep per night; the drinking of distilled water rather than water from any other process; and the maintenance of good mental health by avoiding negative thoughts.

Overall, the book is well-written, and presents an accurate picture of the path to good health. I especially like the authors' take on psychological aspects of health, where they remind the reader that good health is not only about keeping the body in shape but also about maintaining a psyche that will promote lasting benefits. Many of their claims are backed up by scientific evidence. The fact that fat-rich and animal-derived foods often cause chronic degenerative diseases, for example, is well documented in the scientific literature as well as by anecdotal accounts. The general principle of fasting to maintain or regain health is also supported by evidence, with many recent reports of considerable cardiovascular and other health benefits from fasting in its various forms. The importance of exercise in maintaining good health is likewise stressed in this book, and is scientifically proven.

The authors' recommendation of distilled water as the only drinking water is more controversial. Their argument is that distilled water is free of minerals that could otherwise form harmful deposits on artery walls; furthermore, drinking it will flush out - through the kidneys - many poisons present in blood vessels. Numerous studies indicate that, on the contrary, people in areas with 'hard' drinking water (water rich in minerals like calcium and magnesium) enjoy remarkably good health, for which the hardness of the water is at least partly responsible. Reports by the World Health Organisation and other bodies also indicate that, apart from lacking minerals that the body needs, distilled water can cause leaching of vital minerals already present, leading to significant deficiencies. Chelation, a practice recommended by the Braggs to remove toxic minerals from blood, has been found not only to be useless against heart disease but even to have caused some deaths.

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to complement their knowledge of this subject with an easy-to-follow account of methods for improving cardiovascular health. However, it should be noted that, while certain aspects of the Bragg approach to healthy living make scientific sense, other areas (such as chelation therapy and the drinking of distilled water) are more controversial, and should be approached with caution.

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