Diary of a Student Nutritionist - Week 17 - Cardiovascular System

Updated: Mar 18

This was a really important lecture as almost twice as many people are living with heart and circulatory diseases in the UK than with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease combined. This means that I am going to be supporting many people with their cardiovascular systems.


One thing that became clear is that for a significant proportion of the population it is directly linked to their lifestyles.


Therefore, for a significant proportion of the population if they were given the right information and support they could significantly change their health.


It is alarming just how much information is incorrect and misleading when it comes to supporting your health; from fat-free products that often take out beneficial fats and replace them with more sugar to sugar-free products that take out the sugar and replace them with neurotoxic ingredients and still trigger insulin resistance.


I saw a tuna brand put out an advert the other day advertising a new range of products, one of which was for supporting the heart. This product contained added rapeseed oil as a suggested fat that is good for the heart. This is a fat that I would tell my clients to remove, not add to their diets in place of something like extra virgin olive oil. This is because it can easily become inflammatory depending on how it is processed and stored. Plus I would also swap out tuna with my clients to something higher in omega-3 such as salmon or mackerel.


Most of the time companies can legally tell you about the one good ingredient a product contains while ignoring the others. Or they tell you about how healthy the ingredients are that go into their product, and while this is true after it has been deep-fried, processed, dried, etc they can sometimes not only lose these benefits but can become damaging to the body.


As you can see it is easy to be misled when it comes to your health. You can also see why people invest their time and money into products they believe are going to support them and get frustrated when they do not see any results. If you cannot afford to see a nutritionist in to get this education then be sure to follow blogs, social media accounts, etc that are putting out information that can really support your health.


Just remember if a company wants you to buy their product they are unlikely to tell you why you shouldn't.


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This lecture certainly flew by as I tried to soak up as much information as I could and from the whole list of things that I got out of the lecture there are 10 things that I am going to do first in order to support my cardiovascular system:


1) Buy a blood pressure monitor and track it to see where my levels are at different times throughout the day/week.


2) Keep my blood sugars in balance.


3) Add even more antioxidant-rich foods to my diet.


4) Increase my oily fish to 2x a week and if this doesn't happen consider supplementing.


5) Keep an eye on my stress levels and find good ways to balance them when I do get stressed.


6) Have a look at my genetics with a trained nutritionist and see where I might need ongoing extra nutritional/lifestyle support.


7) Test my Vitamin D levels to see where they are at.


8) Look into trying the Wim Hoff technique


9) Have a look at the Mediterranean Style Diet.


10) Optimise my dental health, i.e. seeing a hygenist, oil pulling, water flossing, etc.


There were just so many tips and tricks that I learnt and look forward to trying on myself, my family and my future clients. To think that I might be able to give clients a better quality of life and even extend their lives feels pretty dam incredible!

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