By Barbara Echols
The steady, rhythmic beat of the heart is the source of the human body’s power. Constant circulation of well oxygenated and nutrient rich blood throughout the body’s vast network of blood vessels to the cells and organs is essential for their growth, repair and maintenance. To effectively carry out its task the heart beats approximately 70 times each minute. A reduction in this pace of blood ﬂowing throughout the body can trigger an abnormal heart rhythm. The pace at which the blood ﬂow’s through the passageways is of supreme importance for an energetic body.
The life force of the body is the blood stream; therefore, it is vitally important that the stream of blood exiting from the heart ﬂows smoothly through unobstructed, ﬂexible pas-sageways; especially the arteries. Accumulations of waste, resulting from the incomplete digestion of foods, hormonal ash, and environmental particulates which enter the body through the pores and nostrils from the surrounding atmosphere, set the stage for the development of diseases which impair the heart’s performance: heart attack, heart disease and congestive heart failure.
To avoid the development of such dis-eases, a proactive approach must be taken The intake of fats, on a daily basis, is one way to discourage the development of diseases which impair the heart’s performance. Fatty foods promote or discourage disease processes. Not just any fat will do, however. Monounsaturated fats are the answer for good heart performance.
Olive oil, a monounsaturated fat, is considered a “safe fat” because it remains liquid in the blood vessels. Olive oil guards the arteries from damaging cholesterol build up within the blood vessels. Its antioxidant properties retard the conversion of cholesterol to plaque.
In addition, olive oil is a source of vitamin E. Vitamin E effectively dilates (opens) blood vessels, permitting improved blood circulation. As a result, olive oil reduces blood pressure, retards the formation of blood clots, and relieves constipation.
Cooking with olive oil is not a way to receive all these beneﬁts. Heat destroys all of the beneﬁts. On a daily basis, ingest 1 -2 TEA-SPOONSFUL of olive oil; preferably extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil.
Olive oil is available in capsules, bottles and cans. Olive oil in trans-parent bottles should be avoided. If the taste of oil in the mouth is a disgusting thought, consider driz-zling 1-2 teaspoonfuls over lightly steamed or raw vegetables, or baked potatoes.
A homemade olive oil dressing can also be used: 1 cup of extra virgin cold pressed olive oil, a clove of fresh garlic, a pinch of crushed red pepper and your favorite herbs; that is, dill, marjoram, oregano, or rosemary. Modify the recipe to your taste, and use it daily as an effective prevention for the onset of heart problems.
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it ﬂow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23; Ampliﬁed Bible)