Take sarsaparilla root. The root that flavors old-fashioned root beer has been shown to attack microbial substances in the bloodstream, thereby neutralizing them. It contains compounds called saponins that have natural antibiotic (bacteria-killing) properties. It can be taken as an herbal tincture (alcohol-based extraction), tea, or in capsule form. Follow package directions.
Eat more fiber. Research shows that a diet high in soluble fiber are effective in eliminating plaque buildup in the arteries.
Eat a more alkaline diet. The blood’s pH is naturally 7.365 but our acid-forming diets can cause the balance to shift slightly in favor of acidity, which scours the arterial walls. Reducing sugar, soda, meat, and processed foods in favor of alkaline vegetables (almost all vegetables are alkaline); alkaline fruits like avocados, fresh coconut, lemons, limes, and grapefruit; alkaline legumes like lentils, navy beans and soy; alkaline nuts and seeds like almonds, pumpkin seeds, sprouts, and sesame seeds; and alkaline grains like buckwheat, quinoa, and spelt.
Always check with your natural health practitioner or doctor prior to making any dietary or lifestyle changes and before starting supplements and herbs.
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