What your feet say about your heart
December 17, 2012
Volume 2 | Issue 99
Did you know your feet contain nerves that are connected to every part of your body? That's why a foot massage is so relaxing (unless you're ticklish). And because your feet are so well connected, they often provide a way to determine your health. For instance, if you once had hair on your feet or toes and it falls out, your heart could be in danger.
What does hair loss on your feet have to do with your heart? It means your circulation has deteriorated. And that could mean vascular disease.
A recent report from the Mayo Clinic said that disappearing hair and slower-growing toenails often indicate peripheral artery disease. That's when the heart can't pump enough blood to the extremities because of hardened arteries or blood clots. When this happens, the body focuses its blood flow on high-priority organs, rather than the feet.
The Mayo Clinic also said you may not be able to feel a pulse in your feet (on top of the foot or the inside the ankle) and sores may not heal up quickly or at all. The Clinic also said your legs and feet might have shiny skin, feel cold, or change colors rapidly when elevated or lowered.
If you notice any of these, it might be time to visit your cardiologist – if your cardiologist is willing to treat the condition naturally. You don't need drugs to fix hardened arteries or prevent blood clots. There are two nutrients you need in particular to keep your blood flowing.
The first is magnesium. Magnesium keeps your arteries soft and supple and helps the blood flow easily. Take up to 1,000 mg daily to bowel tolerance.
The second nutrient is nattokinase. Natto is great for thinning your blood and preventing blood clots. It won't over-thin your blood, like drugs will. And it keeps your blood healthy and flowing smoothly.
You can find both nutrients at any health food store or on the Internet. But I prefer to take natto with other heart nutrients to keep your entire cardiovascular system healthy. That's why I take Circutol
. It has a unique combination of natto, l-carnitine (which is great for your heart), and a blend of Chinese herbs and mushrooms that will keep your cardiovascular system healthy. It won't grow the hair on your feet back, but it may help your toenails strengthen and keep the circulation in your feet in tip-top shape.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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