MITRAL VALVE PROLAPSE


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Diet and Nutritional Supplements

If you've been diagnosed with MVP, take time to consider improving your health regimen. While researching MVP symptoms, we found some very good resource information that helped us to understand the problem of MVP and the nutritional factor.

If you have been diagnosed with MVP because of the Fatigue, Palpations, Headaches, Chest Pain, Panic Attacks, and low energy levels or low blood pressure, you can do some things that should make a difference in how you feel. If you have not be diagnosed and are having those symptoms, then check with your doctor. It can be a serious condition.

Following is a summary of research information for people with MVP.

Drink Fluids - water, water, water. Try at least 2 quarts a day. Make sure your water source is pure. Lead, mercury and other toxic substances have been linked with many health issues. If you can't get a system to filter at least 97-99% of an assortment of pesticides, chemical and other contaminants, then get the next best thing. We discovered that solid carbon filtering is less expensive in the long run. If you buy bottled water, choose the brand carefully. Do some research on the source. It is important to get a lot of fluids. Natural Pure 100% Juices are good, but make sure your are getting enough water. Click here to compare water filter types.

Diet in General: It is helpful to avoid high fat foods and sugar. Complex Carbohydrates are essential for high energy. Convenience foods are a problem because they normally will not meet the nutrition requirements and contain large amounts of additives and salt. Fruits and veggies are really best. Use raw foods in salads on a regular basis or use them for munchies. Don't skip breakfast! Establish a regular eating schedule. This will help you avoid the ups and downs of energy levels. Supplementing is a good way to support healthy nutrition.
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Alcohol and Caffeine should be seriously avoided. The autonomic nervous system of a person with MVP is considered extremely sensitive to these things. Caffeine is a major issue. It will give you a sudden boost of adrenalin and then a sharp drop. It is addicting and many people will get headaches when attempting to withdraw. Remove from the diet gradually. Eliminating caffeine, could mean an increase of energy and a stabilizing effect on the autonomic nervous system. Soft drinks, chocolate, coffee, tea, wine, liquors, even some medications have been known to increase symptoms.

Sugar is not recommended for people with MVP. The response to sudden increase in blood sugar causes an increase in insulin and then a sudden drop - lower than before the sugar intake. This is called a "Roller Coaster" type effect. If you are addicted to sugar and don't get it, it may result in a sense of feeling bad with irritability and loss of sleep. Remember that natural sweeteners like Honey have the same effect as sugar. Try to work through withdrawal and in a couple of weeks energy levels will increase. If you must have sugar, keep intake to very small amounts and only on rare occasion. Stevia may be of interest to you since it is a sweet herbal supplement found in powder and liquid that mixes well with foods, drinks and baked goods. Artifical Sweeteners and Stevia

The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine says that research shows 85 percent of patients with this ailment have chronic magnesium deficiency and that supplementation is helpful for improvements in heart function.. It also states that research with Co-Q-10 in treating this and other heart disease is even more impressive.

Fats - Some women with MVP might have tenderness and swelling in breasts right before menstrual periods. Reduce dietary fat and caffeine. This has been reported by Lyn Frederickson, M.S.N. to assist greatly with the symptoms. Use of cold pressed virgin olive oil is preferable. It makes a nice spread with garlic or on salads. Try mixing half butter and half olive oil. Avoid heating oils as this destroys Vitamin E.

Sodium is necessary for proper bodily functions. Not getting enough salt seems to be a rare problem. Dr. Balch, M.D. is one of the authors of Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing. That book states that we need less than 500 milligrams of sodium a day to stay healthy. Excessive intake can cause fluid to be retained and may aggravate many medical disorders. Processed foods often contain excessive amounts of sodium. So, for many of us, it is best to say .....easy on the salt! You may find it helpful to check your salt intake by reading labels.

Your body requires a good balance of a wide variety of nutrients as more than one nutrient is required to support good health. When you have a lack in one part of the body, the whole body suffers. If there is a persistent lacking, your body will eventually suffer some form of degeneration or disease.

We never diagnose or try to overrule the advise of your health care professional. This is not intended to treat any disorder. Never discontinue medication without medical assistance. We are strong advocates for daily supplementing and do believe that taking nutritional supplements is a major factor in good health.

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