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FAQs Natural Therapies: Whole Food or Organic Diet for A-Fib?

 FAQs Natural Therapies: Whole Food or Organic Diet?

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6. “Is a whole food or organic diet helpful for patients with Atrial Fibrillation? Is there any research recommending one or the other?”

Many health experts believe that eating more whole foods is our best bet for improving health and preventing disease. Numerous studies have found that a diet high in healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes (also closely associated with Atrial Fibrillation).

A Whole-Food Organic Diet

In an editorial in the ‘Naturopathic Doctor News & Review’, naturopathic doctor Dan Carter writes about treatment for Atrial Fibrillation. He states that a whole-food organic diet (as much as is possible and practical) is preferred for A-Fib patients. Dr. Carter suggests:

•  Eat a sufficient amount of complete protein (½ g of protein per 1 lb of body weight). Include meats, eggs, and low-mercury seafood (cold-water fish, such as salmon, is especially beneficial). Raw dairy is recommended for those who tolerate it; whey protein is useful for smoothies.

•  Eat lots of raw and cooked vegetables and salad greens.

•  Choose as carbohydrate sources sweet potatoes, yams, white potatoes, and white rice. Unless the patient is an athlete, the daily intake should be limited to 150 g.

•  Cook foods with chemically stable oils, such as coconut (best), butter, and palm kernel, and use olive oil on salads and foods after cooking.

•  Avoid simple sugars and seed-derived edible oils (soy, corn, safflower, sunflower, and canola).

Are Whole Food and Organic Foods the Same?

The terms whole food and organic food are often confused. But whole foods are not necessarily organic, nor are organic foods necessarily whole.

Whole foods are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible.

Organic foods come from animals free of antibiotics and growth hormones; fruits and vegetables are free of pesticides, ionizing radiation and bioengineering.

Keep in mind, research has not found a diet that will cure your A-Fib. The best you can do is eat a heart healthy diet, limit alcoholic drinks, don’t smoke. Be active and exercise. And control the 4 lifestyle factors associated with A-Fib: high-blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea and obesity.

References for this Article

 Last updated: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 

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FAQ: Natural Therapies & Holistic Treatment for A-Fib

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FAQ: Natural Therapies & Holistic Treatment

Many A-Fib patients have questions about treatment alternatives such as naturopathic doctors, complementary or integrated medicine as well as mind/body practices (such as chiropractic, acupuncture, yoga and meditation).

1. How do I find a doctor with a more “holistic” approach? I want nutritional counseling and a more integrated approach to my A-Fib treatment plan?

2. I’ve read that yoga and acupuncture are considered ‘Complementary Medicine’. What is that? How does it relate to conventional medicine?

3. “A dietitian friend referred me to a Naturopathic doctor. What is naturopathic medicine? Are they ‘real’ physicians?

4. What is the ‘vagal maneuver’? I’ve heard it might help me during an A-Fib episode. What is it and how is it done? Is it safe?

5. Have any A-Fib.com readers reported success working with a Naturopathic doctor? Anyone controlling their A-Fib with supplements?

6. Is a whole food or organic diet helpful for patients with Atrial Fibrillation? Is there any research recommending one or the other?

7. Do A-Fib patients find chiropractic adjustment useful? If so, what are their results? In the past, I’ve found it helpful for other ailments. Could it help with my A-Fib symptoms?

8. I do Yoga. It relaxes me and helps with my stress level. Is there any evidence on Yoga helping with other A-Fib symptoms?

9. “What’s the research on acupuncture and Atrial Fibrillation? I’m willing to try it if it will help ease or reduce my A-Fib episodes.”

10. “Have there been any tests comparing natural blood thinners to the new anticoagulants (NOACs) in terms of efficacy and speed of onset?

“Most people use non-mainstream approaches along with conventional treatments. The boundaries between complementary and conventional medicine overlap and change with time.” ∼ US National Institutes of Health

Last updated: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 

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