Excess salts, sugars, and unhealthy fats

Sugary foods can cause atherosclerosis by increasing the bad cholesterol. It again causes increased inflammation and oxidative stress, which makes the low-density lipoprotein to form the oxidized form of bad cholesterol, rising atherosclerosis. Even for people with diabetes, high glucose in blood can disrupt the coagulation process.  It also facilitates increased stimulation in clots formation and reduces the ability for the clots to dissolve. On the other hand, high salt consumption can reduce the effectiveness of the inner lining in blood vessels, thus increasing the risk of blood clots and infections. For fats, they possibly narrow the blood vessels, especially when forming part of plaques. They also increase clots formation and make it hard for them to dissolve. Furthermore, rsearchers suggest that having higher fatty acids can cause clots development.

Anastasia Filipenko

Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

MS, University of Tartu
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Using the acquired academic and professional experience, I advise patients with various complaints about mental health - depressed mood, nervousness, lack of energy and interest, sleep disorders, panic attacks, obsessive thoughts and anxieties, difficulty concentrating, and stress. In my free time, I love to paint and go on long walks on the beach. One of my latest obsessions is sudoku – a wonderful activity to calm an unease mind.

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MS, University of Latvia

I am deeply convinced that each patient needs a unique, individual approach. Therefore, I use different psychotherapy methods in my work. During my studies, I discovered an in-depth interest in people as a whole and the belief in the inseparability of mind and body, and the importance of emotional health in physical health. In my spare time, I enjoy reading (a big fan of thrillers) and going on hikes.

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