What causes clogged arteries?

Atherosclerosis is one of the common cause of having cardiovascular diseases. It is the building up and hardening of plaque in the arteries causing narrowing of blood passage and stiffening. This condition leads to higher risk of having chest pains and heart attack.


The building up of plaque in the arteries is a slow process. It may start early in life and continue to develop until adulthood. Atherosclerosis begins when the endothelial walls are damaged because of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and even smoking. When the endothelial wall is damaged, plaque starts to easily build up. Atherosclerosis could cause arterial rupture due to blockage.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cardiovascular disease is the no.1 cause of death globally. More people also die annually with cardiovascular disease as cause of death. Death due to cardiovascular diseases could be prevented by proper diet and healthy lifestyle, exercising and smoking cessation.

Natural Steps to Unclog Arteries

  1. Drink tea to help manage blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Green tea and black tea has been shown to improve your heart health. You can opt for milder teas if you have gastric issues with green tea or black tea.
  2. Hydrate yourself. Drink 6-8 glasses of lukewarm water throughout the day.
  3. Exercise. The body, like a machine, needs some workout to move efficiently to prevent rusting. Take simple stretches and light walk in the morning and afternoon.
  4. Avoid eating greasy foods. Lessen your sodium intake and food rich in preservatives (e.g. hotdogs, canned goods, frozen processed meat).
  5. Eat food rich in fiber. The fiber sweeps out cholesterol in your digestive system.
  6. Avoid smoking and exposure to second hand smoke.

*Plaque build up may be hard to detect since there are no symptoms. Oftentimes, the condition is discovered late with serious issues to your health. Be on the lookout for possible risk factors that you might have like obesity, smoking, physical inactivity and metabolic disorders like diabetes and high cholesterol.