WHAT IS CHOLESTEROL?
Cholesterol is a fat produced by the liver and is essential to life. Some of its functions are to build and maintain cell membranes, determine cell permeability (substances permitted in or out of cells), the production of hormones, the production of bile, and for metabolizing fat soluble vitamins.
LDL (Low density lipoproteins) also known as bad cholesterol; carry cholesterol from the liver to the cells. A buildup of this cholesterol causes issues.
HDL (High density lipoproteins) are known as good cholesterol and carry cholesterol away from the cells so that it can be broken down in the liver and expelled as a waste product from the body.
If your doctor has informed you that you have high cholesterol then here are a few natural ways to safely lower your levels to an optimum range.
1.) Reduce fat intake (especially animal product) and only consume 200mg of cholesterol daily.
2.) Eat as many fresh servings of vegetables as possible.
3.) Increase daily intake of fiber.
4.) Limit intake of alcohol, sugar, and salt.
SUPPLEMENTS & TEAS:
1.) Omega-3 fatty acids with DHA and EPA.
3.) Vitamin C
4.) Green tea
5.) Ginger tea
6.) Ginseng tea
HAIR TISSUE MINERAL ANALYSIS
I recommend getting a hair tissue mineral analysis done to check your mineral ratios as this can also affect cholesterol levels. With a hair analysis there is no guessing on what mineral you have too much or too little of. This also determines your oxidation type (metabolism) and will tell you exactly what foods/nutrients you need for your body to reach homeostasis (health and wellness). For more information contact us!
Moderate exercise; at least three times a week, while eating a healthful diet and maintaining weight are all essential in the approach to lowering cholesterol levels.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.