Cholesterol: Secrets You Want To Know
Written by: Lilla Bessenyei
Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S.
Having high LDL levels (also known as ‘bad cholesterol’) is one of the most underestimated medical issues among patients. It doesn’t have any serious symptoms at the beginning, but it greatly increases the risk of cardiovascular adverse events and strokes. Doctors often use statin drugs to prevent these nasty consequences.
It’s a well-known fact that cholesterol-lowering drugs are one of the first targets when someone wants to cut down on medical expenses.
Unfortunately, these medications are not the safest things you can put into your body. These substances block your body’s cholesterol production, but as any other man-made substance, also have serious side effects. They can provoke muscle problems (including rhabdomyolysis, which is the breakdown of muscle tissue and can lead to acute kidney failure and death), increase cancer risk, cause sexual dysfunction, acidosis and problems with pancreas and liver function.
They also deplete your CoQ10 levels, which is crucial for ATP production to provide energy for your body. If you’re taking these drugs you should supplement yourself with CoQ10.
Even pharmacists acknowledge that the best case is when you can manage your problems with a proper diet and lifestyle. Let’s see what YOU can do to lower your cholesterol levels:
1. Avoid Trans Fats
Trans fats elevate your bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and decrease good cholesterol (HDL).
Eat more healthy fats, which can protect you from heart disease and stroke. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids are particularly beneficial.
Eat more: chia seeds, flax seeds, avocado and other nuts and seeds.
Plants high in beta-carotene, sterols and fiber help you to manage your cholesterol levels.
Turmeric, carrots and oranges are very beneficial for this purpose. Combine them with green leafy vegetables and you’ll not only beat your cholesterol problems, but you’ll also feel better than ever. Organifi is a superstar for this issue.
3. Vitamin D
Optimizing your vitamin D levels can give you favorable effects on your lipid profile. It lowers LDL and increases HDL.
Spend more time in the sun and/or take vitamin D supplements.
4. Exercise Daily
Physical activity has numerous advantages, including normalizing cholesterol.
Exercise more, try out something new, no matter what it is, if you like it, do it every day.
5. Eliminate Stress, Smoking And Excessive Alcohol
These three can affect your overall health. Actually, the last two are mostly used to relieve stress.
Exercise, breathe deep, stretch, pray, meditate and raise your oxytocin levels. Drink Ashwagandha or Organifi.
Use this knowledge to help better prevent stroke and heart disease in your life and in the lives of those you love. Do you know any other tips for keeping your cholesterol at healthy levels? Share with us in the comments below!
Lilla Bessenyei is a pharmacist and writer. It has been through her own experience that she realized that health and happiness start with what you put in your body and mind - including your thoughts. She is an avid researchers and has learned a lot about health and medicine. In her studies, she found that cultivating healthy emotions were just as important (if not more so) as a healthy diet. She is a fitness junkie, enjoys the numerous benefits of a vegan diet and enjoys helping people discover true health and happiness.
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