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5 Little Known Ways to Lower Cholesterol Without Statins

High cholesterol is an all too common problem in our society. There are people whose genetic makeup predisposes them to unhealthy levels of triglycerides and cholesterol. But, for the vast majority of us, this condition is mainly caused by lifestyle choices.

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So the solution would seem to better eating and more exercise. But what if those habits haven’t been enough to get your levels back into a normal range?

A trip to the doctor will often result in a prescription statin medication. Unfortunately, these popular drugs can have serious side effects like muscle pain and weakness. However, there are other natural alternatives to lower cholesterol without Statins.

1. Eat healthy fats

Cholesterol has gotten a bad rap because researchers believe it to be linked to heart disease and strokes. However, cholesterol is actually a naturally occurring, fatty substance produced by the liver. It is a vital to our overall health. The trouble starts when cholesterol levels get too high. This can lead to the build up of plaque in the arteries and deprive the heart, brain and other vital organs of adequate blood flow.

One way to keep cholesterol levels in check is by incorporating healthy fats into your diet. Olive oil, coconut oil, peanuts and avocados are all sources of healthy fats that will actually work to reduce “bad” fats in your bloodstream. So will many fish oils.

2. Cut out sugar and refined carbohydrates

One of the biggest misconceptions about high cholesterol levels is that they are caused by eating fat. This pervasive logic lead to the demonization of the egg. Now we now know the egg is one of the few perfect proteins that exist in nature.

Recent studies have also revealed that high cholesterol levels, as well high triglycerides, are often the result of eating too much sugar and refined carbohydrates.

If you’ve switched to a low-fat diet in an effort to achieve normal cholesterol levels, you’ve missed the target. Low fat diets often dish up increased servings of pastas and breads.

The key to reducing high triglyceride levels is to limit your sugar intake, eat plenty of vegetables (5 to 7 servings per day), legumes and healthy fats. The Mediterranean diet is a good model of one such diet.

Many people have had great success with the Paleo Diet as well. Contrary to popular belief, this way of eating is not about stuffing yourself with huge servings of meat.

The primary focus of the Paleo Diet is to eliminate grains and legumes, as many people have difficulty digesting these food sources. Use of vegetable oils, oils, soybean and canola oils are discouraged, as these oils are often derived from genetically modified crops, while conventional processing leaves them rancid.

Proponents of the Paleo diet eat healthy fats, such as nuts and seeds, olive, coconut and palm oils. The focus is upon large quantities of vegetables, healthy animal proteins, such as pastured-raised eggs and chickens and grass-fed beef as well as sustainable seafood choices.

3. Take natural cholesterol lowering supplements

Biolipotrol from Biogensis is one example of a professional-grade supplement that uses natural ingredients to return your cholesterol and triglyceride levels back to a safe level. This special formula contains red rice yeast, green tea and CoQ10, which work together to help your body metabolize fat. Using this supplement in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle enables your body to process and dispose of fats instead of allowing them to build up in your blood stream and cause blockages.

Cardio Edge by Douglas Labs is another powerful supplement that can help reduce cholesterol. This special blend contains vitamins and concentrated plant sterols, powerful cholesterol lowering chemicals that naturally occur in small doses in certain foods.

4. Eat more fiber

Not only does fiber help you stay regular and keep your digestive system in working order, it also acts as a natural cleansing system for cholesterol. Fiber can work to soak up excess cholesterol and allow your body to dispose of excess fats.

Incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet is a simple and easy way to increase fiber intake and send a all-natural maid to tidy up your bloodstream and vessels.

5. Drink green tea

If you take a close look at the ingredients in a lot of metabolism boosting and cholesterol lower supplements, you will notice that many of them contain green tea. This super drink is full of antioxidants and has been proven to lower levels of bad cholesterol. If you are eating well, exercising and taking plant sterol based supplements, drinking a few cups of green tea everyday will provide another boost in the fight against high cholesterol. Look for green teas that are naturally decaffeinated to enjoy the full benefits.

With heart disease there are very few symptoms and warning signs. Even subtle symptoms are easy to dismiss and chalk up to other causes like fatigue. If you eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and don’t smoke, it may not even occur to you that an increase in high cholesterol levels could be putting you at risk.

Take the first step and get your levels tested. Once you are aware of your own cholesterol levels, you can take proper precautions, by adding natural cholesterol supplements to your daily healthy regimen. If you’d like more information about our Nutritional medicine programs, contact us by clicking the link, or by calling (972) 840-2520.

Why Your Cholesterol Medication May Be Making You Sick

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Prescription cholesterol medications such as Lipitor and Crestor are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States. Known as statins, these drugs have been credited with saving thousands of lives. But medical experts have expressed mounting concerns about the health risks associated with these medicines. They might not be your best option for heart health, especially when more natural, effective remedies exist.

The New York Times reports that recently published evidence suggests a link between statins and type two diabetes. Statin therapy was associated with a 9 percent increase in incident diabetes in a study of 91,140 individuals.

Furthermore, statins make no distinction between bad cholesterol and good cholesterol in the body. Statins work by lowering levels of all types of cholesterol in the body. Statins decrease levels of beneficial cholesterol, which serves a protective role in the body, and also lower levels of CoQ10, which is important for heart health.

So while cholesterol medication could help those in imminent danger of heart attack or stroke, or those who have severe cardiovascular blockage, they are not a good option for healthy people looking to lower their risk of heart attack and stroke. In healthy people, statins have a clinically insignificant effect in reducing heart attack risk. In other words, the benefits are not worth the risk.

Natural remedies exist that have been proven to improve heart health without the harmful side effects of prescription cholesterol medication. The following foods, taken as daily supplements or included in an overall heart-healthy diet, can be much more effective in boosting heart health than taking a risky prescription cholesterol medication.

Six effective, natural solutions for long term heart health

  1. Tuna Oil
    Tuna Oil contains essential Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, which provides a plethora of heart health benefits. Omega-3 supports normal lipid function, lowering bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol. It supports the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response, which can drastically reduce heart attack risk. Supportive research has shown that DHA and EPA Omega-3 fatty acids has the potential to lower risk of heart diseases. We carry a tuna oil omega-3 formula made byStandard Process that contains all the benefits of tuna oil in a convenient daily supplement.
  2.  White Willow Bark
    With all the similar pain and inflammation treatment properties as aspirin, minus the gastric side effects, white willow bark has been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory. This has led to a recent resurgence of one the oldest natural remedies known. Use of white willow bark dates back to ancient Egyptian times.
  3.  Curcumin
    Curcumin, derived from turmeric, is known to inhibit inflammation by restricting NF-kB in the body’s inflammatory response. This reduces inflammation without many side effects, although taking more than 600mg of curcumin daily in extended use can cause upset stomach.
  4. Green Tea
    Green tea is an excellent antioxidant, and is therefore known to have cardiovascular disease and cancer preventive characteristics. Research into the effects of green tea in the body has shown in to be an effective, natural anti-inflammatory agent, providing the benefits of cholesterol medication without the risky side-effects. Taken daily, it can contribute to long term heart health.
  5. Frankincense
    Boswellia serrata resin, derived from frankincense, possesses anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-arthritic properties. Clinically, it is typically used in the treatment of joint problems, but the residual heart health benefits make it a great daily supplement.
  6. Whole Grains
    Whole grain foods such as breakfast cereals, whole grain wheat toast, and any food with whole grain fiber can lower cholesterol. The American Heart Association says that eating whole grains provides important health benefits. It is a good source of dietary fiber, which can lower the risk of heart attack. Dietary fiber leads to a feeling of fullness, which can promote healthier eating habits. Whole grains also contain many other nutrients such as B-vitamins, folate, iron, magnesium, and selenium.

The most effective heart-attack preventive measure is nutritional therapy. Alterations in diet can lead to drastically reduced risk of heart attack, and better overall heart health. Of course, lowering your sugar and fat intake will help, but there are also foods that are especially beneficial. Eating heart healthy foods and taking natural, herbal supplements is a much better long term plan for heart health than relying on cholesterol medication as a silver bullet.

If you’d like a safe and healthy way to lower your cholesterol, contact the health professionals at Texas Spine & Wellness. Garland chiropractor Dr. James Mixon and his staff specialize in Nutrition Response Therapy, and customized Nutrition Programs. Each year they help hundreds of people regain their energy and vitality and get back to enjoying life!

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