Naturopathic Medicine: Diet, Natural Remedies and Treatments For High Cholesterol
A serious condition known as high cholesterol blocks the blood flow in the arteries. This can damage the heart causing strokes and heart attacks. As people continue to gain weight in the United States cholesterol is becoming a major health problem. Many people use prescription medication known as statin drugs to lower cholesterol. Recently, the news has been reporting of the serious side-effects from these medications. Naturopathic medicine is a natural alternative for managing high cholesterol utilizing diet, holistic, alternative treatments and supplements.
Why Use Naturopathic Medicine, Diet And Natural Treatments For High Cholesterol?
About 104 million people in America have elevated cholesterol levels over 200 milligrams. Any level above 200 milligrams is a health concern that could lead to heart problems. This used to be a concern only for people over 55 years old and now high cholesterol can be found in children and young adults. The problem is that the American diet is full of fatty fast food and many people have a sedentary lifestyle.
Current research into prescription cholesterol lowering drugs report they can cause serious side effects, such as memory loss, liver damage, sexual dysfunction, and muscle pain. Statins (cholesterol lowing drugs) decrease the body’s, specifically the heart, supply of Coenzyme Q10. This powerful nutrient provides strength and energy to the heart, and may even prevent and treat cancer.
Naturopathic Doctors Offers Natural, Alternative Treatments To Controlling Cholesterol Levels With Diet And Supplements.
How Can Naturopathic/Natural Medicine Helps With High Cholesterol?
Naturopathic/natural medicine for lowering high cholesterol assists the body in regulating cholesterol production. The body in return regulates itself to a balanced state that triggers its ability to heal. Any cholesterol treatment program, whether using diet, supplements or both, to lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol and increase the “good” HDL cholesterol. Each type of cholesterol mainly comes from diet, although the risk of having high cholesterol is partially hereditary. A good diet, exercise, and weight loss regimen are very effective, safe, and natural ways to drop high cholesterol.
You Can Also Try The Following Natural Remedies.
- Red Yeast Rice. Made from fermenting the red yeast over rice. Red yeast rice has lovastatin in it. This substance inhibits an enzyme that makes cholesterol, the same principle by which statin drugs work.
- Guggul Extract. Guggul (aka. Commiphora mukul) is originally an herb from India that studies show has the natural effect of lowering triglycerides. Studies have shown it to be more effective in lowering cholesterol than some prescription drugs and, like many natural substances, with no the side effects.
- Coenzyme Q10. This nutrient produces energy in the bodies’ cells and helps in strengthening the heart. Supplements with CoQ10 increase energy in the heart muscle, boost heart function, and lower total cholesterol levels.
- Garlic. The old age herb of Garlic has natural antifungal, antibacterial and potent antioxidant properties. Its benefits are that it lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, dissolves blood clots and has many other positive effects.
- Policosanol. This nutrient is an extract from sugar cane wax. Policosanol has shown in research to help the liver control its output of cholesterol. This nutrient raises HDL and lowers LDL cholesterol without negative side effects.
There are many other herbs, vitamins, and supplements shown to help in lowering high cholesterol. You should consult with a trained professional before adding supplements to your diet.
Diet: What Not to Eat
In your diet, you should avoid foods with high-cholesterol or with saturated fats. These types of foods are eggs, cream, whole milk, palm oil, animal fat, organ meats, cheese, ice cream, cakes and pastries. Olive oil is a good healthy addition in your diet to help lowering LDL levels. Furthermore, to remember in your diet is moderate consumption of alcohol and quiting smoking.
What Causes High Cholesterol In The Body?
Cholesterol is a yellow waxy substance that is a part of the digestive juices, bile, and is made by the liver. The reason for cholesterol is to move fat-soluble substances throughout the body. The cholesterol helps in the making of vitamin D, aids digestion, protects sex hormones, nerves and blood cells. It is a substance that has a purpose when in normal amounts within the body. Problems happen when high levels of cholesterol develop which over time can lead to heart disease.
High levels of LDL cholesterol can damage blood vessels and contribute to coronary heart disease. HDL moves cholesterol in the body to the liver, which sends it out the body and prevents a buildup in the arteries. High levels of LDL cholesterol build up in the body leading to a blockage in the arteries. This develops over decades leading to heart problems or a heart attack.
What Exactly Is Naturopathic Medicine?
The science of Naturopathic medicine is a collection of drug-free, non-invasive natural treatments that work to put the mind, body and spirit into a state of balance. Naturopathy includes diet, nutrition, herbs and supplements, exercise, emotional support/counseling, stress reduction and massage. The aim of naturopathy is for prevention of illness and healing. A naturopathic/natural doctor considers the entire person; lifestyle habits, family history, medical history, and goals when using treatments. Seeing a Naturopathic Doctor, such as myself, can help to assess your cholesterol levels and decide which diet, natural treatments and lifestyle changes will be most effective. Click the link to contact me.
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