Managing Your Crohn’s Disease With Natural Remedies And Diet

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If you have Crohn’s Disease, there’s nothing like a flare-up to make you feel like the disease is running your life. Take heart! There are plenty of simple, effective things you can do about your diet and your everyday habits to put yourself more firmly in control, and put inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s, Colitis, Ulcerative Colitis) symptoms in their place.

What foods in your diet could be effecting your Chron’s disease?

Science has come up with a link between diet, nutrition and Crohn’s – but maybe you’ve noticed (or you may just suspect) that some foods make the abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, and other distressing symptoms worse, especially during a flare-up.

Here’s a fundamental first step to discover which foods in your diet plan are the culprits: keep a diary of everything you eat, and track your symptoms, day by day. If you’re sensitive to particular kinds of food, you’ll soon see the pattern. Some diet and nutrition issues for many Crohn’s suffers include:

  • “Gassy” foods in general. You may be painfully aware already of how you’re affected by typical problem foods — beans, corn, raw    fruits, cabbage-family vegetables, including Brussels sprouts and broccoli, spicy dishes, alcohol, caffeine. Eliminating or limiting the ones that bother your Crohn’s is simple once your diary has identified them.
  • Dairy products. Like many people, inflammatory bowel disease (Colitis, Crohns) sufferers can be lactose intolerant, meaning they don’t digest milk sugar. Cut down on milk, cheeses, yogurt, etc., or use an enzyme supplement like Lactaid to aid lactose digestion.
  • Fatty foods. Fat content is a particular problem for upper-intestine Crohn’s suffers, as that’s where fat is normally digested. Watch out for aggravated symptoms when you eat creamy sauces, butter, margarine, and fried foods.
  • Fiber – good or bad? Inflammatory bowel disease makes that question a little harder to answer.  Raw, fresh veggies and fruits,whole grains, nuts, and seeds are excellent for good nutrition, but come can possibly make you feel bloated and miserable. Stewing or baking vegetables will make them more digestible. Your diary may reveal that you’re fine with some fiber rich foods, sensitive to others. If you want to start a high-fiber diet, be sure to consult with your holistic natural doctor or nutritionist.
  • Meal size and liquid intake. It’s not unusual with Crohn’s to find that five or six small meals per day leave you feeling better than the usual three. Give it a try — and it’s fun to snack, anyway. Another important point: make sure to drink plenty of fluids daily, with water being the drink of choice. Bearing in mind the cautions about caffeine, dairy, raw juices and gassy things like soda, you can use your diary (and read labels when you shop) to find out what suits you best.

Vitamins, minerals, and nutrition advice

Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohns, Colitis, Ulcerative Colitis) interferes with the body’s ability to extract nutrients from food. Also, there’s a tendency for your diet and vitamin mineral status to become limited over time, and that limits the range of minerals and vitamins you’re getting. Multivitamin and mineral supplements can  help a lot, but don’t just grab a bottle off the shelf. You’re an individual with a unique body: here’s where you need to consult with a holistic natural doctor or clinical nutritionist, to find out which supplements you need. That’s especially true if your diet has become restricted and/or you’ve lost weight.

And then there’s stress

“Stress” – a word that covers everything from dealing with an annoying phone call to changing jobs to grieving for a lost loved one. We all experience it,it’s part of being alive. But Crohn’s sufferers can manage stress so that its painful effects on their systems – the increased acid, the altered digestive rates – can be minimized. And it’s not difficult to do.

Exercise

You don’t have to join a gym, or take up marathon running, or lift weights. The simplest activities, like daily walks, can have a wonderfully calming influence on your body and mind. Your doctor should  be able to suggest what will fit best into your life.

Biofeedback

A de-stressing technique learned by using a biofeedback machine, usually at doctors offices and other natural health centers. You learn how to modify the machine’s signals by lowering your heart rate and relaxing your muscles, and then to achieve the same state without the machine, so you can “take it home with you”.

Breathing and relaxation exercises

Another example of how a little can do a lot of good. For instance, the simplest yoga-based breathing and meditational routines can significantly reduce tension, and benefit the body. You feel improvement right away, and it needn’t take a lot of time. Relaxation techniques can be learned from classes, books, or  CDs or DVDs.

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Hypnotherapy/Hypnosis Treatment for Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

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Worries and concerns are realities of everyday life. Mostly, we deal with them pretty well. But when the level of worry and fear rises to the point where we start experiencing physical symptoms, health professionals call it anxiety. The body’s instinctive “fight-or-flight” reaction to danger goes into overdrive and persists when there’s no longer any actual threat. It may be situational – a stomachache before an exam or interview, nausea while anticipating a trip to the dentist.

Anxiety can be triggered by physical pain which makes the pain worse – and can go away once the situation has passed. In some cases, however, it can become chronic, a psychological anxiety disorder associated with obsessive thoughts, phobias and distressing physical symptoms that can disrupt the person’s life and adversely affect their health. Adult sufferers of varying degrees of anxiety disorder are estimated in the tens of millions.

How Does Hypnotherapy/Hypnosis Work?

Hypnotherapy/hypnosis can be an effective treatment, both for situational anxiety and anxiety disorders. The hypnosis therapist guides the client into a relaxed  mind-body state. Then the negative thoughts causing the anxiety can be replaced with positive, reality-based ideas imprinted on the subconscious mind, which frees the person to cope, and regain control of their life.

  • For pain anxiety and other situational, non-psychological anxiety – for instance, a patient anticipating surgery — therapists use   suggestion hypnotherapy/hypnosis. During the hypnotized state, the therapist makes positive suggestions to help the client release their worries. The therapist also teaches techniques for dealing with the physical symptoms – breathing exercises, controlling mental    imagery, and behavior modification techniques among them. To help when you have a “bout” of anxiety, your hypnosis therapist can teach on-the-spot skills in deep breathing, or how to interrupt and refocus your thoughts, that will allow you to deal with it then and there. As you learn to master your mental/physical sensations, your self-confidence returns, and anxiety ebbs.
  • With anxiety disorders, the goal of hypnotherapy or hypnosis is to get at the root of the phobias that drive the anxiety, which are often hidden from the client. Bringing these past experiences and fear-inducing ideas into the light of full consciousness lets the person explore them rationally and re-process them, gradually robbing them of their potency.

Why does it work? A phobia can be described as a learned fear reaction, originally to a past event, that has taken on an uncontrollable life of its own through repetition over time. The hypnotic state allows the therapist to guide the client back to the forgotten event – the birth of the phobia, so to speak.

The person in hypnosis retains their normal ability to learn and respond to new experience and ideas, so the therapist can help them detach the old event from the fearful thoughts and sensations that they’ve learned to link to it. The memory is still there, but now the client, still in the relaxed hypnotic state, can learn to link it with more positive, healthful associations. When situations that would have triggered irrational anxiety occur now in everyday life, the client can respond with less fear and more confidence.

A Hypnotherapy/Hypnosis Session Described

First the therapist and client will discuss the anxiety problems in a general way. Then the hypnosis therapist will gradually guide the patient into a trancelike, relaxed state using a combination of relaxation suggestions and suggested mental imagery. The hypnotized/hypnosis state of consciousness is rather like that of meditation, or prolonged day-dreaming.

Contrary to the images in old thriller movies, hypnotized persons retain full use of their free will and self-control. They do become increasingly open to suggestion, which aids in the conquest of anxiety – and as the level of awareness deepens, external stimuli in the environment no longer distract, blood pressure goes down, breathing and heart rate slow.

Now the client, guided by the therapist’s skill and suggestions, can access the old seed-memories, detach them from fear-generating emotions, and learn new ways to cope with the life situations that have been causing distress. Then the hypnosis therapist guides the client back to normal consciousness. The session wraps up with a general discussion about the client’s experience.

Most sessions last about one hour, and most clients show improvement within one to ten sessions.

Who Can Be Hypnotized And Put Into A State Of Hypnosis?

Most people can be hypnotized. Understandably, it helps to be working with a therapist who inspires confidence, with whom you feel comfortable; this helps you to slip into the therapeutic hypnotic trance more easily. Children from ages nine to twelve are usually good hypnotic subjects, and  may show improvement very quickly, after as little as one or two sessions.

Email Dr. Robert at rob@drrobertg.com or call 201.618.3534 to discuss natural options to overcoming anxiety.

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A Little Soy In Your Diet Can Prevent Breast Cancer..

A recent study published in November, 2010 found that increasing phytoestrogens, from dietary soy food sources found it decreased the risk of some types of breast cancer. These findings are presented at the Ninth Annual Cancer Prevention Research Conference, held in Nov in Philadelphia.

Anne Weaver, a graduate student at the University at Buffalo and research assistant at Roswell Park Cancer Institute stated, “This study was unique in that we investigated specific subtypes of breast cancer.”

The breast cancer study showed that women with the highest isoflavone intake from diet had a 30 percent reduced risk of having an invasive breast cancer tumor.

Conclusions from the study by menopausal status showed that: Among women who are  premenopausal, the highest intake of dietary isoflavones had a 30 percent decreased risk of stage I cancer, a 70 percent decreased risk of a cancer tumor larger than 2 cm, and a 60 percent reduced risk of having stage 2 breast cancer. These conclusions were not observed among women who were post menopausal.

Not all soy foods are created the same. Some are potentially harmful. If you want diet advice and holistic alternative treatments for Cancer  or prevention. Call Dr. Robert at 201.618.3534 or click here to be taken to my contact page.

Vitamin B12 and Brain Shrinkage

According to a recent study published in the journal Neurology, higher B12 levels may protect against brain shrinkage in the elderly.

David Smith and Anna Vogiatzoglou of the University of Oxford in Britain led this study learning that people in the upper third of vitamin B12 levels were six times less likely to experience brain shrinkage than those in the lowest third.

The study involved 107 healthy people ages 61 to 87.

“Our study suggests, but does not prove, that by modifying our vitamin B12 status, we might be able to protect our brain and so possibly prevent cognitive decline,” said Smith.

“What we can say is that our results suggest that rather than maintaining one’s B12 at a level that is just above the cut-off for deficiency, it might be prudent to aim to keep it higher up the normal range.”

There are plenty of foods you can add to your diet that are a good source of vitamin B12, like milk, other dairy products, fish, meat and fortified breakfast cereals.

Vitamin B12 helps in the formation of red blood cells and is important for the maintenance of the central nervous system. Deficiencies in the vitamin can lead to anemia and neurological damage.

As has been true through all studies and medical data a balanced diet with hearty exercise will simply keep one healthier than a lifestyle lived without it. Vitamin supplementation is also a prudent course of action but should not be attempted without supervision; in some cases taking too much of one vitamin or supplement can be harmful to one’s health.

The best course of action is to seek out the advice of nutritionist/natural health adviser like myself,  Dr. Robert Galarowicz. Located in Bergen County New Jersey serving the surrounding areas like Passaic, Rockland and Orange County.

Americans Need More Vitamin D To Be Healthy

Researchers from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine found three out of four Americans had insufficient levels of vitamin D, the so called “sunshine vitamin”. Ironic as it is: spending 10 minutes in the sun with legs and arms exposed can help to battle the deficiency our modern world allows us ever more time to sit indoors working or playing on computers and not enough time out and about.

“But people’s habits have changed … they are less active and outdoors less, and also protecting their skin from the sun because of skin cancer risk,” said Dr. Adit Ginde said in the Colorado study.

Vitamin D is vital to bone health but recent discoveries show many types of cells in the body contain vitamin D receptors, which indicates they use vitamin D in some way. The vitamin regulates 1,000 genes, Dr. Ginde said, and is believed to have a role in preventing cardiovascular disease and cancer, and regulating the immune system.

The good news is that, besides getting one’s self out for a walk. Foods like fish and most dairy products contain a good amount of vitamin D. But as Dr. Ginde cautions, “the amounts in dairy are primarily designed to keep people from falling into the deficient category. Given the current guidelines, most Americans could use more vitamin D.”

Supplementation and that all important healthy diet, plus a good regiment of exercise-outdoors as much as possible-will help get Americans back on track where their vitamin D deficiencies are concerned. If you’re looking for a tailor-made diet regime and supplementation plan to address you’re individual needs feel free to contact me.

Mothers and newborns deficient in Vitamin D

According to recent studies, more then 1/3 of mothers and more than half of their infants had a vitamin D deficiency at the time of birth.

Anne Merewood, Director of the Breastfeeding Center at Boston Medical Center, and her associates measured vitamin D levels in 433 women and 376 newborns just 72 hours after birth, as well as collecting data from questionnaires completed by the mothers and from the mothers’ medical records. Results showed that vitamin D deficiency was present in 36 percent of mothers and 58 percent of the babies. What’s more, 30 percent of women who took vitamin D prenatally five or more times a week during the 3rd trimester tested deficient when they gave birth!

Other risk factors for vitamin D deficiency in infants included winter birth versus summer, African American moms and severe maternal obesity.

Merewood said: “The most obvious way to correct deficiency is sensible sun exposure… …even a small amount of time spent outdoors was protective against deficiency.”

Other vitamin D sources that could be implemented in our diet include cod liver oil, vitamin D fortified milk, and fatty fish.

Few children who are technically classified as vitamin D deficient have any apparent physical signs of deficiency, that’s why it’s important to have regular check-ups and keep an eye out for your kids. Supplements, multi-vitamins and a healthy diet are also a good way to combat vitamin deficiencies. Seeing a natural health expert or nutritionist is a great way to get one’s whole family on the right track for safe supplementation and healthy eating.

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Our Kids Need More Vitamin D…and How to Get It To Them

A recent report in Pediatrics showed that US kids have a raised risk of weak bones and possibly heart disease from deficient vitamin D levels. Far from parental “mega-dosing”, most children could see increased levels from just getting a little more sunshine. Dr. Michal L. Melamed of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx reported that most children could simply just benefit from getting outside and feeling some sunshine on their faces.

Due to the popularity of video and computer games, television watching and the like, modern kids simply do not get out as much as kids used to. This factor more than most contributes to the low level of vitamin D in today’s children. Melamed and her team looked at data on 6,275 children and young adults, aged 1 to 21 from the 2001-2004 National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey. What they found were 9% of those surveyed were classified “deficient” in vitamin D, while 61% were vitamin D “insufficient”. In older children, girls, obese individuals, those who drank milk less than once a week and those who spent more than four hours a day in front of a TV, computer or video screen, deficiency was more common. Non-Hispanic black kids and Mexican-Americans also were more likely than whites to be deficient.

Kids with a vitamin D deficiency are more likely to have high blood pressure, low calcium levels (that very important factor for healthy bone growth), and low levels of the “good” HDL cholesterol than children with adequate amounts of vitamin D.

While getting out into the sunshine is a great way to get vitamin D (at least 15 to 20 minutes without sunscreen) the ability of the skin to produce vitamin D from sun-as well as the risk of skin cancer–varies depending on a child’s skin color. As Dr. Melamed stated, she wasn’t advocating “sunbathing”!

She does though advocate supplements, but cautions they must be used with care. Taking too much vitamin D can lead to kidney stones and other kidney problems. It is always best to consult a health practitioner or certified nutritionist to prescribe the correct doses for you and your children. And with the winter months fast approaching, people simply getting less sunshine than they should. The time might be right to seek the advice of a Naturopathic Doctor or Nutritionist to recommend a good safe Vitamin D supplement.

Diabetics and Hypoglycemic Sufferers: Learn What Blood Sugar Is and How To Balance It Naturally With Diet Treatments!!!!

Diabetics and Hypoglycemic Sufferers: Learn What Blood Sugar Is and How To Balance It Naturally With Diet Treatments!!!!

Blood sugar or glucose is our bodies’ fuel system. It is created from the diet we eat to provide our bodies and brain with energy. After a meal, our body responds to a rise in blood sugar by secreting insulin, which is made in the pancreas. Insulin lowers blood sugar or glucose, by increasing the rate that glucose is taken up by cells throughout the body. Declines in blood sugar, which occur during food deprivation or exercise, cause the release of glucagons. Glucagon stimulates the release of glucose stored in body tissues as glycogen. If blood sugar levels fall sharply or if a person is under stress, it may result in the release of epinephrine (adrenalin) and corticosteroids (cortisol) by the adrenal glands. These hormones provide a quicker breakdown of stored glucose for extra energy during a crisis or increased need.

Obesity, Diet,  Blood Sugar, and Type II Diabetes

Obesity and diet are strongly linked to blood sugar disturbances because in obesity, there is a decreased sensitivity to insulin. When the body isn’t responding to insulin, blood sugar, created from the diet we eat, remains high and can cause excessive weight gain even without overeating. Obesity precedes 90% of adult onset diabetes. Some signs and symptoms of diabetes mellitus include excess urination, hunger, fatigue, weight gain, vaginal itching, visual changes, poor wound healing, hyperpigmented skin tags, and chronic candida. Diet factors like lack of fiber, high sugar intake, too much iron or free radicals can also contribute to the exhaustion and destruction of the insulin producing cells of the pancreas, leading to Type II diabetes.

Under the circumstances of insulin resistance and high blood sugar, fat tends to accumulate in the truncal region. Salt and water are stored at a greater rate, food cravings increase, acne and polycystic ovaries increase. Blood vessels are narrowed, cholesterol production increases in the liver, atherosclerosis and plaques increase, and blood pressure and increased blood lipid levels, which is referred to as “Syndrome X”.

Hypoglycemia occurs when blood sugar peeks and insulin decreases blood sugar levels to lower levels than the body would like. This can also happen in the early morning or when someone hasn’t eaten their diet or exercises hard. Signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia include headaches, foggy thinking, extreme fatigue, especially a few hours after eating, shakiness, sweats, irritability, fear/panic attacks, dizziness upon standing, angina, extreme hunger, crying spells, anger fits and heart palpitations. Typically, people with hypoglycemia feel better with food.

Ways to counteract blood sugar dysregulation with diet treatments:

  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals, at least every three hours, balanced in protein/complex carbohydrates/healthy fats.
  • Avoid simple sugars, saturated/hydrogenated fats, and starchy vegetables.
  • Include protein with each meal and aim for at least 20 grams at breakfast.
  • Eat plenty of fiber to decrease rapid rises in bloods sugar. Legumes, oat bran, Nut, seeds, psyllium seed husks, pears, apples, and most vegetables are high in fiber and should be consumed with every meal.
  • Dietary supplements can be helpful especially chromium or glucose tolerance factor (GTF). Chromium helps insulin sensitivity, allowing glucose to be transported in and out of cells more easily.
  • If you tend to wake up in the middle of the night due to hunger, eat a balanced complex carbohydrate/protein snack before bed.

Start exercising. Exercise improves many aspects of glucose metabolism, including enhancing insulin sensitivity, improving glucose tolerance in existing diabetics, and increasing  tissue chromium concentrations. People with blood sugar issues should try to get some form of exercise daily..

If your looking for information about diet and natural remedies for diabetes call Dr. Robert at 201.618.3534.

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Herbs/Herbology: Our Natural Pharmacy

These days we hear the term ‘herb’ referred to so often-from herbal teas to those mysterious potions used in Chinese medicines-we’re not so sure any more what a person is referring to when they say the word. Simply put for our modern day use, an herb can be a bark, flower, fruit, leaf or root, any plant or part of a plant that has nutritional or medicinal value.

The science of using plants for healing (the afore mentioned Chinese herbs are the most well known example) is called Herbology. Because herbs are relatively inexpensive and the study of them based on simple concepts, the practice of Herbology-and the men and women who treat using this discipline-has increased greatly in recent years. Herbology falls under the umbrella of the holistic medicine approach to health, with herbs acting as natural remedies to ailments from skin diseases to cancer. Currently 30% of our pharmaceutical drugs are extracted from herbs!

Although the holistic practitioner or doctor might use herbs to treat his or her client, herb therapy is not drug therapy. Holistic health views the body in its entirety, not just concerned with treating one symptom. A doctor well versed in alterative medicines views the individual as a whole, treating the body’s imbalances, looking for the cause of the symptoms a person might be exhibiting. Addressing these imbalances through better nutrition, alleviating stress and yes, often time Herbs/Herbology, the individual stands a better chance of fighting off disease with their body at optimum health.

Naturopathic Medicine: Diet, Natural Remedies and Treatments For High Cholesterol

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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