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What are the Best Natural Ways to Lower Cholesterol? 

 July 2, 2012

By  Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

Don’t let the bread fool you!

Mechanicsville Virginia Chiropractor – Cholesterol is an important nutrient essential to many bodily functions. Every one of the body’s cells is surrounded by a membrane in which cholesterol plays an important part. Cholesterol is responsible for the building and maintenance of these cell walls and also helps regulate membrane permeability. Cholesterol is also necessary for nerve cell communication, is key to the healthy functioning of the immune system, and is essential to the creation of many hormones in your body. Your liver actually makes most of the cholesterol in your body, so even if you eat little dietary cholesterol, your levels can still be high.

Of course, having high cholesterol numbers is not good, particularly if you have high levels of “bad” cholesterol (Low Density Lipoprotein or LDL), as it indicates there is a problem somewhere in the body. Higher levels of “good” cholesterol (High Density Lipoprotein or HDL) are far better because they are a sign that the body is getting rid of cholesterol that’s not needed. The reason for this can be explained something like this: HDL and LDL are not actually cholesterol. They are simply the means by which cholesterol is transported in the body. The purpose of LDL is to transport cholesterol from the liver to where it is needed in the body. HDL transports cholesterol back to the liver when it is no longer needed so it can be eliminated from the body via the digestive system.

Therefore, if LDL is high it is a sign that there is some sort of damage in the body that needs cholesterol for its repair, which is often some form of inflammation (this is such an important point). If HDL is higher, is a sign that cholesterol is not needed. Essentially, cholesterol is not the problem. It is only an indication that there is a problem somewhere in the body that needs attention. In other words, blaming cholesterol for heart disease is like blaming firefighters for trying to put out the flames in a burning building. Reducing cholesterol LDL and HDL is not the goal; removing the damage or inflammation that cholesterol is trying to fix is, and if that is done, cholesterol levels will fall naturally. So how can you do this? Following are a few suggestions of some natural ways to lower cholesterol.

Exercise – One of the best things you can do to lower cholesterol is to get moving. And it doesn’t have to necessarily be a strenuous workout. Even walking for 30 minutes to an hour a day can seriously affect your numbers.  If possible add some resistance exercise 3 times a week.  Brief but intense workouts.

Chiropractic Care – Chiropractic adjustments correct vertebral subluxations, which are misalignments of the spine.  Every time an subluxation is present there will be abnormal wear and tear to a joint and subsequent nerve irritation.  That is to say, inflammation will be present.  There fore the correction of subluxations from adjustments, will reduce inflammation because your body will heal on its, naturally.  Thus, no more inflammation, to increase LDL.

Avoid processed foods – These are filled with high amounts of unhealthy fats, sugar and chemicals, all of which cause damage in the form of increased risk of chronic illness such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, which cholesterol is produced to fight against.

Avoid trans fats and hydrogenated oils – It isn’t necessary to avoid all saturated fats and cholesterol-containing foods like eggs and meat, particularly if they are organic. It’s the trans fats and hydrogenated oils that cause the most damage. Eat more unsaturated oils such as that contained in olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds, and stick to saturated fats such as butter in moderation.

Consider Nutrients to Nurture/Nourish the Liver, Gallbladder, and  improve Gut Motility – Please ask us about some wonder products: A-F Betafood, Livaplex, Gastro-Fiber and perhaps a purification kit.  Keep in mind the reality of inflammation as a cause of high LDL cholesterol (mentioned above).  At the bear minimum one should already be taking a quality whole food multi-vitamin, a trace mineral product, Omega-3 fatty acid, Vitamin D, and magnesium lactate, to decrease inflammation throughout the body.

Increase intake of whole foods – Foods high in fiber and diets that decrease or eliminate grains and dairy have been shown to decrease inflammation, decrease triglycerides, and decrease LDL.  One of the reasons the traditional Mediterranean diet is so good at reducing heart disease is that people from this region cook whole foods and incorporate a lot of fruits, vegetables, olive oil and a glass or two of red wine (which also can lower cholesterol) into their daily diet.  There are several diet (not to be confused with limiting calories to starvation levels) strategies out there like this.  The most popular are Paleo and Primal Blueprint guides to eating.  Both are highly recommended and very similar (not identical).  Give us a call if you have any questions.  804-559-1100

Stover Chiropractic, P.C. – Real. Simple. Healthcare.

 

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.


Dr. Stover grew up in Richmond. He has been married to his wife Andrea since 2000 and they make their home in Mechanicsville with their children, Avery and Garnett.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

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