Think eating high cholesterol foods is what’s to blame for high cholesterol levels in the body? Think again. Today’s research shows that there is very little correlation between the cholesterol that one consumes and the body’s cholesterol production.
That doesn’t mean dietary choices can’t be blamed though! The liver gets triggered to produce fat and cholesterol in response to excess sugar and carbs. Meaning high-carb diets are to blame for high cholesterol levels! Why? Well, carbs are known to increase the production of triglycerides, lower the good (HDL) cholesterol, and increase the bad (LDL) cholesterol.
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3 WAYS TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL NATURALLY
Incorporate cholesterol-lowering foods into your diet. What kind of foods are these?
1. Studies have proven that soluble fiber-rich foods like oats help lower cholesterol by binding cholesterol and its precursors in the digestive system and dragging them out before they get into circulation.
- Numerous studies have shown that eating almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and other nuts are good for the heart.
- Fruit like apples, grapes, strawberries and citrus fruits are rich in pectin, another form of soluble fiber that regulates cholesterol levels.
- Eating fish replaces meat, which has cholesterol-boosting saturated fats. It also provides you with a dose of Omega-3s which are known to reduce triglycerides in the bloodstream.
2. Have your digestive system evaluated so you absorb what you eat
Cholesterol is necessary for digestion. The human body uses it to synthesize bile acids, which help the digestion of fats. It’s actually bile that gives your poo a color. The darker brown your poo, the more bile it contains. If bile is not being produced, then cholesterol is not being removed from the body and high cholesterol levels can result. Having your digestive system evaluated can help determine if supplements or a detox are needed to increase bile production and reduce cholesterol levels.
3. Have your spine evaluated for spinal subluxations
You may be wondering what chiropractic has to do with anything. Healthy cholesterol levels depend upon your liver. The liver knows what to do, because of the nerves controlling it, and these nerves come from the spine. If the spine is misaligned, the nerves do NOT work as they should. The result? The liver can’t do its job very well! This means that even if you eat well, exercise and so on, spinal misalignments put your cholesterol levels at risk. To determine whether spinal misalignments are affecting your cholesterol levels we highly suggest booking a spinal check-up with one of our chiropractors.