|As you can probably surmise, I’m constantly reviewing studies and news in the health world to keep up on the latest developments and learn news ways to help people.
Sometimes I get blown away by a study or an article and I can’t wait to pass that great information on to you!
Well, this is not one of those times.
As a matter of fact, the article I just read is so completely useless, it’s not even worth the paper it was written on.
Here’s what I mean:
Alternative therapies for lowering cholesterol
I read an article by a prominent cardiologist stating that “alternative therapies” in addition to statin therapy may be effective in lowering blood cholesterol levels.
Here are the “alternative therapies” along with my comments in italics:
A heart-healthy diet, which reduces the amount of LDL cholesterol you eat while increasing dietary fiber.
Ho-hum. The typical “heart-healthy diet” heavy on grains and polyunsaturated fats (while saturated fats have been demonized) is the primary reason we are in the abysmal state of cardiovascular health that we’re in.
Zetia (ezetimibe), a drug that blocks absorption of cholesterol in the digestive tract.
Of course! Why take just one drug when you can take two?
Here’s the really special news: Zetia’s side effects include serious allergic reactions that may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing, joint pain, muscle aches, liver problems, stomach pain, pancreatic inflammation, dizziness, depression, headaches, and gallstones.
But hey, your cholesterol might come down.
Bile acid sequestrants, a class of medication that encourages the liver to draw more cholesterol from the bloodstream.
Drugs, drugs and more drugs. Here we go—these are the side effects of this type of medication:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); choking; difficulty swallowing; severe or persistent constipation, diarrhea, or stomach pain; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; symptoms of pancreas inflammation; throat pain or irritation.
But don’t worry—there are drugs that address all of those side effects too.
Ileal bypass surgery, which shortens the length of the small intestine by bypassing its final section. This promotes conversion of cholesterol into bile acids by the liver.
This takes the cake. Surgically altering your small intestine—are you kidding me? If you have this done, say goodbye to any semblance of normal digestion and nutrient absorption. Gas, bloating and diarrhea will be your regular companions and you will be susceptible to deficiency diseases like osteoporosis.
But again, don’t worry. There are drugs for all of that too.
Do you see the insanity here by any chance?
Well, the good news is that I will now tell you…
How to REALLY (and safely) help control cholesterol
A smarter, safer approach here is to naturally support your body in its efforts to control inflammation and maintain a healthy cholesterol level!
Here are some measures that can help:
1- Start with your diet
Eat wholesome REAL foods (fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, fish, dairy and real butter) and ditch the refined carbs and sodas. Also, limit the pastas, breads and rice.
And don’t buy into the “all saturated fat is bad” BS either—that was created by the sugar industry and by vegetable oil companies who make a lot of money selling you their rancid creations and margarines.
2- Make sure you have adequate levels of Omega-3 essential fatty acids
When you have a deficiency of anti-inflammatory Omega-3 EFAs combined with too many inflammation-stirring Omega-6 EFAs (like most people with a typical modern diet do), you’re encouraging inflammation, pain and disease, as well as not being able to eliminate old worn-out cholesterol as well as you should.
But when you bring the balance closer to the ideal 3:1 range of Omega-6 to Omega-3, they can act in harmony to keep inflammation low in your body (including your arteries!) and help you get rid of excess cholesterol.
VitalMega-3 is a top-quality fish oil formula that can help you achieve this optimal balance.
Based on recent studies, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported decreases in cholesterol of up to 20 percent in just 10 days by boosting Omega-3 EFA’s through diet and supplementation!
(Note-be sure to talk to your doctor if you are on blood thinners.)
3- Get regular exercise
This doesn’t have to be drudgery—even taking a walk four times a week can be a big help! Just be sure to get your doctor’s OK.
4- Supplement with probiotics
Your liver naturally controls your cholesterol level by eliminating old, worn-out cholesterol through the intestinal tract, but in order for it to effectively do so, a healthy intestinal environment and regular bowel movements are crucial.
Supplementing with probiotics like Super Shield can help support your body’s efforts by encouraging healthy BMs and repopulating your supply of helpful intestinal bacteria.
5- Support liver health
Your liver controls your cholesterol level, so here are ways to support good liver health:
- Drink a large glass of room temperature water every morning to which a splash of fresh lemon or lime juice has been added to flush out the liver.
- Incorporate onions and garlic into your meals.
- Consider milk thistle supplementation.
- Drink mainly filtered water throughout the day.
- Limit alcohol consumption to a drink or two, preferably with a meal.
See what a difference it can make in your cholesterol level (and your overall health!) when you naturally help your body work like it should.