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Dietary changes can result in lower cholesterol levels. By making dietary changes to promote lower cholesterol levels you'll be able to work with your doctor to gradually wean off medication and eliminate negative medication side effects. And the diet changes don't have to be hard!
Here are three examples of simple diet shifts that will promote a lower cholesterol.
Diet Shift #1 - Replace eggs & bacon with oatmeal & fruit.
If your standard breakfast consists of cholesterol laden fried eggs and a side of fat (okay, bacon) swap this out for a bowl of oatmeal topped with fresh berries and ground flaxseed. The whole grain oatmeal will promote lower cholesterol levels , blood sugar control, and help you feel full longer. Antioxidant rich berries will help reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol that leads to plaque build up , while flaxseed is a rich source of heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids.
Diet Shift #2 - Exchange your snack crackers for a serving of nuts.
If you tend to grab sn...
Celery is more than just a low calorie snack you eat when dieting, it can also help you lower blood pressure.
Celery contains apigenin, a substance know to help lower high blood pressure. One studies found a reduced blood pressure in 14 out of 16 individuals that were given celery.
Here are some options to take advantage of the benefits of celery:
Eat 4 celery stalks each day.
Consume 8 teaspoons of celery juice 3 times a day.
Take 1000 mg of celery seed extract twice a day.
Take ½ to 1 teaspoon of celery oil 3 times a day in tincture form.
The above recommendations come from Dr. Mark Houston. Discuss all supplements with your MD!
Last week I talked about triglycerides and how they affect our health, and this week we want to go a little further in that discussion, to look at some of the dietary changes which will help you reduce your triglyceride levels.
Three Ways to Lower Your Triglyceride Levels
1. Reduce your processed carb intake
The standard advice, which gravitates towards a diet lower in fat as a way to protect your heart, may be doing more harm than good.
The fact is, that when most people go on a low fat diet they replace those calories from fat with calories from carbohydrate foods.
Think about how much bread, pasta, potato chips, cookies, breakfast cereals you eat in the course of one day…. do carb foods make up the highest percentage of your energy intake (compared to proteins and fats)?
If your diet is high in these sugary foods, then you will be increasing your triglycerides levels as a result.
A 2008 study published in the New England Jo...
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