Five Smart Things You Can Do To Manage Cholesterol and Lower Blood Pressure Naturally
Cholesterol is NOT the Cause of Heart Disease! Chronic inflammation and injuries in the artery wall are the key triggers of heart disease.
While there is some evidence that high cholesterol can be inherited, in most cases it occurs as the consequence of poor, unhealthy diet and lack of exercise.
The biggest culprits of chronic inflammation are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.
The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.
Chronic inflammation causes cholesterol to accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and become trapped for a long time.
Cholesterol is NOT the cause of heart disease.
Cholesterol is a vital component of every cell membrane on Earth. The cholesterol is absolutely essential for neuron transport, the lack of cholesterol can negatively affect our brain function.
Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended.
Acute inflammation is in fact beneficial as it is body’s natural defense to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation protects our body from these bacterial and viral invaders.
However, if we continuously expose the body to injury by toxins or foods we were not designed to process, a chronic inflammation occurs. The chronic inflammation causes our cholesterol levels to become constantly elevated and this triggers the heart disease.
Stay Away From Homogenized Milk
Homogenized and pasteurized milk is another important factor that highly contributes to injuries of the artery walls.
Pasteurization and homogenization process completely changes the structure of the milk proteins.
Only raw, unprocessed milk is good for us, unfortunately not easy to find. Read more on Milk.
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The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels was in fact helped greatly by the low-fat diet that was recommended for years in the Western world.
By eating the low-fat food we have introduced highly processed food contaminated with toxic food additives. Indeed the cholesterol levels are lower as a consequence, but the beneficial impact on addressing the root cause of heart disease remains unproven and unclear. Plus too little fat could cause serious health issues.
Five Smart Things You Can Do To Manage Cholesterol Levels and Blood Pressure Naturally
- Avoid processed foods loaded with sugars and omega 6 oils. Replace it with fresh fruits, vegetables and meats, fish and healthy fat and oils like ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, butter etc.
- Avoid at all costs homogenized milk and dairy made of pasteurized milk. Goat milk is a healthy alternative.
- Add Garlic to the diet. When it comes to heart disease, the magic of garlic is well known to many. Garlic has been found to reduce the buildup and inhibit the formation of atherosclerotic plaque in our arteries. Garlic supplements are proven to reduce high cholesterol levels and blood pressure in people with hypertension.
- Exercise daily. A vital strategy to take control of your health is exercise. A regular, effective exercise program can go a long way toward reducing your insulin levels and your blood pressure.
- Introduce some of the 7 herbs that help manage cholesterol levels: Hawthorn berry, Capsicum (a spicy herb that is often found in salsas and chili), Psyllium, Butcher’s broom, Guggul, Licorice root and Fenugreek seeds.
Hawthorn, for example has been used by herbalists for decades and has been studied for its use in treating health issues related to the heart and blood vessels like congestive heart failure, cardiac insufficiency, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, angina, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol etc. A meta-analysis based on data from multiple studies concluded that a hawthorn extract offers significant benefits. Hawthorn is best to be used in fresh form (juice), tincture or extract.
Caution – any of the herbs potentially can significantly interact with prescription medications, make sure you consult with your health practitioner first.