Believe you have high Cholesterol, exeriencing symptoms of high cholesterol but are not sure if you have high cholesterol, it is important to understand what cholesterol is, how it relates to high blood pressure, how high cholesterol affects your health and how to treat high cholesterol with natural therapies and herbal treatment remedies.

 

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fat (lipid) which is produced by the liver and is crucial for normal body functioning. Lipids are fats that are found throughout the body. Cholesterol, a type of lipid, is found in foods from animal sources. This means that meats, burgers bacon, fried foods and whole-fat dairy products (including milk, cheese, and ice cream) are loaded with cholesterol — and vegetables, fruits, and grains contain none.

 

Lipoproteins are basically carriers for cholesterol, fat and others and carry the cholesterol throughout the body.

 

1.    LDL (low density lipoprotein) - people often refer to it as bad cholesterol. LDL carries cholesterol from the liver to cells. If too much lipoprotein builds up in the blood it can cause cardiovascular problems, like strokes, or heart attacks.

 

2.    HDL (high density lipoprotein) - people often refer to it as good cholesterol. Experts say HDL prevents cardiovascular disease. HDL does the opposite of LDL - HDL takes the cholesterol away from the cells and back to the liver and is either broken down or expelled from the body as waste.

 

3. Triglycerides are common types of fats (lipids) that are essential for good health when present in normal amounts and are present in food as well as manufactured by the body. When too much fatty  or sugary foods are consumed they can cause abnormally high triglyceride levels. Excessively high triglyceride levels are associated with a number of conditions such as cirrhosis (a disease of the liver), under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism), diabetes and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).

 

What causes high cholesterol?

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     1.   Nutrition - although some foods contain cholesterol, such as eggs, kidneys and

           some sea-foods, dietary cholesterol does not have much of an impact in

           human blood cholesterol levels. However, saturated fats do! Foods high in

           saturated fats include red meat, some pies, sausages, processed meats (salami,

           bacon etc.), hard cheeses, pastry, cakes, most biscuits, cream (there are many 

           more).

     2.   Sedentary lifestyle - people who do not exercise and spend most of their time

           sitting/lying down have significantly higher levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and lower levels of HDL (good cholesterol).

     3.   Bodyweight - people who are overweight/obese are much more likely to have higher LDL levels and lower HDL levels,

           compared to people who are of normal weight.

     4.   Smoking - this can have quite a considerable effect on LDL levels.

     5.   Alcohol - people who consume alcohol regularly, generally have much higher levels of LDL and much lower levels of

           HDL, compared to people who abstain or those who drink in moderation.

 

How can high cholesterol be treated?

Most people can usually lower their cholesterol and triglyceride levels back to normal by:

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     •   Lifestyle changes

     •   Plenty of exercise

     •   Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, oats, good quality fats (e.g. olive oil,

         coconut oil, fish oil etc.)

     •   Avoiding foods with saturated fats (e.g. fatty meat, sausages, chips, deep fried foods

         etc.)

     •   Getting plenty of sleep (8 hours each night)

     •   Bringing your bodyweight to a good healthy weight

     •   Avoiding alcohol (Minimizing)

     •   Stop smoking

 What's Your Cholesterol Level?

People who are at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease will not lower their risk just by altering their diet and must adhere to their doctor's recommendations. Nevertheless, a healthy diet will have numerous health benefits, including improvement of one's total well being.  At Real Therapies Clinic we will assess your current state of health and show you how to manage and control your cholesterol and triglyceride levels with natural supplements.

 

Contact Real Therapies for a Real Assessment of Your Cholesterol