You have high cholesterol? So what?
More and more of us do not want to fall into the drug trap…but, lets admit it, cholesterol is kind of scarry.
Since we all have cholesterol (it is normal) in our body, big pharma made sure to plant in our head that having various levels of cholesterol in our body was a problem.
The role that cholesterol plays in cardiovascular diseases is most probably largely overstated.
Reducing your cholesterol level with a diet excluding saturated fat or with medicine (statins), do not reduce the risk of death.
However, natural methods can help you reduce your cardiovascular risk, no matter what your age or health is.
It would be a shame not to use them, especially if your cholesterol level was too high on your latest blood test.
Before I tell you everything about what you can start doing today, let’s start with a quick reminder on cholesterol.
Cholesterol is good for your health
- Cholesterol is one of the most important molecules of the human body: it is essential to cellular production, as well as vitamin D and vital hormones production – such as stress or sexual hormones.
- Cholesterol is essential to digest fat: it’s a component of bile acids, produced by the liver.
- Finally, it is vital for the brain and memory: people lacking cholesterol or lowering their cholesterol level artificially with statins (medication) present memory problems, higher risks of diabetes, depression, suicide, or violent death.
This is backed-up by scientific research. These are not slight tendencies but very close correlations.
You can be sure of one thing: your cholesterol level is not the right indicator to assess your cardiovascular risk.
It is much more useful to perform the following tests:
- Triglycerides level: although a 2g/liter level is officially considered as acceptable, experts agree to say that a triglycerides level close to 1,5g/L already indicates a very bad cardiovascular health. Ideally, your triglycerides level should always stay below 1,2g/L .
- HDL/cholesterol ratio: HDL level – “good” cholesterol – is a predictive factor of heart risk. Simply divide your HDL level by your cholesterol level. Percentage should be superior to 24%.
- Triglycerides/HDL ratio: likewise, you can do the same with your triglycerides/HDL ratio. It should be below 2.
- Your blood sugar level (glycemia) on an empty stomach: studies show that people with a 100-125 mg/dl blood sugar level on an empty stomach have a 300% increased risk of coronary cardiac disease (arteries that supply blood to the heart) compared to people with levels below 79mg/dl .
- Iron level : an excessive iron level (ferritin level superior to 200 ng/ml) is a major factor of oxidative stress, can damage the wall of the arteries and increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. The easiest way to lower your iron level is to give blood. If your levels are excessively high, you should consult an hematologist as this could be a sign of hemochromatosis, a genetic disease.
We know that taking statins will not help.
They artificially lower your cholesterol level, effortlessly, but with many undesirable effects.
If your levels are bad, it’s a lifestyle problem that you can correct adapting your habits and diet.
Here is a list of natural methods to follow:
- Replace processed, artificial food with fresh whole-foods, cooked to a minimum, organic and grown locally if possible.
- Avoid low-fat products and increase your intake of fat beneficial to your health: avocado, oily fish, organic whole eggs, grass-fed cow butter, coconut oil, cold-pressed nut oil, unroasted and unsalted nuts (walnuts, almonds, hazelnut…), rapeseed or olive oil.
- Be attentive to your omega-3/omega-6 ratio that should be between 1 for 1 and 1 for 5, certainly not 1 for 20 or 1 for 30 as it is now the case for the western diet.
- Optimize your calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium intake; eating a great amount of organic vegetables will supply what you need. Prepare vegetable juice with your juicer to easily increase your intake.
- Keep an eye on your vitamin D level and favor sun exposure if possible. You will reach an optimal level by exposing at least three quarters of your body every day for 15 to 20 minutes; if you can’t expose yourself to the sun, you may take vitamin D as a supplement and combine it with vitamin K2 : these two vitamins act in synergy to prevent arteries calcification (arteriosclerosis)
- Control your internal toxicity and your inflammation level by regularly following my anti-candida aromatic program. You will learn how to use essential oils instead of many toxic medicine…