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Initially it’s important to know that cholesterol is sent out for two main reasons. Firstly, if there is any type of Inflammation in your body, either silent or known, then cholesterol is released. Or secondly, if there are hormonal abnormalities, as Cholesterol is one the main building blocks to making hormones.

Therefore if your hormone levels are out of control like menopause for males or females then cholesterol can elevate to provide the necessary material to normalise these abnormal levels. But because of other coding problems your body actually forgets to use the cholesterol that is available and hence your cholesterol levels may go up.

A simple example of Silent Inflammation is excess tummy fat, especially for women if your waist measurement is above 88cm or for men if your waist measurement is above 102cm. Tummy fat is also known as Metabolic Syndrome. A common example of known inflammation is if you experience pain anywhere in your body. Like Arthritis, Lower back pain, neck pain etc.

The above two reasons are the causes as to why cholesterol levels elevate.

Cholesterol is the good guy and only responds to Negative Metabolic changes that occur within your Body.

Cholesterol is a type of fat that is vital for life.

It is a building block for many metabolic processes in the body including making hormones, supporting cell structure and making bile. Cholesterol can be found in certain foods (e.g. meats, dairy products, eggs), and is also made by your liver. Too much cholesterol can be detrimental to your health by promoting fatty plaque deposits in blood vessels, known as atherosclerosis, increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease.

It’s important to get your cholesterol levels checked. However the levels that most Practitioners go by, needs an overhaul. Because it has been found that if cholesterol gets too low it can cause suicide, stroke and cancer. To get your Cholesterol levels in the ideal range should be a high priority.

Cholesterol: the Good and the Bad . . .

When you get your cholesterol levels checked, you will be interested in two main types of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. HDL is essentially the ‘good’ form of cholesterol while LDL is the ‘bad’ form of cholesterol. If the ratio of HDL : LDL is out of balance (i.e. not enough HDL, too much LDL), this puts you at increased risk of heart disease.

It’s imperative to identify if you have unhealthy cholesterol levels and prescribe specific natural supplements to restore balance between the good and bad types of cholesterol.

Also it’s important to get your hormone levels checked especially DHEA, Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone and Cortisol to name a few.

As explained above to treat the cause is your first step and the second step is to bring high cholesterol levels back to normal.

Here’s Four Simple Steps to Lowering Cholesterol . . .

Step #1 = Diet and lifestyle changes must form the foundation of any cholesterol-lowering plan. Important dietary changes to improve your general cardiovascular health include:

  • Eliminate damaging trans-fats found in fast foods, fried foods and baked goods. Trans-fats increase your risk of developing heart disease by increasing the ‘bad’ cholesterol.
  • Increase the amount of good fats you eat from cold water fish, nuts and seeds.
  • Follow the principles of eating foods that are rich in fresh fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil and garlic. People following these types of food plans have the lowest rates of cardiovascular disease in the world.
  • Cut down on sugar in your diet. Soft drinks, fruit juices and processed foods frequently contain ‘hidden sugars’. When there is an over-supply of sugar the body converts this to fat which negatively affects cholesterol balance.

Decrease grains from your diet, especially refined grains like cereals, white bread, donuts etc.

Step #2 = Lose weight. If you are overweight, weight loss is an essential part of reducing your cholesterol levels. If you need to lose weight, we can support you with a clinically-proven, specialised weight loss program.

Step #3 = Get moving. Daily physical activity is vital for improving cardiovascular health, stabilising cholesterol levels and for weight maintenance. With your exercises, your goal should be to get into oxygen debt.

Step #4 = Adopt a healthy lifestyle. It is also important that you also address factors such as stress and smoking, as these can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Our Centre has specific programs if you would like to decrease your stress levels or stop smoking and they can be done from anywhere in Australia or around the world.

Start making changes today. It is never too late to improve your health, and the simple dietary and lifestyle modifications outlined here, along with appropriate supplementation, can add years to your life and life to your years!

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