FAQ: What if I don’t want to take a ‘statin’ to manage my cholesterol?

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April 2, 2013 by Dr. Sana Keller

cholesterolOne of the most ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQ) I hear is, “How can I safely lower my high cholesterol levels?” Actually, a better question would be, “How can I safely maintain healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels long-term?”

The recommendations below have been found to be beneficial in normalizing cholesterol & triglyceride levels:

 

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Exercising regularly (as in at LEAST 5 days a week) physical …brisk walking, aerobics class, calisthenics with weight training, swimming…
  • Practicing meditation, yoga, Tai chi, & other stress-relieving measures
  • Eliminating/greatly minimizing processed foods and junk foods (trans fatty acids)
  • Eliminating/greatly minimizing simple sugars (anything made with sugar)
  • Quitting smoking
  • Eating AT LEAST 5-7 servings of vegetables & fruits (mostly vegetables)
  • Eating at least 1 large green salad (mixed greens—no iceberg lettuce) daily with extra virgin olive oil/vinegar dressing—no bottled dressings
  • Including soluble fiber in diet (vegetables, fruit, psyllium fiber supplements…)
  • Choosing normal serving sizes of quality proteins (grass-fed beef, chicken, turkey…)
  • Including healthy nuts every day…walnuts, almonds, cashews…
  • Adding garlic during food preparation daily if possible (can be taken as a supplement as well)
  • Drinking Green Tea daily…Hot or Iced… Brewed only, never instant or pre-mixed bottles. Several cups per day are required for full effect
  • Dark Chocolate…Preferably 70% cocoa or greater, approximately 2 inches square per day
  • Enjoying Red Wine in moderation
  • Adding ‘Greens’ powder to daily schedule (barley grass, wheat grass, alfalfa, spirulina, chlorella…)
  • CoQ10
  • Vitamin D3
  • Grapefruit seed extract
  • Red yeast rice extract
  • Omega 3 supplements (fish oil)
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin C & E

Important point to remember: Statins (often recommended for high cholesterol) work by reducing inflammation, NOT by reducing cholesterol. They also suppress immunity and have multiple serious potential side effects. There are many safe, natural ways to reduce inflammation, such as many of the recommendations listed above, along with herbs such as Curcumin & Quercetin.

You’re in charge of your health. Your health care providers should be team players with you in helping you reach your health goals. Medications should NOT be the first step in addressing the vast majority of health situations, including high cholesterol levels.

I work with clients to provide personalized recommendations that are safe and effective–and that are developed in partnership with you. Let me know if you have questions or would like further information:  http://www.healthunlimited.biz

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