13 Tips to Fix Your Cholesterol Without Medication
Do you suffer from high cholesterol? Have you tried medication, that is side effect heavy, leaving you unable to take it? If you are looking to fix your cholesterol and reverse metabolic syndrome (metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke) or perhaps address a pre-diabetic state we have researched how you can successfully diagnose and treat your condition, supporting a healthier you as you age – naturally.
1. Make sure you receive the correct cholesterol tests, ask your health care provider whether you have safe, light and fluffy cholesterol particles or small, dense, artery-damaging cholesterol particles. Request an NMR particle size test from your GP for a definitive answer.
2.Do you have a fat belly? Check for metabolic syndrome by measuring your waist at the belly button and your hips at their widest point. If your waist to hip ratio is greater than 0.8 (for women) or 0.9 (for men) this indicates you have a problem.
3. You may have metabolic syndrome if you have small LDL and HDL particles.
4.If your HDL is less than 50 and your triglycerides are greater than 100, or the ratio of triglyceride to HDL is greater than 4, you may have metabolic syndrome.
5. Ask your GP for a glucose-insulin challenge test. This is a crucial test and not routinely offered, so be sure to request it.
6. Check your haemoglobin A1c – this measures your blood sugar over the previous 6 weeks. If it measures greater than 5.5, you may have metabolic syndrome.
7. Consume a healthy, plant-based diet, rich in omega-3, high fibre and quality proteins such as beans, nuts, seeds and lean animal protein. Eat a diet with a low glycemic load rich with phytonutrients and ideally, organic or grass fed animal protein.
8. Exercise, exercise and exercise. P.S Don’t forget to exercise.
9. Ensure a healthy, regular sleep pattern. Sleep is essential for healing, maintaining balanced blood sugar and your overall health and well-being.
10. Take supplements that support healthy cholesterol particle size. A multivitamin that includes, at least, 500mcg of chromium, 2mg of Biotin and 400mg of lipoic acid.
11. Take 1000mg of omega-3 fats (EPA/DHA) twice a day.
12. Supplement with 2000 IU vitamin D3 twice a day.
13. Consume a balanced consumption of plant sterols.
There are numerous ways in which to assist the body in naturall defending itself against the onset of disease processes as we age. For many only low-dose statins prescribed by a medical practitioner will lower their cholesterol levels, but in all cases, a comprehensive, healthy, nutrient rich diet coupled with an active lifestyle approach will complement any management process in place. At Inhealth.ie we stock the Easy Touch Blood Glucose / Cholesterol Monitoring System , specifically designed to check your blood glucose and cholesterol level on a regular basis and help to identify whether your current lifestyle is placing your future health at risk. Take control of your health in 2016 with our range of home health monitoring products designed to assist but not take the place of medical advice.