We all know that our diet can cause high serum cholesterol and triglycerides but did you know you can lower your bad (LDL) cholesterol and improve your good (HDL) cholesterol with simple dietary changes?
Cholesterol is essential for life and health. Cholesterol is an important ingredient for the formation of cell membranes, hormones, bile acids and Vitamin D. Cholesterol is predominantly made within the liver, intestines, adrenals, ovaries and testes and a portion is also derived from the diet but too much bad cholesterol combined with inflammation can increased our risk of heart disease.
One way to heal many health problems is with a detoxification diet that cleanses the body and re-establishes the nutritional balance needed for optimum health, says Elson Haas, M.D., director of the Preventive Medical Center of Marin in San Rafael, California, and author of Staying Healthy With Nutrition.
Detoxification is a key body function involving the elimination of metabolic waste and other toxins via the eliminatory organs- the skin and kidneys and especially the liver. As much of about 80% of all chemical processes that go on in your body involve detoxification activities and modern day living has led to an increased exposure to toxins.
One of the key factors that encourages the build-up of toxins in our body is the accumulation of fat cells. People who are overweight are usually very toxic, but then so are most people who live and eat in the Western world
High blood cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. A risk factor is a condition that increases your chance of getting a disease. When there is too much cholesterol (a fat-like substance) in your blood, it builds up in the walls of your arteries. Over time, this build-up causes “hardening of the arteries” so that arteries become narrowed and blood flow to the heart is slowed down or blocked. The blood carries oxygen to the heart, and if enough blood and oxygen cannot reach your heart, you may suffer chest pain. If the blood supply to a portion of the heart is completely cut off by a blockage, the result is a heart attack.
Being overweight is a risk factor for heart disease. It also tends to increase your cholesterol. Losing weight can help lower your LDL and total cholesterol levels, as well as raise your HDL and lower your triglyceride levels.
Everyone age 20 and older should have their cholesterol measured at least once every 5 years. It is best to have a blood test called a “lipoprotein profile” to find out your cholesterol numbers. This blood test is done after a 9- to 12-hour fast and gives information about your:
· Total cholesterol
· LDL (bad) cholesterol- the main source of cholesterol build-up and blockage in the arteries
· HDL (good) cholesterol- helps keep cholesterol from building up in the arteries
· Triglycerides- another form of fat in your blood
A 5-10 percent weight-loss can result in a five point increase in HDL cholesterol. This deserves applause as raising HDL by these few points can lower the risk of an individual developing heart disease. HDL cholesterol of more than 40 mg/dl for men and more than 50 mg/dl for women is protective against heart disease.
Losing 5-10 percent of body weight was shown to decrease triglycerides by an average of 40 mg/dl, which is a significant drop.
By losing 5-10 percent of one’s weight, blood pressure, both systolic and diastolic, decrease by 5 mmHg on average
Even in diabetics, one of the laboratory markers used to screen for diabetes and to monitor its treatment is called Hemoglobin A1C. The normal level should be below 6.5. Research has shown that a 5-10 percent weight-loss can decrease this marker by half a point on average. Achieving this is so fantastic for good diabetes management.
So What Can Anyone Possibly Do To LOSE 5-10 Percent Body Weight?
The error in most weight loss programs is that many of them do not emphasise the importance of DETOXIFICATION as part of the whole weight loss process.
Therefore it is always good to embrace a weight loss program that incorporates both DETOXIFICATION and Natural Weight Loss and Nutritional Balancing approach.