We all worry about high cholesterol at a very young age. What is good cholesterol, what is bad cholesterol and how do I maintain a healthy balance between the two. And what is Triglycerides? Your body naturally makes cholesterol which usually isn’t what doctors worry about, however it’s the foods that we eat and the role each ingredient plays is the big concern.
Your body needs a little bit of cholesterol to work properly. But too much cholesterol can clog your arteries and lead to heart disease. This article focuses on cholesterol and your diet.
- HDL test (“good” cholesterol)
- LDL test (“bad” cholesterol)
- Lipid profile
- High blood cholesterol and triglycerides
Cholesterol helps the body produce hormones, bile acid, and vitamin D. Cholesterol moves through the bloodstream to be used by all parts of the body.
Cholesterol is found in eggs, dairy products, meat, and poultry. Egg yolks and organ meats (liver, kidney, sweetbread, and brain) are high in cholesterol. Fish generally contains less cholesterol than other meats, but some shellfish are high in cholesterol.
Foods of plant origin (vegetables, fruits, grains, cereals, nuts, and seeds) contain no cholesterol.
Fat content is not a good measure of cholesterol content. For example, liver and other organ meats are low in fat, but very high in cholesterol.
In general, your risk of developing heart disease or atherosclerosis goes up as your level of blood cholesterol increases.
More than half of the adult population has blood cholesterol levels higher than the desirable range. High cholesterol levels often begin in childhood. Some children may be at higher risk due to a family history of high cholesterol.
To lower high cholesterol levels:
- Limit total fat intake to 25 – 35% of total daily calories. Less than 7% of daily calories should be from saturated fat, no more than 10% should be from polyunsaturated fat, and no more than 20% from monounsaturated fat.
- Eat less than 200 mg of dietary cholesterol per day.
- Get more fiber in your diet.
- Lose weight.
- Increase physical activity.
The recommendations for children’s diets are similar to those of adults. It is very important that children get enough calories to support their growth and activity level, and that the child achieves and maintains a desirable body weight.
Our office has been helping treat and maintain high cholesterol using natural remedies such as whole food supplements for over 2 years now. We have seen successes in reducing LDL and triglycerides as well as increasing HDL.
Many patients wonder if they have to discontinue their prescription medications in order to try the alternative route. This isn’t true. Most patients continue with their regular prescription medications for high cholesterol in conjunction with the whole food supplements.
You may wonder how we are able to measure the progress and isolate the results. A lipid profile through lab work is the best way to see how your cholesterol is being maintained. We recommend blood work 3-6 months after you have started our program and compare the results to your previous lab results. This will give us a proper measure of how the supplements are affecting you. You and your medical doctor can then decide as to how to precede with the prescription medications and most tend to cut the dose in half or eliminate them completely.
Whole food supplements are not habitual so you won’t be taking them for the rest of your life, but even if you chose to do so, there is no harm because the ingredients are derived from plant and/or animal product and are 100% natural. The line of product we carry caters to vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians alike.
Feel free to call our office for more information about our nutritional supplements and customized plan specifically for your wellness needs.
CHOCOLATE LOVERS’ RECIPE
Flourless Chocolate Cake Serves: 8
Perfect for people who can’t have gluten. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream, or simply dusted with icing sugar.
- 4 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch round cake pan, and dust with cocoa powder.
- In the top of a double boiler over lightly simmering water, melt chocolate and butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Slices can also be reheated for 20 to 30 seconds in the microwave before serving.
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