There are many misconceptions about what causes high cholesterol and heart attacks.
The greatest myth of all is that is comes from your diet!
Do you watch what you eat; thinking that this is going to help your cardiovascular health?
If so, what foods are you avoiding? They may in fact, be the very ones you need!
Although you do ingest cholesterol from over processed food sources and fatty, grain fed meats; this is actually not a factor, as to why you may be suffering from “high cholesterol.”
The fact that most people simply avoid “high fat” foods, believing this will lower cholesterol is a myth.
This common approach has caused a whole generation of individuals to become deficient in omega 3 fatty acids, which is also a leading cause in arthritis.
There have been countless studies that have shown how eating high fat, high cholesterol foods does not significantly increase your risk of high cholesterol or heart attacks.
In fact, the Framingham Heart Study, which began in 1948, involving nearly 6,000 people, proved just that.
Two groups were created;
One group ate only a high saturated fat and cholesterol diet, while the other ate little of both, for over 5 years. The study showed that the people who ate more saturated fat, cholesterol and calories, had lower body weight and were more physically active! The study did show that those who weighed more and had abnormally high blood cholesterol levels were slightly more at risk for future heart disease, but weight gain and cholesterol levels had an inverse correlation with fat and cholesterol intake in the diet. [Taken from ‘Nourishing Traditions’ by Sally Fallon]
Did you know that mother’s milk produces a higher proportion of cholesterol than almost any other food. It also contains over 50 percent of it’s calories as fat, much of it saturated fat.
As well, numerous studies over the years have proven that many traditional societies that eat high fat, meat, high cholesterol containing foods have the lowest blood cholesterol levels as well as the lowest heart disease statistics in the world.
Such as; the Yemenite Jews who live in Yemen and whose diets consist solely of animal fats, had little heart disease or diabetes, compared to the Yemenite Jews who lived in Israel, and whose diet consisted of margarine and processed vegetable oils.
The Japanese who have the longest lifespan of any nation, is generally attributed to a low fat diet. Although they eat few dairy fats, they eat higher than normal levels of animal fats from eggs, pork, chicken, beef, seafood and organ meats. On a daily basis they consume more cholesterol than Americans. What they don’t consume is processed foods, vegetable oils and white flour.
The Swiss, Austrians and Greeks all have high fat diets, yet they are among the longest and healthiest, living nations.
It is not the fats or cholesterol that are causing heart disease, like we have been led to believe.
It is in actual fact the high processed, flour and sugar based products that are creating the problem. Along with high levels of emotional and mental stress on a daily basis.
Cholesterol is a fat molecule that is created by your liver.
It is the precursor to steroidal hormones, it manufactures vitamin D, and it repairs damaged tissue, which confirms the importance and need for healthy cholesterol levels.
When LDL cholesterol is seen in high percentage within your bloodstream, it is not because you have taken it in from high fat foods. It is due to several complex factors, which stem from within your whole body or being.
One of the main and unrecognized factors of high cholesterol, is emotional and/or psychological stress.
Stress that has occurred over extended periods of time.
This extensive stress affects your physical body, by constantly expanding your arteries to create more blood flow to help mobilize you for the stressful situation. You are in a typical flight or fight response, which becomes a problem when it is chronic, and goes on for long periods of time.
This chronic long term stress on your arteries, creates damage, small tears and stretching that requires repair. It is the cholesterol that is produced by your liver that repairs this soft tissue. However long term stress, requires constant repairing.
This constant manufacturing of cholesterol to repair damaged arteries means there is going to be a build up and clogging of arteries over time. All because you have never stopped the original cause – the STRESS!
The second most important cause is a diet based solely on processed, high sugar, high flour content, and not enough good fats.
How to properly reduce your high cholesterol and improve your health;
Take the time to do some serious self reflection and make changes in your life.
- Become more aware when you feel stressed during the day and take a few minutes to do some deep breathing. Take full deep breaths into your abdomen, be sure that your out breath is longer than the in breath since the out breath is the relaxing one.
- Try some homeopathic remedies to help you safely and effectively reduce the affects of your stress. The key to finding the right remedy, is to find out what you stress about and how it effects you. Two of the top remedies I employ are Aconite and Ignatia. When dealing with mental and emotional issues, it is always best to start with these remedies at a 1M potency and go up from there. Another great support product, is the Bach rescue remedy.
- Try to empty your mind of any unwanted thoughts that are helping feed the stress. If you cannot do anything about the problem you are stressing about right now, then let it go! Come back to it when you are more able to fully deal with it. If you have trouble simply emptying your mind then find something positive to focus on for a few minutes and allow the good emotions that go along with it to well up within you. This will distract you from the old negative thought for a while to allow your stress level to go down. For more qualitative support on eliminating stress, check out this amazing support kit by clicking on the image below –
- Clean up your diet, removing any over processed foods and foods that are fried or full of bad fats. As this only adds more stress to your digestive system, which your liver is a part of!
- Cleanse your liver, gall bladder and bowels, so that they are working more efficiently. By taking a high potency- 30 to 60 billion count of a multi probiotic, along with naturally fermented foods, you will enhance your immune system and replenish your bowel with good healthy productive bacteria. To cleanse your liver, work with Chinese herbal bitters that are specific to helping open up and clean out toxins from your liver and gallbladder. Homeopathic remedies that can help are; Chelidonium, Nux Vomica, Lycopodium.
- You can get my Whole Body Detox Kit right here!
- Exercise! Any form of exercise will help release endorphins, which help to lift your mood and make you feel good. Exercise also releases tension, provided you are not over-extending yourself during your exercise. It increases muscle mass, which helps to increase your metabolism, increasing your energy on all levels.
- Add some support supplements for adrenal stress. A high vitamin B supplement, sublingual B 12, or foods high in natural B’s such as; nutritional yeast, grass fed beef, beans, legumes, lentils, nuts, seeds, eggs and fish. Will all go a long way, to helping you cope with stress in a more level manor.
Being aware of what you eat is definitely an integral part of helping attain and maintain your own health.
However, also being aware of what is truly healthy for you and your individual needs is even more significant.
Always learn to listen to yourself first. If it makes you feel good on every level, then it is true for you at this time.
Never take someone else’s word as the ultimate truth, ask around, do some research on your own, Self due diligence is the key to personal health.
If you’re struggling to find what is right and true for you; or maybe you have no time to do all the research and would love a little objective support. If so –
In true resonant health,
Have a self inspiring day!
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