to Keep America’s #1 Killer
from Striking You
Whether you’re at risk of heart disease, have already suffered its effects, or are simply looking for ways to avoid this killer, you’ve come to the right place.
Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S., so it’s imperative that you pay attention to your heart health. After all, you want to be around to enjoy the self-reliant lifestyle you’re establishing for yourself.
The good news is that major advances in science and medicine make preventing and even reversing heart disease entirely possible, and much easier than it was for our parents just one generation ago.
Today, we’re going to share three steps you can take to achieve your optimum cholesterol levels and protect your heart health for the long-term.
Let’s start by debunking two cholesterol myths that can put your health at serious risk.
Cholesterol Lies the Medical Industry
Is Using to Peddle More Drugs
First, there’s so much talk about the risk of high cholesterol and how bad it is for you that a lot of people have come to believe that cholesterol doesn’t play a useful role in your body. It does. Both LDL and HDL cholesterol play an important role in cellular health and in the production of certain hormones.
If your cholesterol levels drop too low, it can compromise your overall health, unbalancing your hormones, and lowering your vitality. That’s why it’s so important to try to control your cholesterol levels and heart disease risk through natural means rather than through drugs.
The second myth is that high cholesterol levels mean you’re at high risk of heart disease. That’s not necessarily the case.
True, many people with heart disease have high cholesterol, but many people with high cholesterol have perfectly normal heart health. What we’re driving at here is that high cholesterol levels alone are not a reason to take expensive cholesterol-lowering drugs, which are notorious for their unpleasant side effects according to the Mayo Clinic. And, you can’t guarantee good heart health through low cholesterol levels – there are too many other factors to consider, many of which have a bigger effect on heart health.
The reason to avoid cholesterol-lowering drugs?
Unless you are in imminent danger from heart disease, these drugs do too much harm to your body in other ways.
The most popular cholesterol-lowering drugs on the market are statins. Lipitor, the world’s most prescribed drug with annual global sales exceeding $11 billion, is one example of a statin. Statins work by interfering with your body’s natural production of cholesterol in the liver. Unfortunately, they also interfere with the production of other important compounds like coenzyme Q10. They can hurt your liver, cause intestinal problems, and trigger muscle pain and weakness.
Another little-known side effect is that statins may actually decrease your heart’s function. That’s right… even as statins lower your cholesterol levels and help to protect you from a heart attack, they may simultaneously be weakening your heart’s ability to function at optimum levels, setting you up for other health problems over the long-term.
Three Secrets to Healthy Cholesterol
(and a Healthy Heart) Without All the Drugs
Eating habits that can help control cholesterol: There are a number of risk factors for heart disease – high cholesterol is only one of them. Other leading risk factors include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and being overweight or obese. You can control all of these and your cholesterol levels, as well, by eating a smarter diet.
With all the different fad diets and “miracle” foods that make the news, it’s easy to understand why eating better for your heart can seem so confusing. But, it’s really not. Allow me to simplify.
First, get more fiber. Higher levels of dietary fiber are associated with lower LDL cholesterol (the kind that contributes the most to heart disease), better blood sugar levels, and a healthier weight. Fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds are the best sources of dietary fiber. Aim get at least 25 grams of fiber a day… 30 would be better.
Next, cut down on processed foods. These foods are often full of empty calories, chemically altered fats, and all sorts of additives and preservatives. They can do a number on your blood sugar and blood pressure and also contribute to imbalances in your cholesterol levels. A good rule of thumb is to choose the most natural foods possible. Lean cuts of meat, fresh vegetables, and whole grains make up the basis of a heart healthy diet.
Finally, slow down when you eat. Chew each bite thoroughly and enjoy the flavors. If you eat slower, you tend to eat less, and overeating may be one of the biggest culprits of all when it comes to putting you at risk for heart disease.
Reduce your stress levels and boost your heart health: Stress plays a huge role in the development of heart disease. When you’re stressed – especially if you experience chronic stress from a job you dislike, a relationship that’s going south, or from ongoing financial issues – your body releases all sorts of hormones to help you cope. Those hormones can lead to inflammation, high blood pressure, hardening arteries and weight gain.
Search for ways to relieve your stress. Different people find stress relief in different ways. For one person, an intense kickboxing class might be the ideal stress reliever while for another person, a yoga class might be preferable. A third person might find cultivating a hobby like cooking or painting to be a better stress reliever.
In addition to stress relieving activities, pause throughout the day and take a minute to breathe deeply. It might sound trivial, but in fact it’s an easy and effective way to reduce stress. Proper breathing uses the diaphragm rather than the chest muscles to draw air in. To release a breath, just relax the diaphragm and let it flow out of your lungs naturally. This is sometimes referred to as belly breathing. Breathing like this helps reduce stress and anxiety, so give it a try.
Control cholesterol naturally: In addition to choosing a more wholesome diet and taking steps to reduce your stress, you can go one step further toward bringing your cholesterol levels into balance by taking a couple of select natural supplements.
One of the most powerful supplements for balancing cholesterol levels is garlic. In one study, regular garlic supplementation reduced LDL-cholesterol levels by as much as 32.9 points and also lowered overall heart disease risk significantly.
Along with garlic, consider taking pantethine, a derivative of vitamin B5. In patients with high risk of heart disease, 900 mg of pantethine taken daily helped to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels with very little in the way of side effects. Because pantethine is a vitamin derivate rather than a vitamin, it is a good idea to take this particular supplement while under the guidance of your healthcare practitioner.
Of all the health problems and chronic diseases out there, heart disease is the most deadly. By understanding the true role cholesterol plays in heart disease risk, and by taking steps to balance your own cholesterol levels naturally and improve your overall heart health, you can start protecting yourself from threat of this common killer.
These three steps can move you toward greater heart health. Get started today!