Monday, June 1, 2009

Cholesterol Medication and Your Health

Do you take cholesterol medication that is recommended by a doctor? If so, there are some things you should know about these dangerous drugs:
  • They only mask the problem going on in your body, and don't get to the cause of the problem
  • Drugs deplete your body of vital nutrients, which lead to further medical issues
  • All drugs have side-effects. One of the primary side-effects of cholesterol medications is liver damage. Liver damage is dangerous and can lead to other health issues that are very unpleasant - not to mention expensive and time-consuming to treat
Here is how to raise your good cholesterol (HDL):
  • Eat real, grass-fed butter
  • Eat coconut oil
  • Eat grass-fed meats and pasture-raised eggs from reputable, local sources that raise their products sustainable
  • Eat plenty of organic, seasonal vegetables and fruits
  • Eat raw nuts and seeds
  • If you do eat grains, buy organic in bulk and soak overnight in a little lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and water to release the nutrients found in grains that our bodies often cannot absorb from not soaking and reduce the phytic acid content (that substance which causes indigestion and nutrient-absorbing blockage). Cook in the morning for 1/3 the time usual and eat with raw milk, homemade yogurt, a little raw honey or real maple syrup, and fruit.
  • Get regular, moderate exercise
  • Avoid sugar in any form - that means any refined carbohydrates - crackers, breads, rice cakes, cereals, pretzels, chips, bagels, pasta, desserts, sugary beverages (including juice and power "electrolyte" drinks).
  • Avoid processed foods and drinks, and especially those with artificial sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrups
  • Avoid unhealthy vegetable oils such as canola, soy, cottonseed, or safflower. These oils are too high in Omega 6s (which cause inflammation, cancer, and heart disease). These substances are also likely to be genetically-modified as well, which has its own set of health risks.
For more information on the Importance of Dietary Fats for health, visit Agriculture Society.

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