Detoxification and High Cholesterol

What exactly is high cholesterol? How can you treat it with natural remedies and naturopathic strategies? How is your cholesterol and what can you do to manage it better day to day?

Most people know that fats are an important part of our dietary needs. And yet they receive a really harsh beating over and over again. We constantly hear about how bad fat is for us – how it is linked to obesity, health issues, poor diet and chronic illness.

And while this is true, the real culprit is our own inability to maintain balance and to eat well and to eat in a way that meets our needs without going overboard. We need to try to stay balanced and healthy and we also need to understand that there are good fats and bad fats – that fats are important for our diet and our body and brain functioning. But we need to know what type to eat, as well as the amount and when and how.

Cholesterol – a type of fat

According to the CSIRO cholesterol is an important fat our body needs. Both the internal and the external membranes of all the cells of the body need it to function. But our body can actually make its own cholesterol and if we eat well, we will tend to make the right amount, with the excess flushed out by the liver.

It is a type of steroid (waxy) and it helps our bodies make hormones and cell membranes – so that cells are permeable and also have the right fluid balance.[1]

Too many saturated fats in the liver however, lead to too cholesterol. And too much cholesterol can lead to the following health problems:

  • Heart disease
  • Blocked arteries
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Peripheral vascular disease

Detoxification and good diet

If your cholesterol has been measured and is above average or high, there is in fact a lot you can do. 5.5 -6.5 rates as above average. 6.5 indicates a high level that requires some bigger changes

Patients who come into our clinic in Western Australia are educated about healthy diet and what to eat.

They are also told about various natural products and foods that can help to flush out excess cholesterol. We also advise on a thorough detoxification programme that aids the cleaning out phase of getting back to good health.

If you have high cholesterol, you should limit your intake of the following foods:

  • Dairy milk, cheese. Replace with soy or other alternatives or switch to low-fat alternatives
  • Reduce butter.
  • Processed foods
  • Take away foods
  • Meat with high fat content

Increase:

  • Water intake
  • Green and leafy vegetables
  • Salad foods
  • Lean chicken and meats trimmed
  • Fresh juices
  • Vitamin and natural health supplements

You can also treat high cholesterol with TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) or Homeopathic or Ayurvedic herbs.

So remember, cholesterol is an essential part of your diet and your body’s needs. Just enough is perfect. But too much means you run the risk of health complications and lower quality of life. Take the steps you need to improve your diet and health.

Have a great day!


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cholesterol