Wise men have said, “We are what we eat”. Today, the need to accept and adhere to this line of thinking is greater than ever. The lack of time and stress defines today’s modern lifestyle. As a result, more people today do not pay due attention to what they eat.
Over a period of time, an unhealthy diet can lead to various health problems, and none is more serious than the condition of high cholesterol levels. This particular health condition is a direct result of our eating habits and lifestyle.
High Cholesterol and Cardiovascular diseases
Excessive cholesterol leads to the build up of plaque in arteries, which in turn clogs them and severely affects their capacity to transfer blood. Studies point that high cholesterol is the biggest cause of cardiovascular disease and failure.
Misconception about Cholesterol
Much has been said about cholesterol, but very little is understood.
Most people believe that cholesterol is a bad substance- one that should not be present in our body. They couldn’t be more wrong.
Cholesterol is, in fact, a very necessary component, and our body needs it to perform various functions. In normal conditions, the human body produces the amount of cholesterol it requires. The problem comes from the excessive cholesterol that enters our body from the food we eat.
Though allopathic medicines help in cholesterol management, we need to be conscious of what we eat to ensure excessive cholesterol build up does not occur. Also, one needs to remember that conventional approaches are laced with side-effects, some of which may be serious.
Some of the foods that naturopaths recommend high cholesterol patients should consume to control their condition are:
- Pecans should be a part of a high cholesterol patient’s diet. According to a recent study conducted in Mexico, consumption of ¾ cups of sugarless pecans without corn syrup can help reduce bad cholesterol by 10%.
- Ginger helps in reducing the levels of bad cholesterol. You can grate ginger and add it to your tea or to your food.
- Cassava helps control cholesterol. A recent study that was conducted in Philippines found that Cassava is not only helpful in decreasing the total cholesterol and bad cholesterol levels, but also in lowering triglyceride levels.
In addition to the 3 foods mentioned above, apples, wheatgrass, oatmeal, barley, and other high fiber foods also help lower cholesterol in the blood.
If you search in the right place, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that there are plenty of foods and other natural remedies that can help you manage your cholesterol levels. To known more on this subject, stay tuned, as we are soon going to release an all new cholesterol guide.